MotoGP Sepang Test – Day 3: Enter the Factory Prototypes

02/05/2013 @ 12:48 pm, by David Emmett8 COMMENTS


Dani Pedrosa has ended the first full-day of MotoGP factory prototype testing at Sepang at the top of the timesheets. The Repsol Honda man was fast throughout the day, finally setting a time that would not be beaten with an hour left of the test.

Though Pedrosa’s best time could not be bested, it was challenged, Jorge Lorenzo using the final minutes of the session to post his fastest lap of the day, falling just eight thousandths short of Pedrosa, but still right on the pace.

The most impressive performance of the day goes to Marc Marquez though, who was fast out of the box, led the session at one point and finished the day less than five hundredths of a second behind his teammate. Marquez had been expected to make a strong start, and be within a few tenths of Pedrosa and Lorenzo, but getting within a few hundredths can be classed as exceptional.

Valentino Rossi’s return to Yamaha was a happy one: the Italian was fast and smooth, leading the session at one stage and ending the day in touch with the leaders, four tenths behind Pedrosa, just under four tenths slower than Jorge Lorenzo.

Stefan Bradl also impressed on the LCR Honda, now in factory-spec, taking 5th spot behind Rossi, and just under a tenth ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man Cal Crutchlow, who ended the day in 6th. Alvaro Bautista was the last man within a second of Pedrosa, the Gresini Honda man eight tenths off the pace of the Repsol rider.

It was a tough day for Ducati. Nicky Hayden was the fastest Ducati man, as was to be expected, but the American was over two seconds behind Pedrosa, and over a third of a second slower than the Yamaha and Honda test riders, Hayden ended the day in 10th.

Andrea Dovizioso was 13th, just behind MotoGP rookie Bradley Smith on the second Tech 3 Yamaha, while the satellite Pramac Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies ended the session behind the Aspar Aprilia CRT machines of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet.

The weather, which had looked like disrupting the test, held off all day, leaving the MotoGP field to get in a full day of testing, with all of the riders getting plenty of laps under their belt.

The hope is that the weather will continue to smile on MotoGP for the next two days, allowing the riders a chance to get a full and useful first test in at Sepang. Testing continues on Wednesday.

Results from Day 3 of MotoGP’s Test at Sepang, Malaysia:

126Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team2:01.157 – –
299Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing2:01.1650.0080.008
393Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team2:01.2010.0440.036
446Valentino RossiYamaha Factory Racing2:01.5840.4270.383
56Stefan BradlLCR Honda MotoGP2:01.7890.6320.205
635Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.8810.7240.092
719Alvaro BautistaGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:01.9810.8240.100
8T2Katsayuki NakasugaYamaha Factory2:02.9681.8110.987
972Kosuke AkiyoshiHRC Test Team2:02.9721.8150.004
1069Nicky HaydenDucati Team2:03.3362.1790.364
11T1Wataru YoshikawaYamaha Factory2:03.4562.2990.120
1238Bradley SmithMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.4602.3030.004
134Andrea DoviziosoDucati Team2:03.5352.3780.075
1441Aleix EspargaroPower Electronics Aspar2:03.7822.6250.247
1514Randy de PunietPower Electronics Aspar2:04.2833.1260.501
1629Andrea IannoneEnergy T.I. Pramac Racing Team2:04.5003.3430.217
1711Ben SpiesIgnite Pramac Racing Team2:05.0863.9290.586
1837Takumi TakahashiHRC Test Team2:05.1543.9970.068
198Hector BarberaAvintia Blusens2:05.4694.3120.315
2068Yonny HernandezPaul Bird Motorsport2:05.6564.4990.187
2117Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing2:05.6944.5370.038
229Danilo PetrucciCame IodaRacing Project2:05.7534.5960.059
237Hiroshi AoyamaAvintia Blusens2:05.9194.7620.166
2471Claudio CortiNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:06.4265.2690.507
2533Michael LavertyPaul Bird Motorsport2:06.5075.3500.081
2652Lukas PesekCame IodaRacing Project2:07.0155.8580.508
2767Bryan StaringGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:07.0445.8870.029
285Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward Racing Team2:08.2067.0491.162

Lap records and 2012 Sepang 1 times:

Pole Record2012Jorge Lorenzo2:00.334
Lap Record2007Casey Stoner2:02.108
2012 Sepang 1Day 1 fastestJorge Lorenzo2:01.657
2012 Sepang 1Overall fastestCasey Stoner1:59.607

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • David

    Finally…..some lap times!!!!! WooHoo!

  • Ken C.

    It’s pretty sad when the Honda and Yamaha test riders put up better times than the Ducati Factory riders.

  • I bet SIC will be on top of sheet if he still around…nice to see Vale back to his ‘track’, going to Ducati is a biggest downfall for him…Dani will be the man to fight this year for sure, wish he didn’t crash & injured this time…Marquez, long way to go man so keep it up…Lorenzo, I’m not really fan of this guy but he is pain in the @ss for Vale…hahaha…

  • Odie

    I am so glad to Vale back to his old self. Though, it is a pity that Stoner isn’t here. That would make for an epic season. More over, it’s really sad that SIC won’t be duking it out with the aliens. I think he might have had the chops to enter the League of Aliens. That would have just been the cherry.

  • budi

    Marques FTW

  • L2C

    Honda sammiches.

  • L2C

    And I know I don’t need to say it — but poor Colin Edwards! Damn.

  • “And I know I don’t need to say it — but poor Colin Edwards! Damn.”

    No kidding. He’d put in better lap times on a Moto2 bike.