Pedrosa Takes Over On Day Two At Sepang


Dani Pedrosa shrugged off a spot of jet-lag to set the fastest time on day two of the second pre-season test at Sepang. The Spaniard ensured Repsol Honda remained the dominant force despite the absence of Marc Marquez with a lap three tenths quicker than Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro.

The reigning champions didn’t enjoy the best of starts to day two with the news that Marquez will not return to action until the first practice session in Qatar. The 21 year old will not recover in time for the tyre test at Phillip Island next week and saw attempts from his team to allow him to attend the Qatar test blocked by rivals.

Pedrosa’s day started slowly too as he shook off the effects of his journey to Malaysia but the Spaniard made up for lost time in the afternoon. Dani’s best lap of 2:00.039 saw him pip Aleix Espargaro’s open-spec FTR Yamaha which continues to be one of the success stories of winter testing. Alvaro Bautista dropped to third after topping the times yesterday while Valentino Rossi took fourth on the leading factory Yamaha.

Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow showed signs of improvement from Ducati’s GP14 by finishing the day in fifth and seventh respectively, sandwiching the LCR Honda of Stefan Bradl. Pol Espargaro was eighth for Tech 3 with fellow Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith rounding out the top ten, the former still struggling for edge grip on the 2014 Bridgestone tyres.

 

MOTOGP OFFICIAL TEST – SEPANG (THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY)
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:00.039
2  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:00.320
3  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:00.500
4  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:00.605
5  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:00.787
6  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:00.902
7  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:00.952
8  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:01.027
9  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:01.049
10  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:01.098
11  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 2:01.173
12  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:01.658
13  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:01.996
14  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.088
15  RANDY DE PUNIET SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:02.139
16  HECTOR BARBERA FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:02.149
17  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:02.652
18  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.786
19  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEST TEAM 2:02.799
20  KATSUYUKI NAKASUGA YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY TEST TEAM 2:02.802
21  MIKE DI MEGLIO FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:03.946
22  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:05.198
23  NOBUATSU AOKI SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:07.462