|Pedrosa topped the timing sheets for the fifth time in Sepang
Photo: Repsol Honda
Repsol Honda factory riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez finished on top of the timing sheets at the final day of the second Sepang test.
Pedrosa secured the fastest time of 2’00.562 once the wet weather had cleared on his 41st lap of 57. His time meant he has finished five out of six testing days at the Sepang International Circuit on top.“This morning we were able to try out the wet weather setup; it was only for a short time, but nevertheless we were able to put in some laps with it. In the afternoon, with the track dry and with slicks, we continued working on suspension settings. Overall, it’s been a positive three days. Now we’re off to Austin, and this is going to be an interesting test for the team and for myself. We’ve never ridden there and it’s a new track”
Teammate and fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez finished just 0.081 behind Pedrosa’s time, despite two small crashes; one in the wet and one in the dry. Walking away unharmed Marquez worked on set-up and electronics to set a time of 2’00.643, putting him in second. “It’s been a good day, overall. In the morning we rode in the wet and I felt very good on the bike, even though I had a small crash. I clipped the white line and lost the front, but neither myself nor the bike were affected at all. When the track dried out we went back to our work on the electronics and with the bike setup -above all with the front. On the initial laps I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the front end and had another small crash at the hairpin when I was forcing it a bit too much. In the final hour we set the bike up the way we had been fastest at this test, and I think that we got a good time again with it. We can leave here feeling positive about how things went”