Pedrosa quickest from Lorenzo, Marquez in Sepang MotoGP test
|By Matt Beer||Tuesday, February 5th 2013, 10:31 GMT|
Dani Pedrosa edged out Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in an extremely close fought first MotoGP test of the 2013 season at Sepang.
Just 0.036 seconds covered the top three riders at the Malaysian venue at the end of the first day of running.
Moto2 champion Marquez was the early sensation, the MotoGP rookie topping the morning session.
The established aces edged him out in the afternoon, but not by much.
Last year's title-winner Lorenzo put in a 2m01.165s on his Yamaha, before Honda man Pedrosa inched ahead by just 0.008s.
Valentino Rossi's return to Yamaha showed promise as he lapped 0.3s off the pace in fourth.
The Italian's former team Ducati appeared to be in trouble. Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso were back in 10th and 13th places, both over two seconds off the pace, with Pramac duo Andrea Iannone and Ben Spies even further down the midfield.
Aspar continued its 2012 form in the CRT group, Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet leading the class in 14th and 15th overall.
The test attracted a 28-bike field, the 24 2013 entrants bolstered by Yamaha test duo Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Wataru Yoshikawa, plus their Honda counterparts Kosuke Akiyoshi and Takumi Takahashi.
Pos Rider Bike Time Laps 1. Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m01.157s 49 2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m01.165s + 0.008s 58 3. Marc Marquez Honda 2m01.201s + 0.044s 62 4. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m01.584s + 0.427s 56 5. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m01.789s + 0.632s 59 6. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 2m01.881s + 0.724s 64 7. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2m01.981s + 0.824s 59 8. Katsayuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2m02.968s + 1.811s 58 9. Kosuke Akiyoshi Honda 2m02.972s + 1.815s 69 10. Nicky Hayden Ducati 2m03.336s + 2.179s 62 11. Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha 2m03.456s + 2.299s 46 12. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m03.460s + 2.303s 56 13. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m03.535s + 2.378s 48 14. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 2m03.782s + 2.625s 58 15. Randy De Puniet Aspar Aprilia 2m04.283s + 3.126s 56 16. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 2m04.500s + 3.343s 57 17. Ben Spies Pramac Ducati 2m05.086s + 3.929s 21 18. Takumi Takahashi Honda 2m05.154s + 3.997s 70 19. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m05.469s + 4.312s 41 20. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Aprilia 2m05.656s + 4.499s 50 21. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia 2m05.694s + 4.537s 54 22. Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter-BMW 2m05.753s + 4.596s 29 23. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2m05.919s + 4.762s 48 24. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 2m06.426s + 5.269s 38 25. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Aprilia 2m06.507s + 5.350s 43 26. Lukas Pesek Ioda Suter-BMW 2m07.015s + 5.858s 46 27. Bryan Staring Gresini Honda 2m07.044s + 5.887s 41 28. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 2m08.206s + 7.049s 25