The weather offered the HRC riders another window of opportunity on the final day of testing at Sepang, with the track dry enough for a few more hours of riding on Wednesday. Marc Marquez leaves the circuit as fastest of the two full-time MotoGP riders, the young Spanish rookie unable to match his time from Tuesday as he worked through a range of set up options ahead of the test in February. A longer run had been planned at the end of the day, but the return of the rain put a halt to any such ambitions.
Alvaro Bautista was also slower on the final day of testing, his gap to Marquez consistently just under six tenths of a second, just as it was on Tuesday. Bautista spent more time evaluating the Showa suspension and new brake parts from Nissin, as part of a program to decide whether to continue with the Japanese-built suspension and brakes or not. At the end of the test, Bautista told Jose Maroto of Spanish magazine Motociclismo that he and the team had decided to continue with the Showa suspension, a decision that will please HRC, as Honda plan to use Showa suspension on their production racer to be launched in 2014.
Honda's test program for 2012 is now at an end, just as Ducati's final test of the year commences at Jerez. The next time Honda take to the track will be at the first official MotoGP test of 2013, between February 5th-7th, back in Sepang.
Times from final day of testing, courtesy of the @MotoGP Twitter feed:
Pole record: 2:00.334 - Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Lap record: 2:02.108 - Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)