Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are further down the timesheets than you might expect after the first day of MotoGP testing in Sepang. Below are their thoughts.

Begin Press Release:

Repsol Honda Team commence first pre-season test at Sepang

Good weather conditions (max temperature: 31° C air, 42° ground) favoured day one of the first MotoGP pre-season test in Sepang, Malaysia, until rain began falling at 4 p.m.

The track had opened at 10 a.m., and Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa headed out 15 minutes later to get to work defining the setup of the RC213V, trying different engine configurations and spending also time testing new Michelin tyres. The afternoon downpour also gave Marc and Dani the opportunity to complete a few laps with a wet configuration.

Their best lap times for the day were 2’00.738 on lap 25 of 56 for Marquez (ninth) and 2’00.970 on lap 25 of 44 for Pedrosa (13th). Testing will continue for two more days.

MarquezMarc Marquez

9TH  2’00.738

“The feeling today wasn’t so bad considering that the first day after the holiday break is always a bit demanding for the rider and the team! We’ve been testing two bikes with different engine configurations, but we mainly concentrated on one, playing with electronics, geometry, setup and so on. We gathered a lot of information, and now we’ll keep working. We also decided to make the best of the situation when the rain arrived and did some laps in the wet, but we look forward to continuing testing in the dry tomorrow to better understand and exploit the potential of our bike.”

PedrosaDani Pedrosa

13TH  2’00.970

“Today I basically got reacquainted with riding my bike, with the track and the tyres, and I also rode for the first time on the new asphalt here at Sepang. We’ve started working on the bike as we have two different engine configurations to test. We mainly worked with one bike. We also had the chance to ride in the wet on that bike, and we got good information. Hopefully it won’t rain tomorrow, and I think we’ll be able to go more deep in the testing than we were today.”

MotoGP 2017

Results Session

Track Temp


Air Temp


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 STONER Casey 27 AUS Ducati Test Team Ducati 1’59.680
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.117
3 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.449
4 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA PullandBear Aspar Team Ducati 0.454
5 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.809
6 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.889
7 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.963
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.014
9 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.058
10 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.063
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.170
12 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.173
13 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.290
14 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.544
15 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.592
16 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.658
17 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1.669
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.672
19 TSUDA Takuya 22 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.132
20 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2.210
21 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE PullandBear Aspar Team Ducati 2.246
22 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.263
23 NOZANE Kouta 31 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.507
24 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 2.611
25 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.635
26 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 3.263
27 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.353