Pedrosa tops opening day of pre-season testing

  • Tuesday 5th February, 2013 9:40pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Pedrosa Malaysia test 344x259 Pedrosa tops opening day of pre season testing

Dani Pedrosa fastest at Sepang Day 1

Dani Pedrosa has set the benchmark on the opening day of pre-season MotoGP testing at Sepang in Malaysia.

All the MotoGP prototype and CRT are present in Malaysia, including test riders from Yamaha and Honda making-up the numbers.

The Repsol Honda Team rider put the RC213V top of the time sheets late in the day. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo had a final push with his new Yamaha, featuring a different chassis and upgraded engine to get within 0.008 seconds. Honda new-boy Marc Marquez making it three Spaniards at the top.

“We’ve spent three months off the bike and the feeling from the first day testing is positive,” said Pedrosa.

“The track was in good condition and we were able to put in a lot of laps at a good pace, thanks to it not being especially hot.

“We didn’t play about with the setup today, but we will move onto that in the remaining two days of testing.”

Valentino Rossi is showing that he’s coming to grips with his return to Yamaha in fourth, just over four-tenths off Pedrosa in fourth.

“After two seasons away I was able to come back on the bike and remember the good feeling I always had with it,” said Rossi.

“I am also happy because I was quite fast from the morning. We worked on the settings to make some improvements and we made some good steps. In the afternoon we started to work on the new parts for the season.

“It’s just the first test but the potential is high and I am in a good position, I am in fourth place but not far from the other three guys. I am very positive that we can improve over the next few days but I’m happy with the start.”

LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl, who is running the same spec RC213V Pedrosa had at the final round last year ended the day in fifth, just two tenths off Rossi.

Ducati has plenty of work to do with Nicky Hayden in 10th and Andrea Dovizioso in 13th.

Despite poor weather yesterday for running of the CRT bikes only, today’s weather was hot, but the rain stayed away.

After the dominant recent years of Casey Stoner, the only Australian taking part in the test is Bryan Staring who was 27th aboard the CRT Go & Fun Honda Gresini.

Testing continues at Sepang on Wednesday and Thursday.

SEPANG : Day 1 testing times 

Pos

Rider

Team

Fastest lap

Lead. Gap

Laps

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:01.157 48 / 0
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.165 0.008 57 / 0
3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:01.201 0.044 60 / 0
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.584 0.427 30 / 0
5 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.789 0.632 43 / 0
6 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.881 0.724 46 / 0
7 Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:01.981 0.824 52 / 0
8 Katsayuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.968 1.811 50 / 0
9 Kosuke Akiyoshi HRC Test Team 2:02.972 1.815 46 / 0
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:03.336 2.179 22 / 0
11 Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory 2:03.456 2.299 14 / 0
12 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.460 2.303 53 / 0
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:03.535 2.378 35 / 0
14 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.782 2.625 54 / 0
15 Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:04.283 3.126 42 / 0
16 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 2:04.500 3.343 53 / 0
17 Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing Team 2:05.086 3.929 19 / 21
18 Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:05.154 3.997 68 / 0
19 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:05.469 4.312 37 / 0
20 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.656 4.499 39 / 0
21 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.694 4.537 30 / 0
22 Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:05.753 4.596 27 / 0
23 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:05.919 4.762 47 / 0
24 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:06.426 5.269 29 / 0
25 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 2:06.507 5.350 42 / 0
26  Lukas Pesek Came IodaRacing Project 2:07.015 5.858 40 / 0
27 Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:07.044 5.887 33 / 0
28 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team 2:08.206 7.049 24 / 0

 

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