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Marc_Marquez_2017The sun was shining on the final day of the Sepang test, and the Repsol Honda riders wasted no time in taking to the track at 10 a.m.

Completing a productive day of testing that was mainly focused on the RC213V’s latest engine configuration, the chassis and the Michelin tyres, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa improved their setup and pace. Marc today completed 85 laps (more than any other rider), and his time of 1’59.506” on lap 18 was the second-fastest (third in the combined standings), just 0.138” off the top. Dani set today’s fourth-quickest lap with his time of 1’59.578” on lap 64 of 67 (fifth in the combined standings), just under one tenth down on his teammate.

The Repsol Honda riders will now fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, for the official Team Launch on 3 February.

Marc Marquez

2ND (COMBINED STANDINGS: 3RD)  1’59.506

“I’m much happier with my position today, even if the rhythm is really more important. We did a lot of laps, aiming to do as much work as possible, and indeed we did a good job; we completed much of our work schedule, though not everything. We need to make further improvements in some areas where I’m not yet totally comfortable, but even so, I’m happy that we got better and better over the three days, which is the most important thing. Today we again worked a lot on the electronics and also on the bike setup. In the last hour I did a mini-long run of 11 laps, sacrificing the time-attack a bit, but for us it was more important to work on the pace. I’m generally very happy with how the three days went.”

Dani Pedrosa

4TH (COMBINED STANDINGS: 5TH)  1’59.578

“We were lucky with the weather today. We managed to complete a full day and were able to do many laps and work a lot. Obviously it was the final of three days in very hot conditions, and one already feels a bit tired being this is the first test of the year. Anyway, I may say it was a positive enough day because we made several steps forward. We struggled a bit at the beginning, but as the day went on we were able to fix several things and get quicker. We’re still not 100% but we were a lot faster than the first day, which gives a positive general picture to this first winter test.”

 

Sepang Test – Day 3

Pos.RiderNumNationTeamTime/Gap
1VINALES Maverick25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1’59.368
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team0.138
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team0.185
4PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team0.210
5ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP0.221
6BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAPull&Bear Aspar Team0.260
7STONER Casey27AUSDucati Test Team0.271
8CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRLCR Honda0.360
9LORENZO Jorge99SPADucati Team0.399
10ZARCO Johann5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 30.404
11IANNONE Andrea29ITATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.677
12RINS Alex42SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.689
13ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini0.740
14PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAOcto Pramac Yakhnich0.942
15FOLGER Jonas94GERMonster Yamaha Tech 30.944
16MILLER Jack43AUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1.071
17ABRAHAM Karel17CZEPull&Bear Aspar Team1.077
18BARBERA Hector8SPAAvintia Racing1.169
19REDDING Scott45GBROcto Pramac Yakhnich1.277
20BAZ Loris76FRAAvintia Racing1.505
21SMITH Bradley38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1.970
22LOWES Sam22GBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1.973
23ESPARGARO Pol44SPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing2.138
24NAKASUGA Katsuyuki21JPNYamaha Factory Racing Team2.290
25TSUDA Takuya22JPNSuzuki Test Team3.401
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