Published on 07 Feb 2013 by Toni M.
Dani Pedrosa took home top honours in all three days of MotoGP testing at Sepang. His 2.00.100 lap this morning remained untouched even he cut short his time on track, because he had completed his scheduled testing programme. He spent the morning working on engine braking, balance and weight distribution he also had the chance to test the two new hard compound Bridgestone tire, which made the much hated chatter return- which was the bane of the Repsol Honda team last season- with both Casey Stoner and Pedrosa fiercely opposing the introduction of the spec front tire.
“We can leave Sepang with a good feeling, because we had good lap times on all three days. We were able to put in a lot of laps and, above all, try out some important things with the engine and the bike weight to adjust to the three kilos more for this season - dictated by the new rules. Today we focused on rear tyres, in particular the new Bridgestone hard compound. It is similar to the old one with a little more grip in some areas, but it also creates more chatter. We finished the test well and hope to continue like this in the following ones,” said Pedrosa.
After two plus three days on the RC213V, Marc Marquez can return home to Spain as very happy and competitive rookie, with the talent to stay with veterans of the caliber of his team mate and Jorge Lorenzo. Despite losing the front of his Honda and suffering a small crash, Marquez was able to set his best lap today (2.00.636) and also complete a 20 lap race simulation.
“I am very happy with the results that we have had from these three days, above all because I gradually got more consistent with my times. This was what we were looking for from this test. Day by day we improved our times, but this is secondary really. The important thing is that we made our first race simulation, which has helped me to understand the class and the bike better and his given us a lot of information for the next test. We also had a first crash, which luckily was fairly light. I lost the front on the brakes, but I was unhurt and the overall verdict on the test is still very positive,” commented Marquez.