SEPANG – Repsol Honda Team rider, Dani Pedrosa,32, set the fastest lap time on the opening day of the 2018 MotoGP pre-season winter test at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) here, today.
The Spaniard, who finished fourth in the 2017 championship, took full advantage of the top condition of the 5.5 km track to clock one minute and 59.427 seconds in lap 55 of the 56 laps session.
Ducati Team rider Andrea Dovizioso of Italy was just 0.343s behind Pedrosa while his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, who was the 2015 champion came in third with a time of 1:59.802s.
Italian motorcycling legend and nine-time world champion, Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team settled for sixth place after clocking 2:00.233s.
Meanwhile, Marc Marques of Repsol Honda Team who was crowned as the 2017 champion, thus retaining his title in 2016, settled for seventh place with a time of 2:00.947s.
The pre-season testing was held from 10am to 6pm and the eight-hour official pre-season testing continues tomorrow. – BERNAMA