Focusing on quality rather than quantity, Marc Marquez quickly got back up to speed at the Sepang Test as he set the fastest time of the day.

With a dry start to proceedings at the Sepang International Circuit, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get underway and Marc Marquez soon entered the track. Over the winter, a number of new parts and modifications have been made to the RC213V to ensure it will once again be challenging for the MotoGP™ World Championship. The conditions gave Marquez a chance to understand both the 2019 Honda RC213V and the condition of his left shoulder.

Despite only riding until just before 14:00 Local Time, Marquez was able to set a 1’59.621 and move to the top of the time sheets. By ending early, Marquez was able to undergo further physiotherapy on his shoulder and rest ahead of day two at the Sepang Test. Marquez concluded the day as the fastest rider, 0.259s ahead of second placed Rins.

Official Test Rider Stefan Bradl continued aboard the RC213V, completing 61 laps and ending day one in ninth place.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

I’m very happy to ride again after a long winter, but I was expecting to be better than I was. I still don’t have full power, for one or two laps it’s ok but I had to change my riding style to compensate. We stopped early to save myself for the rest of the test, there are still two days and we will see what the feeling is. Honda have been working really hard this winter and we tried a few things, but the list is really big. We’re trying the most important things first. The bike is already at a good point, but there's always more to try before Qatar.

Repsol Honda Team
Sepang MotoGP™ Official Test

Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

MotoGP 2019

Wednesday 6 Feb 2019, 11:26 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'59.621
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.259
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.316
4 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.362
5 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.430
6 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.433
7 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.537
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.576
9 Stefan Bradl 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda +0.593
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.692
11 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.762
12 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.839
13 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.981
14 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.060
15 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.073
16 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.281
17 Test 1 Yamaha 31 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha +1.344
18 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.364
19 Mika Kallio 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.433
20 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.500