Pedrosa Resumes Testing Dominance In Malaysia


Dani Pedrosa maintained his unbeaten record in pre-season testing this winter after leading day one of the second test at Sepang. The Repsol Honda rider continued to have the edge on Jorge Lorenzo on Tuesday morning although the reigning champion was unable to respond due to a heavy rain storm in the afternoon.

Valentino Rossi was among the first riders out on track this morning on the second factory Yamaha but he would soon give best to his teammate when he got up to speed. The pair Repsol Hondas also edged in front of Rossi with the Italian unable to break into the 2m01s bracket.

Pedrosa got all the way down to a 2:01.580 before lunchtime but ominously for the rest, Dani managed three other separate laps which would have all seen him top the timesheets. Lorenzo’s best effort was a quarter of a second slower with Marc Marquez a tenth further back in third. Stefan Bradl all but matched his old Moto2 rival in fourth with a 2:01.959 as Valentino Rossi tumbled to fifth with a technical problem forcing him to complete the day on the 2012 YZR-M1.

Cal Crutchlow’s consistent run on the Tech 3 Yamaha continued in sixth with Alvaro Bautista close behind but one of the stories of the day had to be the improvement of the Ducatis. While they’re far from where they hoped to be, Andrea Dovizioso brought the Bologna squad’s GP13 to within 1.221s of the ultimate pace, almost halving the deficit from the end of the previous test. Nicky Hayden backed up his teammate in ninth with Bradley Smith demoted to tenth on the second satellite Yamaha.

Ducati’s mood will have been dampened slightly by the sight of Aleix Espargaro’s Aspar CRT machine outpacing the Pramac GP13s of Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone, the pair unable to break out of the 2:04s. The most frustrated man of all today will surely have been Michael Laverty though who was forced to wait while his Paul Bird Motorsport crew finished building the new PBM chassis.

 

Official MotoGP Test – Sepang (Tuesday 26th February)
Pos Rider Nat Team Time Laps  
1 26. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:01.580 43 Report
2 99. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.815 25 Report
3 93. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:01.942 23 Report
4 6. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.959 38
5 46. Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.028 25 Report
6 35. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.272 28 Report
7 19. Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:02.362 32
8 04. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:02.801 22 Report
9 69. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:03.143 46 Report
10 38. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.632 24 Report
11 T2. Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing 2:03.734 24
12 41. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.941 28
13 11. Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing 2:04.047 25
14 29. Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:04.050 32
15 T1. Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory Racing 2:04.590 23
16 51. Michele Pirro Ducati Test Team 2:04.626 38
17 7. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:04.743 30
18 14. Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:05.288 22
19 37. Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:05.510 34
20 5. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.518 21
21 9. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:05.827 35
22 17. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.838 26
23 68. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.908 29
24 8. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:06.062 30
25 71. Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:06.306 26
26 67. Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:06.730 34
27 52. Lukas Pesek Came Ioda Racing Project 2:07.991 25
28 33. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport No Time 0