Dani Pedrosa picked up where he left off at the Sepang International Circuit today at the second MotoGP test of 2103 with the Spaniard finishing fastest ahead of reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo close behind in second place while rookie sensation Marc Marquez continues his blistering form and placing his RC213V in third position.
Heavy rain a number of days at the Malaysian track on the run up to todays test made for difficult and slippery conditions for the riders to deal with but the 27 riders in the paddock took no time in laying down the Bridgetsone rubber with everyone looking to get as much track time as possible with the unpredictable nature of the Malaysian weather.
The track wasn’t 100% after the rainfall from the past few days, but we were able to ride well.
Pedrosa’s best time of 2m 1.580s was just enough to stay ahead of Lorenzo on a best lap of 2m 1.815s while Marquez came away with a best day one time of 2m 1.942s. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl had a very good day today finishing fourth fastest (2m 1.959s) while Valentino Rossi’s second time back on the YZR-M1 saw him register the fifth fastest time of 2m 2.028s with the Italian suffering a technical problem on his 2013 machine forcing him to ride most of the session on last year’s bike and setting a 2m 1.815s lap.
Speaking after his first day and finishing on top Pedrosa said, “Today we continued trying things out with the bike here in Sepang, focusing most of all on suspension. We also worked a little on the electronics. The track wasn’t 100% after the rainfall from the past few days, but we were able to ride well. In the afternoon it rained again, and we used this to perform some laps in the wet. Tomorrow we will continue with the work that we have scheduled.”
Lorenzo said improving his machine’s acceleration was the main priority saying, “Today we just tried to improve our current settings. We made some modifications but nothing special. We need to improve the acceleration a little bit but for the moment no new bits to try. The track was more slippery than the first test due to the rain which has left the tarmac in a worse condition.”