Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were both in high spirits at the end of day one in Malaysia despite seeing much of the afternoon washed out. The Spanish pair were first and third respectively with Pedrosa remaining unbeaten in 2013’s pre-season running and the 27 year old was one of the riders least affected by the low-grip track surface.

“Today we continued trying things out with the bike here in Sepang, focusing most of all on suspension. We also worked a little on the electronics. The track wasn’t 100% after the rainfall from the past few days, but we were able to ride well. In the afternoon it rained again, and we used this to perform some laps in the wet. Tomorrow we will continue with the work that we have scheduled”.

Marquez was disadvantaged much more by the rain but continued to show an impressive turn of speed and hopes to get more mileage under his belt tomorrow.

“Today went pretty well. It’s just a shame that the track was so slippery, because we weren’t able to collect all the data that we wanted due to the times not being so fast. We were not able to ride a lot in the afternoon either, because as soon as we got on the pace it started to rain and we aborted the session. We hope that the surface is better tomorrow, with more grip and less rain. Our aim is to be able to put in laps, gain experience and test out a lot of things that we have pending”.