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

  • Thursday 7th February, 2013 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Pedrosa Malaysia test2 344x228 Dani Pedrosa continues to set the pace at pre season MotoGP testing

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

Pos

Rider

Team

Fastest lap

Lead. Gap

Laps

1 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:00.549   29 / 37
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.568 0.019 6 / 52
3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.803 0.254 20 / 34
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.038 0.489 20 / 45
5 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.311 0.762 31 / 41
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.369 0.820 5 / 31
7 Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:01.729 1.180 18 / 46
8 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.931 1.382 32 / 40
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:02.110 1.561 30 / 51
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:02.379 1.830 33 / 51
11 Kosuke Akiyoshi HRC Test Team 2:02.526 1.977 16 / 29
12 Katsayuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.701 2.152 10 / 30
13  Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing Team 2:03.002 2.453 22 / 27
14 Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory 2:03.156 2.607 6 / 39
15 Andrea Ionnone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 2:03.169 2.620 15 / 29
16 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.251 2.702 29 / 40
17 Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.791 3.242 38 / 63
18 Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:04.284 3.735 47 / 48
19 Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:04.559 4.010 41 / 44
20 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:04.786 4.237 23 / 32
21 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:04.989 4.440 15 / 28
22 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.028 4.479 12 / 54
23 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.417 4.868 13 / 31
24 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.721 5.172 21 / 22
25 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.837 5.288 27 / 36
26 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:06.205 5.656 22 / 23
27 Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:06.898 6.349 22 / 33
28 Lukas Pesek Came IodaRacing Project 2:21.512 20.963 12 / 14

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