Pedrosa leaves Sepang test on top

  • Friday 8th February, 2013 1:00am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
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Dani Pedrosa quickest on all three days in Sepang

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa has completed the three-day pre-season test at Sepang in Malaysia where he started – on top of the time sheets.

Pedrosa’s teammate Marc Márquez gave everyone a scare in the morning as he crashed in the final turn at speed, although he walked away unscathed and continue on his second bike. A record lap set by Pedrosa of 2:00’100 was not beaten all day, as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo ended just over three tenths off, himself focussing on a race simulation later in the day.

“We can leave Sepang with a good feeling, because we had good lap times on all three days,” said Pedrosa.

“We were able to put in a lot of laps and, above all, try out some important things with the engine and the bike weight to adjust to the three kilos more for this season – dictated by the new rules. Today we focused on rear tyres, in particular the new Bridgestone hard compound. It is similar to the old one with a little more grip in some areas, but it also creates more chatter.”

Valentino Rossi showed that he could get below the 2:01 mark, leaving it until just before lunch to post his fastest time that saw him end the day in third behind his teammate. Márquez, despite going quicker again today, was this time unable to finish in the top three. Cal Crutchlow, the last rider below the 2:01 mark, on his 2012 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine was fifth.

Ducati finished the Sepang visit better than it started with Nicky Hayden gaining over a second over the three days to be ninth while teammate Andrea Dovizioso was less than a hundredth behind. Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga was the first outside of the top ten, in front of Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaró, who put in a tremendous effort to place his CRT 12th, and just over 2.5s off the top.

Although he was at the bottom of the time sheets, Australia’s Bryan Staring gained plenty of experience over the three days in Sepang.

TIMES : Day 3 Testing – Sepang 

 

  Rider             Bike                  Time       Difference Laps
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:00.100 44
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00.429 + 0.329 60
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.542 + 0.442 60
4 Marc Marquez Honda 2:00.636 + 0.536 54
5 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 2:00.734 + 0.634s 3
6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2:01.003 + 0.903 43
7 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2:01.502 + 1.402 48
8 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2:02.093 + 1.993 48
9 Nicky Hayden Ducati 2:02.184 + 2.084 60
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:02.277 + 2.177 43
11 Katsayuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:02.616 + 2.516 21
12 Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 2:02.628 + 2.528 47
13 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 2:02.864 + 2.764 35
14 Kosuke Akiyoshi Honda 2:03.082 + 2.982 28
15 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Aprilia 2:03.874 + 3.774 47
16 Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 2:04.066 + 3.966 39
17 Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha 2:04.137 + 4.037 8
18 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2:04.211 + 4.111 41
19 Takumi Takahashi Honda 2:04.288 + 4.188 46
20 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter-BMW 2:04.531 + 4.431 34
21 Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 2:04.766 + 4.666 65
22 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2:04.915 + 4.815 51
23 Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 2:05.107 + 5.007 41
24 Lukas Pesek Ioda Suter-BMW 2:05.321 + 5.221 40
25 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.407 + 5.307 48
26 Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 2:05.913 + 5.813 46
27 Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 2:05.970 + 5.870 41

 

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