Marquez Breaks Lap Record On Final Day At Sepang


Marc Marquez rode the fastest two-wheeled lap of all time at Sepang on Thursday to finish fastest for the third consecutive day. The world champion topped the times on the first two test days of 2014 and smashed Casey Stoner’s 2012 lap record on his way to doing the same on today, finishing just ahead of the two factory Yamahas.

Race simulations were the order of the day for most teams with the fastest times coming very early on. Marquez would go on to complete 40 laps, the quickest of which put him 0.194s ahead of Valentino Rossi who also lapped Sepang quicker than he ever had before. Jorge Lorenzo was third quickest although he didn’t feel he executed a perfect lap but the Yamaha rider will have been encouraged by the 120 laps completed collectively by him and his teammate.

Aleix Espargaro and Forward Racing continued to turn heads with their Yamaha-powered FTR which will run to open specification this year. The Spaniard joined the top three in the 1:59s to go fourth, outpacing the Hondas of Stefan Bradl and Dani Pedrosa who completed the top six. Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso gave Ducati cause for encouragement with seventh and ninth, either side of Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro, while Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top ten ahead of British duo Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow.

Scott Redding and Michael Laverty were 21st and 22nd respectively and the former will be pleased with the way his preparations have begun for his rookie season. Testing resumes in three weeks as MotoGP returns to Malaysia once again.

 

MOTOGP OFFICIAL TEST – SEPANG (THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY)
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:59.533
2  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 1:59.727
3  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 1:59.866
4  ALEIX ESPARGARO FTR YAMAHA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 1:59.998
5  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:00.112
6  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:00.223
7  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 2:00.370
8  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:00.655
9  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:00.725
10  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:00.788
11  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:00.896
12  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:01.057
13  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:01.514
14  COLIN EDWARDS FTR YAHAMA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:01.731
15  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEST TEAM 2:01.782
16  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.383
17  RANDY DE PUNIET SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:02.486
18  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:02.556
19  KOSUKE AKIYOSHI HONDA HRC TEST TEAM 2:02.619
20  KATSUYUKI NAKASUGA YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY TEST TEAM 2:02.788
21  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:02.833
22  MICHAEL LAVERTY ART & PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:03.187
23  HECTOR BARBERA FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:03.204
24  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:03.402
25  MIKE DI MEGLIO FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:04.516
26  NOBUATSU AOKI SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:05.686
27  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:05.974