Sepang MotoGP Shakedown Test, Day 1: Pedrosa Fastest As Yamaha Awaits

The first day of the Sepang shakedown test is in the books, and times have emerged for at least some of the riders. Malaysian photographer Hazrin Cric (famous for That Photo) was at the test, and tweeted out the times at the end of Sunday's session.

KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa was fastest, riding the new RC16 chassis, finishing just ahead of Ducati's Michele Pirro. Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli was third quickest, six tenths behind Pedrosa, and a tenth quicker than Repsol Honda rookie Alex Marquez. The younger Marquez is allowed to take part in the shakedown test because he is a rookie. Marquez was three tenths faster than Brad Binder, on the Red Bull KTM.

There were other riders present. Pol Espargaro, Iker Lecuona, and Miguel Oliveira also put in time on the track, but they rode without transponders, consequently there is no time available for them.

Bradley Smith took the brand new Aprilia RS-GP out for a spin in the afternoon, improving on his time set on the older bike in the morning.

Yamaha test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga rode on Sunday, but without a transponder, so no times were recorded. Yamaha test riders are expected to ride again on Monday, when Jorge Lorenzo is due to arrive and put in his first laps in his new role as a test rider for the Japanese factory.


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 2:00.625    
2 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP20 2:00.642 0.017 0.017
3 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.220 0.595 0.578
4 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 2:01.317 0.692 0.097
5 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 2:01.616 0.991 0.299
6 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 2:01.637 1.012 0.021
7 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.760 2.135 1.123
8 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 2:04.888 4.263 2.128
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Last year’s best race lap time (goes to check) - 1:59.661 - just for comparison.
But interesting to see Dani post the fastest time on the day.. 

We know winning at winter testing means nothing come the start of the season, but good to see KTM still making progress towards the front. 

I hope the new Aprilia manages to be a good bike too. All makes it more interesting come race time!



Check out Bradley Smith's onboard at The new Aprilia sounds meaty and high-strung.

It would be interesting to know how much time Pedrosa and Pirro have had on their respective machines before this.

You have to think that either KTM have made a big step, or that there will be a lot of long faces in the Ducati garages over the next couple of days. 

no winter in malaysia. but the amount of rubbers stick to the asphalt, adrenalin being watched, presence of top riders and or the changes/improvement made since the test probably are the differences.