Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the opening day of the Sepang test, with a mark of 1’59.427” on his 55th lap (out of 56), while Marc Marquez ended seventh overall with a best time of 2’00.290” on his 50th lap (out of 51).

In typical Malaysian fashion, the morning dawned under heavy rain, so the asphalt was still wet when the track opened at 10 a.m.

Marquez made one run on wet tyres, Pedrosa a few more, but both riders really began working on development of the RC213V after lunchtime, by which time the track had properly dried. They completed a few laps on the 2017 bike and then went out on the prototype 2018 machines, which were using different engine specifications.

First footage of Márquez and Pedrosa in Malaysia
Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa 26

1st / 1:59.427 (56 LAPS)

“Of course it’s good to start the testing with the fastest time, so we’re happy with that. We had some rain in the morning and therefore the chance to do a few laps on rain tyres, and we felt good from the beginning. In the afternoon, when the track dried, the asphalt kept improving lap by lap, and that was positive for the many changes we had to try. We have three bikes here, and they have the same setup but different engines. Basically, we worked on the engine package, trying to collect as much information as possible and to get a feeling with each different specification; that’s one of the main areas we have as a target for this test. There are still points we need to work on in order to understand more. We also need more laps on used tyres, as we didn’t get any long runs in today. Of course we’re still in the early stages but so far the feeling is good.”

Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

7th / 2:00.290 (51 LAPS)

"I think today was a busy day for everybody because when you get back on your bike after the winter, you need to find the rhythm again and get used to riding at a demanding track—especially here. That said, I’m quite happy with how we started because we were working on three different bikes with different engines, one from last year and two with different specifications, and therefore it was quite an intense day. We had to adjust many, many things, which is quite normal, but so far it seems the new engine is better. Of course we have two more days to improve the setup and keep working on the engine, electronics, aerodynamics, and so on. It was just the first day and the feeling and rhythm were positive already!”

Repsol Honda Team
Sepang MotoGP™ Official Test

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

MotoGP 2018

Monday 29 Jan 2018, 10:07 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.427
2 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.343
3 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati +0.375
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.696
5 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.751
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.806
7 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.863
8 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +0.994
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Castrol Honda +1.095
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.141
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.200
12 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1.237
13 Maverick Viñales 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +1.287
14 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.439
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.485
16 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.600
17 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.672
18 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1.734
19 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +2.301
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +2.437
21 Scott Redding 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +2.535
22 Test 3 Yamaha 33 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha +2.617
23 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +2.626
24 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Ángel Nieto Team Ducati +2.661
25 Test 2 Yamaha 32 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha +3.100
26 Xavier Simeon 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +3.519
27 Thomas Luthi 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +4.305
28 Test 1 Yamaha 31 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha +4.359
29 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati +5.340
30 Mika Kallio 36 FIN KTM Test Team KTM +6.505