Marquez And Pedrosa Finish First Test On Top

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have finished the first three-day test of 2015 on top of the time sheets, with both riders over half a second faster than their closest rival.


This morning during the cooler temperatures, 2014 World Champion Marc recorded the fastest ever time on two wheels around the Sepang circuit with his time of 1’58.867 on lap 8 – of 52 – (beating his own record of 1’59.533 from the 2014 Winter test), as all the riders took to the track in a time attack. In the afternoon, Marc completed a 20 lap race simulation, and gained valuable data about the current spec Honda.

Dani, who’s morning time was just 0.139 off Marc, also did a 20 lap race simulation in the afternoon – with 10 laps under 2’01 – and fine tuned his settings on his 2015 RC213V in preparation for the next test here in two weeks. He recorded his time of 1’59.006 on lap 11 of 41.


The HRC engineers will now take the data collected from this test back to Japan to analyse and prepare for the second Sepang test, due to take place on the 23-25 February.

Marc Marquez 93

1st 1’58.867 (52 laps)

"The truth is that when I saw the time I was surprised, just like everyone else! In any case, I must say that today the track was fast, as we all rode faster than before. I'm glad I was able to set a good lap, but more important is the fact that I felt very comfortable, right from the start. We did a race simulation later on, which also went very well and was perhaps even more important than a single lap. During the race simulation we tested different mapping and in every part we tried different things. The positive is that with the new bike we are already at the same level as in 2014, and there is still plenty of room for improvement. Now I can’t wait for the second test and to see what progress we can make.”

Dani Pedrosa 26

2nd 1’59.006 (41 laps)

"I'm happy with the work we have done today, because we have made progress in some aspects with the rear. There is still room for improvement, but overall we've taken some pretty positive steps in this test and I think that's a very good thing. The team have also integrated well and we have worked very smoothly together, so I'm very happy about that. We did a race simulation in which we tested the bike for the first time in such a scenario. Obviously there are some things to improve but, considering it was the first time, the findings have been pretty good!”

MotoGP 2015

Results Session



Track Temp


Air Temp


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'58.867
2 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.006
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'59.388
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.401
5 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.624
6 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'59.851
7 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'59.874
8 BRADL Stefan 6 GER NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'00.294
9 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.384
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2'00.486
11 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'00.536
12 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2'00.964
13 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'00.970
14 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN HRC Test Team Honda 2'01.029
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.183
16 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'01.232
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 2'01.263
18 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Drive M7 Aspar Honda 2'01.508
19 BAZ Loris 76 FRA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'01.624
20 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'01.895
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2'01.924
22 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'02.128
23 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 2'02.297
24 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Drive M7 Aspar Honda 2'02.334
25 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki T1 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2'02.363
26 TAKAHASHI Takumi 72 JPN HRC Test Team Honda 2'03.113
27 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'03.471
28 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2'03.641


Location Information

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its… read more.


Length 5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998

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Sepang Circuit


Pole Position 1m 59.791s (166.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Lap 2m 01.150s (164.7km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 40m 45.191s (163.3 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
2014 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)