“It's a new track so not going would have been very bad for us, they [Honda] would have had an advantage if they went and we didn't,” commented the Spaniard. “Luckily finally we will go and be in the same condition as Honda for the Texas race. This is positive.”
2012 title runner-up Dani Pedrosa set the pace for Honda at the first Sepang test by 0.329s over Lorenzo, before Lorenzo gained the edge by 0.280s at the second.
However, Pedrosa has so far led five of the six days of 2013 testing.
“It's difficult to say [if Pedrosa and Honda are ahead]. I think we are pretty similar at the moment,” said Lorenzo. “Also Sepang is just one track. Let's see what happens at Texas and Jerez.”
Best lap time aside, Lorenzo delivered impressive consistency and strong race simulations at Sepang. Pedrosa has so far stuck to short runs.