2013 MotoGP Sepang 1 Test, Day 2 Times: Pedrosa Fastest As Top 4 Unchanged

Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets once again on the second day of testing at Sepang, the Repsol Honda man getting off to a flying start and cracking into the 2'00s early in the session. He was joined there by Jorge Lorenzo, the Factory Yamaha rider once again shadowing Pedrosa, ending the day just two hundredths behind the Repsol rider. Marc Marquez confirmed his first day times were no fluke, the only other man to post a lap in the 2'00s, though the rookie was a quarter of a second slower than his teammate on Wednesday, losing a fraction of the ground. Valentino Rossi once again took 4th spot, the Italian still just under half a second off the two title favorites. The Honda men continued to work on engine durability, while Yamaha riders Lorenzo and Rossi had new engines with more acceleration to test, and a new chassis aimed at curing the pumping from the rear wheel of the bike.

Cal Crutchlow took over the best satellite rider spot, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man ending three quarters of a second  behind Pedrosa, but a respectable quarter of a second off the pace of Rossi. Stefan Bradl continued to impress on the LCR Honda, nabbing 6th today, a fraction behind Crutchlow, and over a third of a second ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the Go&Fun Gresini rider continuing to work on the Showa suspension the team has elected to use instead of the Ohlins used by nearly the entire rest of the field. Bradley Smith's second full day of testing went a lot better than his first, the Tech 3 rookie wiping 1.5 seconds off his time from Tuesday, and closing in on Bautista.

The fortunes of the Ducatis also radically improved. Both Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso took over a second off their times from Tuesday, and improved to 9th and 10th, ahead of the Honda and Yamaha test riders, which should elicit a huge sigh of relief in Bologna. The gap to the fast men is now back to 1.5 seconds, about the same as it was for Hayden at the first Sepang test last year. The Pramac satellite riders also improved, Ben Spies take two whole seconds off his time from yesterday, continuing to struggle with his weak shoulder and getting to grips with the Desmosedici. Andrea Iannone took 1.3 seconds off his time from yesterday, setting the 15th time, 2.6 back from Pedrosa.

The work of dialing in the spec ECU continues for the CRT teams, and progress is rapid. Danilo Petrucci is getting closer to the Aspar ART bikes of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet, with the FTR Kawasakis of the Blusens Avintia team now not far behind. Irish rookie Michael Laverty put in an impressive performance, slashing a second off his time from Tuesday, and closing on Karel Abraham on the ART machine, as well as the two Avintia bikes.

The weather held up well almost until the end, the rain only falling in the final hour of the test. A large number of riders took advantage of the rain to get some time in on rain tires. The forecast for the final day of testing on Thursday looks less promising, with rain looking likely all day. But at least the MotoGP men now have two solid days of testing under their belts.

Times at the end of the second day of testing:

Pos   Rider Team Time Diff Prev.
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:00.549    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.568 0.019 0.019
3 93 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.803 0.254 0.235
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.038 0.489 0.235
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.311 0.762 0.273
6 6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.369 0.820 0.058
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:01.729 1.180 0.360
8 38 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.931 1.382 0.202
9 69 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:02.110 1.561 0.179
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:02.379 1.830 0.269
11 72 Kosuke Akiyoshi HRC Test Team 2:02.526 1.977 0.147
12 T2 Katsayuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.701 2.152 0.175
13 11 Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing Team 2:03.002 2.453 0.301
14 T1 Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory 2:03.156 2.607 0.154
15 29 Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 2:03.169 2.620 0.013
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.251 2.702 0.082
17 14 Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.791 3.242 0.540
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:04.284 3.735 0.493
19 37 Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:04.559 4.010 0.275
20 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:04.786 4.237 0.227
21 8 Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:04.989 4.440 0.203
22 17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.028 4.479 0.039
23 33 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.417 4.868 0.389
24 71 Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.721 5.172 0.304
25 68 Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.837 5.288 0.116
26 5 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team 2:06.205 5.656 0.368
27 67 Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:06.898 6.349 0.693
28 52 Lukas Pesek Came IodaRacing Project 2:30.243

Circuit lap records and best time from last year:

Pole Record 2012 Jorge Lorenzo 2:00.334
Lap Record 2007 Casey Stoner 2:02.108
2012 Sepang 1 Day 2 fastest Casey Stoner
2012 Sepang 1 Overall fastest Casey Stoner 1:59.607


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Pedrosa looks like he is in control but looking a bit deeper into the numbers it seems like he struggels a bit.
Pedrosa has 3 laps in the 2.00,xx , 4 laps between 2.01,0 and 2.01,5, 1 lap between 2.01,5 and 2.02,0 and 11 above 2.02,00 ( not couting in and outlaps ).

Lorenzo on the other hand has also 3 in 2.00.xx but he has 13 laps between 2.01,0 and 2.01,5, 6 lap between 2.01,5 and 2.02,0 and only 1 above 2.02,00.

Marques has 2 in 2.00.xx, 5 between 2.01,0 and 2.01,5, 6 laps between 2.01,5 and 2.02,0 and 7 above 2.02,00

Rossi has none below 2.01.00, 7 between 2.01.00 and 2.01,50, 13 laps between 2.01,5 and 2.02,0 and 5 above 2.02,00

I would say that its Lorenzo thats hold the upper hand and Pedrosa maybye on tied third with Rossi.

Good analysis, but doesn't take into account the fact that Pedrosa and his team have barely touched on set-up, preferring instead to go for a wear and tear inspection on the motor.

Day 3, if they put some serious effort into set-up, could see Pedrosa go well under 2 minutes.

Lorenzo is flying of course and also has the potential to drop into the 1'59" bracket, and Marquez too by the looks of things.

My money is on El Capitan to clean sheet the field at this test.

Even in second half of 2012 season there was similar pattern. If you look lap time analysis of FP and Qali for 2012 races you will find that Lorenzo was always hitting consistently good laps, Dani did not. That didnt stop him to win almost everything in second part of the season.

As listed above, Stoner's fastest Sepang-1 time was a 1:59.6

Once they start getting there (or below) we will really get an idea where everyone sits.

Until then, I suspect that we can't draw too many conclusions from these times.

Dani showed last year that in testing/practice he often holds back his real pace. It's a pity we didn't see them gunning for it last thing we'd have a better idea. Hopefully tomorrow is dry and at the end of it we'll know more but I suspect Dani has plenty in the tank yet, whether the rest have enough to keep up or pass we'll have to wait but with casey, last year doing 1.9something in the test yet being well beaten in the sepang race(7 secs back of Dani in a 21ish lap race...) there is a possibility of quite a bit more to come.. This season looks epic..

certainly held back in 2007 Sepang testing..
Dani has held back for 7years, might be time he pulled the pin and win a WC in the top class.

But anyway this test is about the here and now and I would like to know has any of the Honda riders complained of chatter?

Has it been reduced, completed eliminated or still the same?

Any reason why he isn't in attendance...? I would have thought as a designated test rider he would be there making the most of his new position.

Please give us some good racing. Just this once. We're not greedy- just one season!

..getting the job done and is faster than his more experienced team mate.

Many of us here in the UK will be following his progress with interest, and I wish him and his team well.

Good stuff.

Appears to be 'crocked'. He had a bad enough season last year. I hope that this is temporary and his shoulder will recover before the races start. He really has swopped positions with Rossi.....

is quietly answering his detractors. I hope he keeps it up - being 0.6s behind Crutchlow is a good start. A bit of a shame that MM is putting him in the shade.

Weather wise. I'm sincerely pleased they all got a few days decent testing under their belts. The whole Sepang 1 affair looked to be a total washout,but turned out different for two precious days.
Ducati have come on leaps and bounds,yet still about 1.5s behind on average. May aswell get those CF autoclaves back in business. No press releases from Gobmeier ? Much analysis to do post Sepang 1. Much 2011/12 damage to undo. No easy task.There exists the VW analysis available to fast track the data analysis into pro-active results. Sepang 2 should be telling. Hope its dry all week long.
Marquez,well he was summonsed to fill the the big #27 boots and he's done it admirably. The old gaurd have obviosly taken note. He's only going to get quicker from hereon into 2013. Nature of the beast.

Does anyone know why Ducati doesn't have their MotoGP test riders on track as do Yamaha & Honda? Aside from the obvious budget constraints of having additional service members on location, they would gather so much more data and see where their test riders fit in with the GP environment. This increase in data can only serve to improve their development of the GP13 and also see where their test rider fits with the other factory guys.

There is no point to having Ducati's test riders at the track as there is nothing new to test. HRC and YEC testers are testing chassis, engine specs, so it makes sense for them. Ducati made the right choice to save the added expense and save it for when they actually have new bits to test on track.

"Ducati have come on leaps and bounds"

Sepang 2007, Loris Capirossi 201.274 - 7 years development to go significantly slower?

It looks like the asphalt is getting worse and worse and the times set i 2007 was most likely on qualifying tires.