MotoGP Sepang Test – Day 4: Quid Pro Status Quo

02/06/2013 @ 12:38 pm, by David Emmett1 COMMENT


Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets once again on the second day of prototype testing at Sepang, the Repsol Honda man getting off to a flying start and cracking into the 2’00s early in the session. He was joined there by Jorge Lorenzo, the Factory Yamaha rider once again shadowing Pedrosa, ending the day just two hundredths behind the Repsol rider.

Marc Marquez confirmed his first day times were no fluke, the only other man to post a lap in the 2’00s, though the rookie was a quarter of a second slower than his teammate on Wednesday, losing a fraction of the ground.

Valentino Rossi once again took 4th spot, the Italian still just under half a second off the two title favorites. The Honda men continued to work on engine durability, while Yamaha riders Lorenzo and Rossi had new engines with more acceleration to test, and a new chassis aimed at curing the pumping from the rear wheel of the bike.

Cal Crutchlow took over the best satellite rider spot, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man ending three quarters of a second  behind Pedrosa, but a respectable quarter of a second off the pace of Rossi.

Stefan Bradl continued to impress on the LCR Honda, nabbing 6th today, a fraction behind Crutchlow, and over a third of a second ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Go&Fun Gresini rider continuing to work on the Showa suspension the team has elected to use instead of the Ohlins used by nearly the entire rest of the field.

Bradley Smith’s second full day of testing went a lot better than his first, the Tech 3 rookie wiping 1.5 seconds off his time from Tuesday, and closing in on Bautista.

The fortunes of the Ducatis also radically improved. Both Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso took over a second off their times from Tuesday, and improved to 9th and 10th, ahead of the Honda and Yamaha test riders, which should elicit a huge sigh of relief in Bologna. The gap to the fast men is now back to 1.5 seconds, about the same as it was for Hayden at the first Sepang test last year.

The Pramac satellite riders also improved, Ben Spies took two-whole seconds off his time from yesterday, continuing to struggle with his weak shoulder and getting to grips with the Desmosedici. Andrea Iannone took 1.3 seconds off his time from yesterday, setting the 15th time, 2.6 back from Pedrosa.

The work of dialing in the spec-ECU continues for the CRT teams, and progress is rapid. Danilo Petrucci is getting closer to the Aspar ART bikes of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet, with the FTR Kawasakis of the Blusens Avintia team now not far behind. Irish rookie Michael Laverty put in an impressive performance, slashing a second off his time from Tuesday, and closing on Karel Abraham on the ART machine, as well as the two Avintia bikes.

The weather held up well almost until the end, the rain only falling in the final hour of the test. A large number of riders took advantage of the rain to get some time in on rain tires. The forecast for the final day of testing on Thursday looks less promising, with rain looking likely all day. But at least the MotoGP men now have two solid days of testing under their belts.

Results from Day 4 of MotoGP’s Test at Sepang, Malaysia:

126Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team2:00.549 – –
299Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing2:00.5680.0190.019
393Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team2:00.8030.2540.235
446Valentino RossiYamaha Factory Racing2:01.0380.4890.235
535Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.3110.7620.273
66Stefan BradlLCR Honda MotoGP2:01.3690.8200.058
719Alvaro BautistaGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:01.7291.1800.360
838Bradley SmithMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.9311.3820.202
969Nicky HaydenDucati Team2:02.1101.5610.179
104Andrea DoviziosoDucati Team2:02.3791.8300.269
1172Kosuke AkiyoshiHRC Test Team2:02.5261.9770.147
12T2Katsayuki NakasugaYamaha Factory2:02.7012.1520.175
1311Ben SpiesIgnite Pramac Racing Team2:03.0022.4530.301
14T1Wataru YoshikawaYamaha Factory2:03.1562.6070.154
1529Andrea IannoneEnergy T.I. Pramac Racing Team2:03.1692.6200.013
1641Aleix EspargaroPower Electronics Aspar2:03.2512.7020.082
1714Randy de PunietPower Electronics Aspar2:03.7913.2420.540
189Danilo PetrucciCame IodaRacing Project2:04.2843.7350.493
1937Takumi TakahashiHRC Test Team2:04.5594.0100.275
207Hiroshi AoyamaAvintia Blusens2:04.7864.2370.227
218Hector BarberaAvintia Blusens2:04.9894.4400.203
2217Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing2:05.0284.4790.039
2333Michael LavertyPaul Bird Motorsport2:05.4174.8680.389
2471Claudio CortiNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:05.7215.1720.304
2568Yonny HernandezPaul Bird Motorsport2:05.8375.2880.116
265Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward Racing Team2:06.2055.6560.368
2767Bryan StaringGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:06.8986.3490.693
2852Lukas PesekCame IodaRacing Project2:30.24320.96314.614

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.

  • nohatejusttruth

    well the combined test results are in for the last test of 2013 and the season is about to start again.
    dont hate on me for this cuz I’m from the states and I know there will be lots more of the same excuse’s we heard last year…ben spies cranks out 48 laps for the whole test while everyone else was past 100 and his main rivals all did 145 or so….and ben comes in 17 overall with his teamate and a few crt bikes ahead of him……I dont care what the excuse is he had all off season to be at the top of his game and so did the team for this most crucial test especially for him…..really ben you should have went back to wsbk that is were you shine sir…you do not have the work ethic it takes to compete at motogp level in any consistent manor and your taking the spot of people who do…I site mark marquez aproch to “getting his head in the game” no distractions no hambuger startups no music headphones all the time no cell phone texting or reading every 30 minutes no silly dumbass videos ! just work ! cuz ben at this level it’s hard work very hard work and you like to sleep in man.