The Repsol Honda team drivers finish first and second in the third and final day of practice in Malaysia, separated by just 81 thousandths.
Today the second official training sessions of the season have finished in Malaysia, with Dani Pedrosa again leading the classification. On the other side of the Repsol Honda team’s box, Marc Márquez, finished the day with second place on the timesheets, just 81 thousandths of Pedrosa’s time, despite two falls without consequences.
Repsol rider Dani Pedrosa has returned to the top of the timesheets in the last test day in Malaysia, with a time of 2 minutes and 562 thousandths, recorded on lap 41 of the 57 he has made. As soon as the rain has stopped and the track has dried up, the Spaniard has dedicated his last day of training to complete the scheduled tests, focusing again on the suspensions. Pedrosa has closed the six days of training in Sepang – adding those of the beginning of the month and these seconds – leading the classification in five of them.
His teammate, Marc Márquez, today has suffered two minor falls. The first in the wet, in turn 12, and another in the afternoon, in turn 9 and with the asphalt already dry. The Repsol rider completed 54 laps, working on the electronics and set-up setup, and today he finished with the second fastest time. In his last lap of the test, Márquez stopped the clock in 2 minutes and 643 thousandths, barely 81 thousandths of Pedrosa’s record.
It has been a productive test day for the Repsol Honda riders, who will be back in 12 days, when the team heads for the first time to the new Circuit of the Americas, in Austin-Texas, for a three-day training.
Today in the morning we were able to test the configuration of the bike in water, it was a short time but we completed some laps. In the afternoon, with the dry asphalt and smooth tires, we continued with the set-up of the suspensions. The evaluation of these three days of training is positive. Now we’re going to Austin; Both for the team and for me that training is very interesting, because the circuit is new and we have never been there. ”
“It’s been a pretty good day. In the morning we were able to ride with the bike in water and the truth is that I felt very good, although I had a small fall. I have touched the white line and the direction has been closed very fast, but neither the bike nor I have done practically nothing. ”
“When the track dried up, we continued working as before on the electronics and the set-up of the bike, especially on the front end. During the first laps I did not quite find myself comfortable in this aspect and I had another slight fall when I forced a bit more forward. At the end of the day, we have set the bike with what has worked best in these tests and I think we have done a good time. We have stayed with very good feelings. ”
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