Pedrosa quickest from Lorenzo, Marquez in Sepang MotoGP test

Dani Pedrosa edged out Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in an extremely close fought first MotoGP test of the 2013 season at Sepang

Pedrosa quickest from Lorenzo, Marquez in Sepang MotoGP test

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

shares
comments
Cardion AB reveals Aprilia ART, its first MotoGP CRT effort
Previous article

Cardion AB reveals Aprilia ART, its first MotoGP CRT effort

Next article

Sepang MotoGP testing: Dani Pedrosa edges out Jorge Lorenzo again

Sepang MotoGP testing: Dani Pedrosa edges out Jorge Lorenzo again
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022