Marc Marquez tops the timesheets halfway through the day at Sepang, with the track gone quiet in the heat of the day. The Repsol Honda man punched in a very fast lap shortly before 2pm to break into the 1'59s, the first rider to do so this test. Marquez' time is still 0.3 off the fastest ever time around the circuit, set by Casey Stoner back in 2011.
Marquez is now four tenths ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who had led for most of the session. Stefan Bradl is just three thousandths of a second slower than Pedrosa, making it three Hondas topping the timesheets. An armada of Yamahas follow the Hondas, with Valentino Rossi fastest, ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Open class Yamaha FTR, Bradley Smith on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, and Jorge Lorenzo on the second factory Yamaha. Times are close, however, with less than three tenths separating Pedrosa in 2nd from Lorenzo in 7th.
8th is Andrea Iannone, the Pramac Ducati rider continuing his impressive run at the test. Iannone's time of 2'00.855 is the fastest a Ducati has been around the Sepang circuit since the test here in Sepang in February 2010, when both Casey Stoner and Nicky Hayden were quicker. Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow are also more competitive than Ducati riders in the past, Dovizioso's time in the low 2'01s quicker than at previous tests.
The Aspar team has found some more speed for their production racer. Nicky Hayden is over a second quicker than he was yesterday, and though he is still well over 2.3 seconds slower than Marquez, he is ahead of the second NGM Forward bike of Colin Edwards and just behind Ducati test rider Michele Pirro.
Times at 2pm:
|1||93||Marc Marquez||Honda RC213V||1:59.926|
|2||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||2:00.336||0.410||0.410|
|3||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||2:00.339||0.413||0.003|
|4||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2:00.464||0.538||0.125|
|5||41||Aleix Espargaro||Yamaha FTR Open||2:00.547||0.621||0.083|
|6||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha M1||2:00.603||0.677||0.056|
|7||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha M1||2:00.615||0.689||0.012|
|8||29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati GP14||2:00.855||0.929||0.240|
|9||41||Pol Espargaro||Yamaha M1||2:01.061||1.135||0.206|
|10||19||Alvaro Bautista||Honda RC213V||2:01.110||1.184||0.049|
|11||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP14||2:01.146||1.220||0.036|
|12||35||Cal Crutchlow||Ducati GP14||2:01.396||1.470||0.250|
|13||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP14 Test||2:02.177||2.251||0.781|
|14||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:02.287||2.361||0.110|
|15||5||Colin Edwards||Yamaha FTR Open||2:02.545||2.619||0.258|
|16||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati GP13 Open||2:02.675||2.749||0.130|
|17||72||Kosuke Akiyoshi||Honda RC213V Test||2:02.692||2.766||0.017|
|18||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:03.034||3.108||0.342|
|19||45||Scott Redding||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:03.200||3.274||0.166|
|20||14||Randy De Puniet||Suzuki Test||2:03.205||3.279||0.005|
|21||89||Katsuyuki Nakasuga||Yamaha M1 Test||2:03.794||3.868||0.589|
|22||70||Michael Laverty||PBM Aprilia||2:04.374||4.448||0.580|
|23||8||Hector Barbera||Avintia Kawasaki||2:04.551||4.625||0.177|
|24||23||Broc Parkes||PBM Aprilia||2:04.816||4.890||0.265|
|25||17||Karel Abraham||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:05.261||5.335||0.445|
|26||63||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Kawasaki||2:05.355||5.429||0.094|