Sepang Test: Marquez fastest from Rossi on Day 1

Posted: 04 Feb 2014

Marquez blitzed the field

It would seem Marc Marquez has started 2014 as he means to go on by topping Day 1 of the first Sepang test by over half a second from Valentino Rossi in second place.

While it’s early days, Rossi’s initial performance will be encouraging for the nine-time champion, finishing the first day two tenths ahead of team mate, Jorge Lorenzo who set the fourth fastest time. Dani Pedrosa was sandwiched in between the Yamaha pairing, a tenth slower than Rossi.

Alvaro Bautista set the fifth fastest time, almost a second off Marquez with Stefan Bradl less than a tenth behind him.

The new Open Class bikes have made a good start to the test, particularly Aleix Espargaro in seventh on his FTR Yamaha ahead of all of the factory Ducatis and both satellite Tech 3 Yamahas. Pol Espargaro came out on top in the Tech 3 fight in ninth, two tenths ahead of team mate Bradley Smith.

Andrea Iannone topped the Ducati time sheets in eighth place, a second faster than Dovizioso who set the twelfth fastest time, followed by test rider Michele Pirro and team mate Cal Crutchlow, who finished the first day 2.5 seconds off the pace.

The fastest production Honda RCV1000R was Nicky Hayden in seventeenth, some three seconds off the pace followed by team mate Aoyama with Scott Redding twenty-first on his Gresini RCV1000R a further second back.

Randy de Puniet set the nineteenth fastest time aboard the Suzuki test bike. Brit Michael Laverty was twenty-fifth, almost six seconds off the pace while Leon Camier is absent from the first test.

The test continues tomorrow.

Times:

1

MARQUEZ, Marc

Repsol Honda Team

02:00.3

 

2

ROSSI, Valentino

Yamaha Factory Racing

02:00.8

0.518

3

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

02:00.9

0.62

4

LORENZO, Jorge

Yamaha Factory Racing

02:01.1

0.796

5

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

02:01.2

0.954

6

BRADL, Stefan

LCR Honda MotoGP

02:01.3

1.034

7

ESPARGARO, Aleix

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

02:01.4

1.133

8

IANNONE, Andrea

Pramac Racing

02:01.5

1.252

9

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:01.6

1.348

10

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:01.9

1.59

11

EDWARDS, Colin

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

02:02.5

2.197

12

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

02:02.5

2.211

13

PIRRO, Michele

Ducati Test Team

02:02.6

2.266

14

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

Ducati Team

02:02.9

2.574

15

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

02:02.9

2.605

16

NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki

Yamaha Factory Test Team

02:03.1

2.84

17

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

02:03.3

3.033

18

AOYAMA, Hiroshi

Drive M7 Aspar

02:03.3

3.042

19

DE PUNIET, Randy

Suzuki Test Team

02:03.9

3.607

20

AKIYOSHI, Kosuke

HRC Test Team

02:04.3

3.981

21

REDDING, Scott

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

02:04.4

4.145

22

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

02:04.9

4.636

23

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

02:05.8

5.539

24

PARKES, Broc

Paul Bird Motorport

02:05.9

5.603

25

LAVERTY, Michael

Paul Bird Motorsport

02:06.1

5.784

26

ABRAHAM, Karel

Cardion AB Motoracing

02:06.8

6.469

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