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Pedrosa remains on top as first test comes to an end
Dani Pedrosa
The first test of 2013 concluded today with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa maintaining his place at the top of the timing sheet with a time of 2'00.100.

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo delivered his trademark consistency from day one, leading the time sheet at times and never straying far from the front. The Mallorcan was under the official race lap record of the Sepang circuit this morning and just a tenth of a second from the official pole record.

He went on to complete a long run this afternoon to wrap up the test. Teammate Rossi continued to go from strength to strength having been reunited with the YZR-M1, the Italian again improving on his time from the day before by nearly half a second to finally dip under the 2’01 mark and finish in third place just over a tenth of a second from teammate Lorenzo in second.

Dani Pedrosa
"We can leave Sepang with a good feeling, because we had good lap times on all three days. We were able to put in a lot of laps and, above all, try out some important things with the engine and the bike weight to adjust to the three kilos more for this season - dictated by the new rules. Today we focused on rear tires, in particular the new Bridgestone hard compound. It is similar to the old one with a little more grip in some areas, but it also creates more chatter. We finished the test well and hope to continue like this in the following ones"

Jorge Lorenzo
“I think these three days have been positive for us. We tried many things and some of them were good. We need to reconfirm again in another track but here we were able to improve a little bit. I was able to make a simulation this afternoon, the first one I’ve done in Sepang in my GP career. I felt strong physically, mentally and riding so it was good. The other riders are also really strong so it promises to be an interesting season.”

Valentino Rossi
“I’m very happy, all three days were very good. We worked hard on the bike and improved day by day. The third day was the best, we were able to stay less than half a second from pole position and the lap time is higher which is interesting. Today we finished third in the standings which is theoretically the front row so I’m very happy with this first test.”

Testing Results

Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 2'00.100 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2'00.429 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Valentino Rossi 2'00.542 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Marc Marquez 2'00.636 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Cal Crutchlow 2'00.734 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 2'01.003 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 2'01.502 SPA HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Bradley Smith 2'02.093 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Nicky Hayden 2'02.184 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.277 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'02.616 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
12 Aleix Espargaro 2'02.628 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
13 Andrea Iannone 2'02.864 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Kosuke Akiyoshi 2'03.082 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
15 Michael Laverty 2'03.874 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
16 Randy De Puniet 2'04.066 FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
17 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'04.137 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
18 Hector Barbera 2'04.211 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Takumi Takahashi 2'04.288 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
20 Danilo Petrucci 2'04.531 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
21 Karel Abraham 2'04.766 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'04.915 JAP FTR Avintia Blusens
23 Claudio Corti 2.05.107 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
24 Lukas Pesek 2'05.321 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
25 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.407 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Colin Edwards 2'05.913 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
27 Bryan Staring 2'05.970 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini

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