Dani Pedrosa picked up where he left off in the first Sepang test, back on top of the top of the timesheets on day 1 of the second test at the Malaysian circuit. The Repsol Honda rider completed a total of 43 giri laps in both dry and wet conditions working on suspensions and mapping and posting a best time of 2’01″580 which was considerably slower than the previous test.
“We tested a few things on the suspension and also mapping,” said Pedrosa. “It was harder at the beginning because the track was a little dirty - I guess from yesterday and beforehand when we had heavy rain. But, bit by bit, the track was improving so I guess from tomorrow we should be able to continue with the same things: the suspension and the mapping for corner entry, that’s basically our plan. Hopefully we will also get a long run in.”
Marc Márquez did half the laps that his team mate did, just 23 but he was able to post the third fastest time of the day that was cut short by rain. The MotoGP rookie also binned his RC213V in another harmless crash.
“Today went pretty well. It’s just a shame that the track was so slippery, because we weren’t able to collect all the data that we wanted due to the times not being so fast. We were not able to ride a lot in the afternoon either, because as soon as we got on the pace it started to rain and we aborted the session. We hope that the surface is better tomorrow, with more grip and less rain. Our aim is to be able to put in laps, gain experience and test out a lot of things that we have pending,” said Marquez.
Talking to the official MotoGP website regarding his crash, the Repsol Honda rookie said, “I’d done a lot of laps on that set of tyres and then got to the slowest corner on the circuit,” he smiled. “It was quite strange because I started to loose the front, but it made it look like the bike had actually stopped! I fell off the bike, picked it up and continued… so I only lost about ten seconds. It was quite strange!”