Dani Pedrosa continues to set the pace at pre-season MotoGP testing

  • Thursday 7th February, 2013 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Dani Pedrosa has Honda out front at the Sepang test

Dani Pedrosa has Honda out front at the Sepang test

Dani Pedrosa has for the second day running set the pace in pre-season MotoGP testing at Sepang in Malaysia,

Pedrosa and his Repsol Honda teammate Marc Márquez (third fastest) worked on the RC213V’s electronics package and both put in impressive times. Over at Yamaha Jorge Lorenzo (second fastest) and Valentino Rossi (Fourth quickest) continued to evaluate the 2013 M1, in a bid to decide which parts are an improvement over last year’s title-winning machine.

“The feeling is good, I’m happy and that’s what’s important,” said Pedrosa.

“We had planned to try a few more things in the afternoon, like the hard compound tyres, but it started to rain early and we were unable to go out.

“We hope that it is good weather tomorrow so that we can try them out, as in the coming season it will be important to ride fast on that compound. We also hope to continue moving forward with our quest for the best bike setup.”

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow was fastest of the non full-factory machines finishing just over seven tenths off the top, whilst LCR Honda MotoGP’s had to deal with health issues Stefan Bradl, but was still next fastest ahead of Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista in seventh.

Tech 3’s Bradley Smith came in just over 1.3s below Pedrosa, with Ducati’s Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso in tow, as the pair managed to significantly improve their pace from the opening day. Looming just behind were HRC test rider Kosuke Akiyoshi and Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga, who managed to finish ahead of Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies, who not only put in more laps today after shoulder issues, but also upped his pace significantly. Splitting him from his also improved teammate Andrea Iannone was Yamaha test rider Wataru Yoshikawa.

The Power Electronics Aspar pair of Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet led the CRT field once more, as both riders evaluated a new chassis and swingarm, with Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and HCR test rider Takumi Takahashi in tow. Avintia Blusens’ Hiroshi Aoyama looked to have few ill effects from his broken left wrist as he improved to 20th, ahead of teammate Héctor Barberá, who was working on the electronics and trying to overcome chatter issues.

Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham headed a much-improved Michael Laverty on the Paul Bird Motorsport ART bike, who managed to beat teammate Yonny Hernandez by two places, as the Colombian struggled for rear grip. Splitting them was NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Claudio Corti, with teammate Colin Edwards and Australia’s Bryan Staring completing the line-up.

Track time will resume today at 10am local time.

MotoGP pre-season Test : Day 2




Fastest lap

Lead. Gap


1Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team2:00.549 29 / 37
2Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing2:00.5680.0196 / 52
3Marc MarquezRepsol Honda Team2:00.8030.25420 / 34
4Valentino RossiYamaha Factory Racing2:01.0380.48920 / 45
5Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.3110.76231 / 41
6Stefan BradlLCR Honda MotoGP2:01.3690.8205 / 31
7Alvaro BautistaGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:01.7291.18018 / 46
8Bradley SmithMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.9311.38232 / 40
9Nicky HaydenDucati Team2:02.1101.56130 / 51
10Andrea DoviziosoDucati Team2:02.3791.83033 / 51
11Kosuke AkiyoshiHRC Test Team2:02.5261.97716 / 29
12Katsayuki NakasugaYamaha Factory2:02.7012.15210 / 30
13 Ben SpiesIgnite Pramac Racing Team2:03.0022.45322 / 27
14Wataru YoshikawaYamaha Factory2:03.1562.6076 / 39
15Andrea IonnoneEnergy T.I. Pramac Racing Team2:03.1692.62015 / 29
16Aleix EspargaroPower Electronics Aspar2:03.2512.70229 / 40
17Randy de PunietPower Electronics Aspar2:03.7913.24238 / 63
18Danilo PetrucciCame IodaRacing Project2:04.2843.73547 / 48
19Takumi TakahashiHRC Test Team2:04.5594.01041 / 44
20Hiroshi AoyamaAvintia Blusens2:04.7864.23723 / 32
21Hector BarberaAvintia Blusens2:04.9894.44015 / 28
22Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing2:05.0284.47912 / 54
23Michael LavertyPaul Bird Motorsport2:05.4174.86813 / 31
24Claudio CortiNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:05.7215.17221 / 22
25Yonny HernandezPaul Bird Motorsport2:05.8375.28827 / 36
26Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:06.2055.65622 / 23
27Bryan StaringGo & Fun Honda Gresini2:06.8986.34922 / 33
28Lukas PesekCame IodaRacing Project2:21.51220.96312 / 14

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