Pedrosa starts where he left off in Sepang

This man has a point he’d like to prove…

Photo: Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa has started where he left off in Sepang, on top of the time sheets albeit a second and a half slower than the fastest time he put in at the first Sepang test. The Repsol Honda man keen to show who is boss this year. He was followed, as expected by world champion Jorge Lorenzo who was two tenths slower. Testing ended a few hours early due to rain.

Marc Marquez continued to show that he has no issues keeping up with his more experienced opponents, he posted the third fastest time today, three tenths off his team mate. However, the man who beat Marquez to the 2011 Moto2 title, Stefan Bradl was only a couple of hundredths behind his Moto2 successor. Valentino Rossi was 5th, half a second off Pedrosa’s time. Crutchlow was 6th, nearly seven tenths off Spaniard Pedrosa whilst Bautista was a tenth further back in 7th.

There’s considerable improvement at the moment for the factory Ducati team, Andrea Dovizioso only 1.2 seconds from Pedrosa, compared to being a further second back at the end of the first Sepang test, Andrea ahead of team mate Nicky Hayden who was 1.5 seconds from the lead. Whether Ducati will keep up this improvement it remains to be seen, however perhaps the riders are feeling a little more positive.

Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten, 2 seconds from Pedrosa which is about where he was after the first test, improvements would be expected over the next few days. Aleix Espagaro yet again embarrassed the Pramac Team by posting a time faster than both Ducati junior riders, Espagaro in 12th was 2.3 seconds from the lead compared to Ben Spies a further tenth back with Iannonne just a thousandth behind him, with only Iannonne having got closer since the first test.

Hiroshi Aoyama put his Avintia CRT into second out of the CRT group, showing the ability that took him to the final 250cc title, 3 seconds off Pedrosa and ahead of long-established CRT front runner Randy De Puniet, who was over half a second behind the Japanese. Colin Edwards showed signs of improvement, he posted the 20th fastest time, 4th in CRT, 4 seconds from the lead (it was 7 last time..) followed by Petrucci, Abraham, Hernandez, Barbera, Corti, Staring and Pesek. Michael Laverty, who will be testing the new PBM chassis this week did not turn a wheel due to issues with setting the bike up.

The test continues tomorrow, times below.

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap
1 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 02:01.6
2 LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing 02:01.8 0.235
3 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 02:01.9 0.362
4 BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 02:02.0 0.379
5 ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing 02:02.0 0.448
6 CRUTCHLOW, Cal Monster Yamaha Tech 3 02:02.3 0.692
7 BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 02:02.4 0.782
8 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 02:02.8 1.221
9 HAYDEN, Nicky Ducati Team 02:03.1 1.563
10 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 02:03.6 2.052
11 NAKASUGA, Katsayuki Yamaha Factory 02:03.7 2.154
12 ESPARGARO, Aleix Power Electronics Aspar 02:03.9 2.361
13 SPIES, Ben Ignite Pramac Racing Team 02:04.0 2.467
14 IANNONE, Andrea Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 02:04.1 2.47
15 YOSHIKAWA, Wataru Yamaha Factory 02:04.6 3.01
16 PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 02:04.6 3.046
17 AOYAMA, Hiroshi Avintia Blusens 02:04.7 3.163
18 DE PUNIET, Randy Power Electronics Aspar 02:05.3 3.708
19 TAKAHASHI, Takumi HRC Test Team 02:05.5 3.93
20 EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 02:05.5 3.938
21 PETRUCCI, Danilo Came IodaRacing Project 02:05.8 4.247
22 ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 02:05.8 4.258
23 HERNANDEZ, Yonny Paul Bird Motorsport 02:05.9 4.328
24 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Blusens 02:06.1 4.482
25 CORTI, Claudio NGM Mobile Forward Racing 02:06.3 4.726
26 STARING, Bryan GO&FUN Honda Gresini 02:06.7 5.15
27 PESEK, Lukas Came IodaRacing Project 02:08.0 6.411
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