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Old 02-06-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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Repsol Honda finishes Sepang test on top

Marquez surprised after smashing his own outright lap record

REPSOL Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished the first MotoGP test of 2015 at the top of the time-sheets and both under the two-minute barrier.

In cool temperatures, double World Champion Marquez recorded his fastest ever time at the Sepang International circuit, at 1:58.867.

In the afternoon, the Spaniard completed a 20-lap race simulation in which valuable data was gained regarding the current-spec Honda.

Speaking at Sepang, Marquez said: 'The truth is that when I saw the time I was surprised, just like everyone else!

'In any case, I must say that today the track was fast, as we all rode faster than before.I'm glad I was able to set a good lap, but more important is the fact that I felt very comfortable, right from the start.

'We did a race simulation later on, which also went very well and was perhaps even more important than a single lap. During the race simulation we tested different mapping and in every part we tried different things.

'The positive is that with the new bike we are already at the same level as in 2014, and there is still plenty of room for improvement. Now I can’t wait for the second test and to see what progress we can make.'

Pedrosa finished just 0.139s off Marquez and also completed a 20-lap race simulation, with 10 consecutive laps of under 2:01. The RC213V is now finely tuned, ready for the next test at Sepang in two weeks time.

Pedrosa said: 'I'm happy with the work we have done today, because we have made progress in some aspects with the rear. There is still room for improvement, but overall we've taken some pretty positive steps in this test and I think that's a very good thing.'

The Spaniard added: 'The team have also integrated well and we have worked very smoothly together, so I'm very happy about that.

'We did a race simulation in which we tested the bike for the first time in such a scenario. Obviously there are some things to improve but, considering it was the first time, the findings have been pretty good!'

HRC will now analyse data and make preparations for the Sepang test scheduled for February 23-25.

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