CRTs Frustrated By Malaysian Weather

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The three Claiming Rules Teams looking to take advantage of an extra two days testing were frustrated again on Monday as a combination of rain and technical problems restricted running. Danilo Petrucci set the fastest time as he had on day one but that came in just four exploratory laps as the typically torrential Malaysian rain made conditions virtually impossible.

The idea of the two extra days was to provide the teams with a chance to understand the new Magneti Marelli ECU but Ioda Racing only had one between the two bikes, forcing Petrucci to vacate his machine for the rest of the day and allow Lukas Pesek some track time. Although the conditions didn’t improve, the Czech rider did get nineteen laps in to go third fastest behind his teammate and Avintia Blusens’ Hector Barbera. He was the sole representative for Blusens as Hiroshi Aoyama wisely chose to stay in the pits, opting not to risk his injured wrist on the wet track.

Forward Racing were able to get two bikes onto the circuit after the troubles of Sunday with Claudio Corti and Colin Edwards fourth and fifth. However the lack of parts on day one caught up with them as teething problems normally ironed out on the first day affected them on the second, restricting them to fifteen laps in total.

From Tuesday onwards, the rest of the 2013 MotoGP field will join the action, presenting the first opportunity to see where the likes of Yamaha, Honda and Ducati stand two months prior to the season opener in Qatar.


MotoGP CRT Test – Sepang (Monday 4th February)
Pos Rider Nat Team Time Laps  
1 9. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:23.456 4 Report
2 8. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:23.973 20 Report
3 52. Lukas Pesek Came Ioda Racing Project 2:24.023 19 Report
4 71. Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:24.027 7 Report
5 5. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:29.973 8 Report
6 7. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens No Time 0 Report


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