Bad weather and damp conditions meant most of day 2 of Sepang MotoGP testing was a wash. Nonetheless, HRC riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa used the limited dry time to continue developing the 2017 RC213V. 

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Development work continues for Repsol Honda Team on second day at Sepang

Heavy overnight rain left a damp track today at Sepang and kept the riders in the pits for more than half of the second day of testing. Temperatures also were slightly cooler than usual in Malaysia, with a max of 30° C air, 38° ground.

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa took to the track as soon as it was dry enough, after 2 p.m. They continued their development work on their RC213V machines, both of which were equipped with the same engine’s new configurations. Tests of the Michelin tyres also continued for both.

Marquez’s fastest time of 2’00.531” (lap 27 of 33) placed him 10th for the day. Pedrosa finished in 14th place with his time of 2’00.886” (lap 38 of 44). The test will conclude tomorrow.

MarquezMarc Marquez

10TH  2’00.531

“We started late like everyone this afternoon because of the track conditions, and generally speaking, it was a challenging day. We spent a lot of time in the garage working on sorting out many little things. It’s okay, as this is the pre-season and it’s better to work and solve all these issues now, but of course this takes time. We have a lot of work to do to find a good setup for the bike and the electronics. That said, our rhythm wasn’t too bad and hopefully tomorrow we’ll improve our pace and speed. We must keep focused and work hard. I’m sure that step by step we will get better!”

PedrosaDani Pedrosa

14TH  2’00.886

“Today we started working as soon as the conditions allowed, even if the track was still damp here and there. We made a re-check of some setup details we wanted to improve, and the positive is that we actually bettered them by about 50%. We’re not yet where we want to be, but it’s still a step forward. Other positives to the day are that I did my fastest time on a quite used tyre and that we did some good work on the fork and on one front tyre as well. Unfortunately, at the end of the session we weren’t able to fit a new tyre and try a time attack, but hopefully tomorrowwe’ll have time to do more tests on the tyres and setup and to try and improve our lap times.”

MotoGP 2017

Results Session

Track Temp


Air Temp


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1’59.452
2 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.406
3 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.766
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.802
5 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.891
6 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 0.900
7 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.989
8 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1.032
9 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.043
10 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.079
11 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.157
12 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.239
13 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.424
14 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.434
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.520
16 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.529
17 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1.672
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.775
19 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Ducati 1.930
20 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.073
21 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.104
22 LOWES Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.606
23 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.737
24 TSUDA Takuya 22 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.815
25 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.064
26 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 3.441
27 NOZANE Kouta 31 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 3.600