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Pedrosa leads day 1 of testing at Sepang

by Posted on February 7, 2013 15:19 IST 746 Views

The first pre-season test for MotoGP got underway at Sepang and it seems this season too will be an encore of 2012 as Dani Pedrosa led the timing sheets by just 0.008seconds ahead of Jorge Lorenzo

Dani Pedrosa in action aboard the RC213V



The first pre-season test of 2013 was flagged off at the Sepang International Circuit and if test timings are something to go by, it seems 2013 will be a very closely contested season. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa topped the timing sheets with a run of 2:1.157s on his RC213V. The Spanish rider was dominant throughout the day and set his best time an hour before the testing period got over. 2012 champion Jorge Lorenzo was achingly close to Pedrosa’s lap time as he finished a meager 0.008seconds shy of his compatriot in the dying stages of testing. 



Jorge Lorenzo in action at the Sepang pre
season test



The star of the day though was young Spanish sensation Marc Marquez who set a time of 2:1.2011 and was just 0.044seconds off Pedrosa’s timing. No doubt Marquez’s pace was simply blitzing, but it gets even more magnified knowing that it was the first time that the rookie rider was officially testing a MotoGP machine, and yet was just a fraction of a second slower than his team-mate. It was good news for Valentino Rossi fans as the Italian set a time 0.427seconds adrift from pace setter Pedrosa and was visibly happy with his performance.  The Italian rider finally finished in fourth position but was leading the time sheet at some point in the session, goes to show that given a well rounded bike, the seven-time champion still lot left in him. 

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