marc marquez motogp sepang testing 2014

It was a grueling second day at the Sepang International Circuit for both riders. Marc worked on geometry settings, improving his braking stability, some general set up work and a chassis comparison which produced valuable feedback for the HRC engineers. He also spoke positively about the new hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre. Dani tested the new soft Bridgestone rear tyre, which he set his fastest lap on, and will try the harder compound tomorrow. He also did general set up work and a chassis comparison, looking to confirm his feelings tomorrow and focus on the direction for the season.

The Yamaha Factory Racing riders were back on track today in Sepang for the second test day of the three days that mark the start of 2014 activity. Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo continued to work through a number of different test items for the Yamaha engineers as well as some tyre testing for Bridgestone. Rossi also took some time to work on bike set-up to improve performance and was able to improve on his time of yesterday, completing day two in fourth position, just over 0.5 seconds from the front. Teammate Lorenzo had a better second day, making some improvements to the electronic setting of his YZR-M1 to provide further corner stability and overall lap time. Lorenzo wrapped up the second day in sixth position, just over 0.6 seconds from the front.

Marc Marquez

“We continued with our work schedule today, with a focus on trying out parts. We carried out various tests, including a chassis comparison, and found some positive points and some negative. As for the setup, we have improved stability under braking, which is something that I have been finding a little difficult, but in the end we have found a good compromise. I hope that tomorrow we can continue in the same way, because we are consistent and fast -which is important.”

Dani Pedrosa

“Today we’ve been trying out the new chassis and comparing it to the previous version, but tomorrow we shall continue working with both because it isn’t clear which is best. I felt good with both of them, but I have to put in more laps in order to be able to make a clear decision. We also tried out the new Bridgestone tyres, using the soft tyre today and leaving the hard compound for tomorrow. We have been going pretty well here, but the season takes place at many different tracks and you have to prepare for each one of them.”

Stefan Bradl

“Today I am very happy: it’s good to be back up in the pack with Marc and Dani. We improved our lap time of one second and, thanks to adjustments in the front, I gain more confidence under braking. We knew that our potential on this bike was higher and today we have been consistent and fast. I hope that we can continue in the same way tomorrow: we plan to work on race distance to finish this 3-day test session with a good base for the future”.

Valentino Rossi

“Today is another positive day, we worked a lot and I rode 60 laps. We tried a lot of things including new tyres and old tyres, to try to make a comparison. We worked on the settings of the bike and tried some other stuff, some things were good and some did not work as we expected. Anyway I’m happy because I improved my lap time from yesterday and I’m in fourth position and not far from the front. It was a tough second day after yesterday. Our work is in progress, we took some good data and tomorrow we have to do something else.”

Jorge Lorenzo

“So today, apart from the position which is not ideal, I think we made one step forward. Changing something in the electronics we improved the behavior of the bike in the corners and it is now more like last year. I can keep a more constant pace and be a little faster for one lap. We need to keep working as our rivals are strong at this moment but today I’m more happy than yesterday.”

MotoGP Sepang testing day 2 timings

  • 1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’59.926
  • 2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 2’00.336
  • 3. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 2’00.339
  • 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’00.464
  • 5. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’00.547
  • 6. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 2’00.573
  • 7. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’00.603
  • 8. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing 2’00.855
  • 9. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’00.897
  • 10. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 2’01.061
  • 11. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 2’01.146
  • 12. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Ducati Team 2’01.396
  • 13. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati Test Team 2’02.177
  • 14. Nicky Hayden (USA) Drive M7 Aspar 2’02.287
  • 15. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2’02.545
  • 16. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2’02.675
  • 17. Kosuke Akiyoshi (JPN) HRC Test Team 2’02.692
  • 18. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Drive M7 Aspar 2’02.825
  • 19. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN) Yamaha Factory Test Team 2’02.970
  • 20. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Suzuki Test Team 2’03.064
  • 21. Scott Redding (GBR) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2’03.117
  • 22. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’03.528
  • 23. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 2’04.551
  • 24. Brok Parkes (AUS) Paul Bird Motorsport 2’04.619
  • 25. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 2’05.261
  • 26. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing 2’05.355