Honda reflections from Sepang Check

2023 Sepang MotoGP Check

With a complete of 283 laps between them, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir accomplished a productive three days in Malaysia and set the tenth and twelfth quickest instances respectively.

The ultimate day of testing on the Sepang Worldwide Circuit noticed a later begin to proceedings as the sphere waited for the monitor to dry. A bathe of rain within the closing hour of motion diminished operating by solely a marginal quantity.

Marc Marquez

A 3rd day of using on Sunday produced 55 laps for Marc Marquez as he gathered but extra knowledge for Honda HRC forward of the Portimao Check. Persevering with to experiment with plenty of setups and technical evaluations, Marquez helped to outline a transparent route of labor for the approaching weeks.

Marc Marquez

A fruitful take a look at, Marquez ended the occasion because the tenth quickest rider due to a 1’58.666 set on the ultimate day – 0.777s behind Luca Marini, quickest on the Sepang Check.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

It was a extra optimistic day at present, it was the primary day the place I used to be capable of begin working within the smaller areas. That is once I was capable of begin getting sooner, step-by-step. However we nonetheless needed to proceed on the schedule and hold attempting new gadgets and new issues. I need to say due to the workforce for organising every part properly and dealing properly all weekend. At this time was a giant day for testing ideas as properly. We did every part that we wanted to and the sensation did enhance, however we nonetheless have to make a step.”

Marc Marquez

On the opposite aspect of the Repsol Honda Workforce storage, Joan Mir accomplished his fourth day on the Honda RC213V. A time of 1m59.832s from the primary day improved to a finest time of 1m58.784s on Sunday, over a second sooner.

Joan Mir

Mir and his workforce are conscious that there’s nonetheless work to be achieved within the coming take a look at and throughout the opening races, however the double-World Champion is content material with the progress made in three days of operating in Malaysia. Mir leaves Sepang because the twelfth quickest rider.

Joan Mir
Joan Mir

I’m pleased with how we’ve got progressed at this take a look at and I’ve felt sturdy day by day on the bike. The bike feels extra like my bike and I’m able to journey in a greater method than yesterday – that is what’s vital. My Repsol Honda Workforce has labored rather well throughout all these three days. For certain we have to make progress, however day by day we’re making steps ahead and getting nearer and extra comfy. I’m adapting extra to the Honda type and I’m having fun with using like this, I’ve realized lots throughout these three days.”

Joan Mir

Alex Rins completed nineteenth on the mixed standings of the Sepang Check after attempting totally different components of his Honda specification whereas getting used to his new machine and LCR Honda Castrol crew. Rins observed vital adjustments in comparison with the landing in Valencia (final November) and notes that there’s room for enchancment: the times in Sepang and 149 laps have helped to supply HRC with worthwhile info to seek out the very best path to comply with. The ultimate assessments have decided that traction, edge grip, and braking stability are the areas to strengthen.

Alex Rins
Alex Rins – P19

I’m happy with our work; the rain has jeopardised our plans, however general I’m glad. We’ve been testing some components and even a race simulation, and being the third time with this bike; we’ve discovered fascinating issues. The bike’s base isn’t clear but, however we’re working laborious. From what I’ve heard, the 4 Honda riders have comparable opinions, so let’s hope to attempt various things in Portimao”.

Alex Rins

Takaaki Nakagami remains to be recovering from the extreme harm he suffered on his proper hand at Aragon final yr. After finishing the three days, Takaaki admits the hand is reacting positively to the stress of the using.

Takaaki Nakagami – P21

It’s been a really busy take a look at; we’ve tried many components and gathered many vital knowledge. We nonetheless have work to do, however I’m completely satisfied as a result of my bodily situation has improved, and I really feel good with my hand. Let’s hold working, we’ll have many issues to attempt in Portimao. I need to thank my workforce for working as laborious as all the time on this first take a look at”.

Takaaki Nakagami

The engineers now return again to Honda HRC’s base in Japan to proceed improvement and progressing by means of the pre-season plan. The Repsol Honda Workforce will subsequent be on monitor on the Portimao Check, March 11 – 12, for the ultimate take a look at earlier than the season begins.

MotoGP Sepang Check Mixed Occasions

Pos Rider Bike TIme/Hole
1 L.Marini DUCATI 1’57.889
2 F.Bagnaia DUCATI +0.080
3 M.Viñales APRILIA +0.147
4 E.Bastianini DUCATI +0.260
5 J.Martin DUCATI +0.315
6 A.Espargaro APRILIA +0.418
7 F.Di Giannanto   Ita DUCATI +0.455
8 M.Bezzecchi DUCATI +0.474
9 A.Marquez DUCATI +0.496
10 M.Marquez HONDA +0.777
11 R.Fernandez APRILIA +0.821
12 J.Mir HONDA +0.895
13 P.Espargaro GASGAS +0.908
14 B.Binder KTM +0.923
15 M.Oliveira APRILIA +0.950
16 J.Zarco DUCATI +0.963
17 F.Quartararo YAMAHA +1.008
18 J.Miller KTM +1.012
19 A.Rins HONDA +1.043
20 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA +1.097
21 T.Nakagami HONDA +1.646
22 A.Fernandez GASGAS +1.771
23 C.Crutchlow YAMAHA +2.034
24 S.Bradl HONDA +2.546
25 Ok.Nakasuga YAMAHA +3.350

MotoGP Sepang Check Day Three Finest Speeds

Pos Rider Bike Pace
1 Pecco Bagnaia Ducati 337.5
2 Maverick Vinales  Aprilia 337.5
3 Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 337.5
4 Jorge Martin Ducati 336.4
5 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 336.4
6 Luca Marini  Ducati 336.4
7 Marc Marquez Honda 336.4
8 Enea Bastianini Ducati  335.4
9 Alex Marquez Ducati 334.3
10 Pol Espargaro GASGAS 334.3
11 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 334.3
12 Fabio DiGiannantonio Ducati 333.3
13 Johann Zarco Ducati 333.3
14 Jack Miller KTM 333.3
15 Miguel Oliveira Aprilia 333.3
16 Raul Fernandez Aprilia 333.2
17 Joan Mir Honda 332.3
18 Brad Binder KTM 332.3
19 Alex Rins Honda 332.3
20 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 332.3
21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 331.2
22 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS 330.2
23 Stefan Bradl Honda 330.2
24 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 328.2