Marquez maintains hot pre-season test form

Marc Marques was fastest on all three days in Malaysia

Marc Marques was fastest on all three days in Malaysia

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has put a line in the sand completing the three day test at Sepang once again with the fastest time.

The Repsol Honda rider set a time of 1’59.533 in cooler temperatures during the morning, his time just under a tenth faster than the previous best test time of 1’59.607, set by Australia’s Casey Stoner also on the Honda prototype in 2012.

Marquez later produced a strong performance in a race simulation with 15 consecutive laps under the 2’01 mark.

The early running had seemed more like a qualifying practice than a test session with the top riders battling each other for top spot in a time attack.

Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi set his own personal best Sepang test time of 1’59.727, whilst Jorge Lorenzo clocked the third best time of the day with a notably quick 1’59.866 effort on just his second lap.

Like Marquez, both Yamaha Factory riders later produced longer runs as they too worked on tyre durability and fuel consumption in preparation for their battles this year with the incoming ‘Open’ class machines – which will have a 24 litre fuel limit compared to the 20 litre capacity of the Factory entries.

Showing the potential of the new ‘Open’ bikes was the consistently impressive Aleix Espargaro on the FTR Yamaha of NGM Mobile Forward Racing, with his 1’59.998 best time coming on the seventh of 43 laps.

A new Bridgestone tyre was also tested by the riders this week – a similar construction to that used in Valencia testing in November, with a compound slightly adapted to suit the Sepang heat.

The premier class riders will be back in action at the Sepang International Circuit for further testing from 26th to 28th February.

See below for full day 3 Sepang test times

Position Rider               Bike                 Time       Laps
1 Marc Marquez  Honda 1m59.533s 40
2 Valentino Rossi  Yamaha  +0.194s 55
3 Jorge Lorenzo  Yamaha  +0.333s 65
4 Aleix Espargaro  Forward FTR-Yamaha  +0.465s 43
5 Stefan Bradl  LCR Honda  +0.579s 38
6 Dani Pedrosa  Honda  +0.690s 55
7 Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati  +0.837s 40
8 Pol Espargaro  Tech 3 Yamaha  +1.122s 65
9 Andrea Iannone  Pramac Ducati  +1.192s 57
10 Alvaro Bautista  Gresini Honda  +1.255s 63
11 Bradley Smith  Tech 3 Yamaha  +1.363s 65
12 Cal Crutchlow  Ducati  +1.524s 58
13 Nicky Hayden  Aspar Honda  +1.981s 59
14 Colin Edwards  Forward FTR-Yamaha  +2.198s 47
15 Michele Pirro  Ducati  +2.249s 67
16 Hiroshi Aoyama  Aspar Honda  +2.850s 66
17 Randy De Puniet  Suzuki  +2.953s 67
18 Yonny Hernandez  Pramac Ducati  +3.023s 65
19 Kosuke Akiyoshi  Honda  +3.086s 58
20 Katsuyuki Nakasuga  Yamaha  +3.255s 38
21 Scott Redding  Gresini Honda  +3.300s 60
22 Michael Laverty  PBM Aprilia  +3.654s 41
23 Hector Barbera  Avintia-FTR Kawasaki  +3.671s 54
24 Broc Parkes  PBM Aprilia  +3.869s 43
25 Mike Di Meglio  Avintia-FTR Kawasaki  +4.983s 58
26 Nobuatsu Aoki  Suzuki  +6.153s 12
27 Karel Abraham  Cardion Honda  +6.441s 12


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