MOTOGP: Marquez ends Sepang test on top

MOTOGP: Marquez ends Sepang test on top


MOTOGP: Marquez ends Sepang test on top


Marc Marquez completed a clean sweep of the first MotoGP test of 2014 as he topped the times on Thursday at Sepang.

The reigning world champion was quickest on all three days of the test on his factory Honda, and got down to a 1m59.533s on the final morning. But Marquez’s margin over his rivals was the smallest it had been all week.

Yamaha men Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo were second and third, the Italian 0.194 second down on Marquez and Lorenzo a further 0.139sec behind.

Aleix Espargaro provided further evidence of the Forward FTR-Yamaha’s potential by putting the Open class bike a shock fourth overall.

Stefan Bradl recovered from a fall at Turn 1 — where he broke his ankle last October — to take fifth on the LCR Honda, ahead of works man Dani Pedrosa, who also went off the road.

Ducati had by far its most encouraging day of the test as Andrea Dovizioso went seventh quickest, 0.837s off the pace. His new teammate Cal Crutchlow was 12th, while Andrea Iannone again got the Pramac Ducati in the top 10 in ninth, behind Tech 3 Yamaha rookie Aleix Espargaro.

The MotoGP field returns to Sepang for its second 2014 winter test on Feb. 26-28.

Pos Rider                 Bike                     Time       Gap     Laps
 1. Marc Marquez          Honda                    1m59.533s           40
 2. Valentino Rossi       Yamaha                   1m59.727s  +0.194s  55
 3. Jorge Lorenzo         Yamaha                   1m59.866s  +0.333s  65
 4. Aleix Espargaro       Forward FTR-Yamaha       1m59.998s  +0.465s  43
 5. Stefan Bradl          LCR Honda                2m00.112s  +0.579s  38
 6. Dani Pedrosa          Honda                    2m00.223s  +0.690s  55
 7. Andrea Dovizioso      Ducati                   2m00.370s  +0.837s  40
 8. Pol Espargaro         Tech 3 Yamaha            2m00.655s  +1.122s  65
 9. Andrea Iannone        Pramac Ducati            2m00.725s  +1.192s  57
10. Alvaro Bautista       Gresini Honda            2m00.788s  +1.255s  63
11. Bradley Smith         Tech 3 Yamaha            2m00.896s  +1.363s  65
12. Cal Crutchlow         Ducati                   2m01.057s  +1.524s  58
13. Nicky Hayden          Aspar Honda              2m01.514s  +1.981s  59
14. Colin Edwards         Forward FTR-Yamaha       2m01.731s  +2.198s  47
15. Michele Pirro         Ducati                   2m01.782s  +2.249s  67
16. Hiroshi Aoyama        Aspar Honda              2m02.383s  +2.850s  66
17. Randy De Puniet       Suzuki                   2m02.486s  +2.953s  67
18. Yonny Hernandez       Pramac Ducati            2m02.556s  +3.023s  65
19. Kosuke Akiyoshi       Honda                    2m02.619s  +3.086s  58
20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga    Yamaha                   2m02.788s  +3.255s  38
21. Scott Redding         Gresini Honda            2m02.833s  +3.300s  60
22. Michael Laverty       PBM Aprilia              2m03.187s  +3.654s  41
23. Hector Barbera        Avintia-FTR Kawasaki     2m03.204s  +3.671s  54
24. Broc Parkes           PBM Aprilia              2m03.402s  +3.869s  43
25. Mike Di Meglio        Avintia-FTR Kawasaki     2m04.516s  +4.983s  58
26. Nobuatsu Aoki         Suzuki                   2m05.686s  +6.153s  12
27. Karel Abraham         Cardion Honda            2m05.974s  +6.441s  12

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