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POLL: Who will be fastest at Sepang MotoGP test?
30 January 2013
After a long, cold winter MotoGP bursts back into action next week with the first official pre-season test of the year, at Sepang in Malaysia.
It's a highly anticipated event, with all twelve manufacturer riders (from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati) going head-to-head for the first time, whilst also debuting the latest 2013 technical updates.
The twelve privateer CRT riders are also eligible to test, with those that have chosen to use the standard ECU getting an extra two days of track time on Sunday and Monday. The others will ride out of their pit garages for the first time on Tuesday morning (weather permitting) for the start of three days of development.
The only official test since the end of last season was the post-race outing at Valencia, which ended with 2012 title runner-up Dani Pedrosa fastest for Repsol Honda.
However the reunited Factory Yamaha line-up of reigning double champion Jorge Lorenzo and former seven time title winner Valentino Rossi were not present for the half-day of dry time, having switched to Aragon in an ill-fated search for better weather.
New Pramac Ducati signing Ben Spies didn't test at all - and hasn't been on a MotoGP bike since October - due to his Sepang shoulder injury. Next week's three-day test will thus mark his very first laps on a Desmosedici.
Much attention is sure to be focussed on new Repsol Honda signing and reigning Moto2 world champion Marc Marquez.
Marquez, taking the seat left vacant by Casey Stoner, was 1.081s behind Pedrosa at Valencia and will have one-up on the other MotoGP rookies after taking part in a private three-day Honda test at Sepang in late November.
Gresini's Alvaro Bautista was the only other race rider present and the last time most of the premier-class were on track at Sepang was in October's storm-shortened Malaysian Grand Prix.
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