MotoGP » POLL: Who will be fastest at Sepang MotoGP test?

Look into your MotoGP crystal ball and predict who will be fastest in next week's first official 2013 test at Sepang...

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nitro noreeeee - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 8:39 PM

Rossi won't be at the top if the time sheets, remember his first year on the yam.he knew it was good but he rolled off/sandbagged so not to leery on to anyone else just how quick he was. Usual suspects up front dani-jorge . They say that duc needs an aggressive rider, spies and dovi might just be able to replicate what stoner did.hayden will always be w8 th place man at best on the duc. .this season can't start soon enough. Testing doesn't mean diddly. :)

King Kenny - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 9:22 PM

@TrueFan: then, if you've read the rest, you know I said it's "possible" (if not likely) for Rossi to be fastest at Sepang.

I think Pedrosa will be fastest unless something's really wrong with the 2013 Honda (and it shouldn't, since he was already riding it for most of 2012 and was damn fast.)

Pedrosa likes to finish on top of the timesheets during winter testing (not so much during the free practices in season), so he always makes sure to try for a couple of hotlaps when the track is at its best (at Sepang, that will probably be during the morning.) Lorenzo puts less focus on fast laps and does thorough testing of every upgrade and new piece of kit (remember how often he finished behind satellite bikes in past winter tests.) Rossi always tries for a hotlap, but he himself's said he'll take it one step at a time.


January 30, 2013 9:26 PM

Fastest times??? Who cares?? The telling tale is the section by section. Fastest times are really calculated by taking the accumulated section data(best of) and adding them together.
As for this topic, it is a tossup between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, both excell at putting down a fast lap. AND they are used to their bikes.

King Kenny - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 11:35 PM

Interesting bit of news (at least, "news" to me): Yamaha is likely to try at Sepang a seamless gearbox like the ones currently used by Honda and Ducati. Could this give the M1 the extra acceleration it needs? (Smoother gear changes means the rider will be able to accelerate sooner on corner exit.) We'll see.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 12:31 AM

its not the gear box thats slowing down the yam, its the way its ridden around a corner. Jorge's bike is built for the 250 approach, faster corner speeds and more eccentric lines through a turn. The way casey and dani sit their bike up and how its able to actually do that and how the yam isnt (see Ben Spies) is why the Honda dominates in to and out of the corners.

The Yam has to be ridden wider and faster through a turn, hair pins like Sepang high light the lack potential in the Yam as the power on the brakes and power out of the corner are neglected in favor for a faster (longer) run through the corner.

Watch Jorge try to navigate the hair pin at Sepang last year in the wet and it will tell you all you need to know where the Yam is deficient. Dani destroyed Jorge on the brakes that round, Jorge had a 15+kph advantage and still got destroyed.

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