Wet conditions continued to trouble MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez on the first day of the three day test in Sepang.
Marc was delayed going out due to a wet track and then managed only a few exits before more rain arrived.
In total he completed 26 laps with a fastest time of 2’03.650.
“At the moment the weather is definitely not our friend! This morning the circuit was wet and we waited until 11:00 to go out on track. After only 4 exits it began to rain again and the day was over for us. The grip level was very low and at the beginning it was quite difficult to find any grip at all. However, I am happy because I have been able to improve my lap time each time I went out, even though I remained on the same tyres. Let’s hope that the weather will be kinder tomorrow and it won’t rain!”
GAS, which has sponsored the Repsol Honda Team for 15 consecutive years, is on the Honda stand at the 70th International Motorcycle Exhibition – in Milan to 18 November – to announce a two year extension of the contract that links the Vicenza-based jeanswear brand to the world’s leading motorcycle makers, and to present the new uniforms for the team and the HRC staff, Honda’s racing arm.
The apparel, produced and distributed – in the replica version – exclusively by GAS, has undergone a complete restyling with valuable assistance from designer Aldo Drudi of Cattolica, who has worked with many leading names in motorcycling, and who was awarded the ADI’s Compasso d’Oro in 2001 for Valentino Rossi’s race suit. From the Romagna-born racing designer’s unbridled passion for motorcycle racing and GAS know-how in the production of high quality, casual clothing, comes the new line of apparel that Repsol Honda riders and team, as well as the HRC staff, will wear for the entire 2013 championship season. The complete line includes high performance, good looking jackets, fleeces, shorts, polo shirts and pants – a perfect blend of comfort and style.
Dani Pedrosa, Motomondiale
The 2012 MotoGP World Championship came to an exciting climax today with a fantastic display from the Repsol Honda Team. Dani Pedrosa took victory in the Grand Prix of La Comunidad Valenciana (his sixth at this track) and finishes the season runner-up to champion Jorge Lorenzo by just 18 points but with the most victories of the championship, with a total of seven. 2011 World Champion Casey Stoner completed the final GP of his career and took third place, his tenth podium of the year.
It was one of the most dramatic races of the season. Tricky weather conditions caused confusion at the start with only two riders – Lorenzo and Bradl -starting with slicks tyres on the grid. After the sighting lap, several riders chose to change to slick tyre bikes and start from the pit lane, including Dani who lost his advantage of being on pole position.
With the asphalt drying up very quickly, Dani managed to catch race leader Lorenzo within 12 laps, just before the Yamaha rider crashed out. Dani took the lead with a huge advantage of 23 seconds and remained calm to control the pace until the end, crossing the finish line with gap of 37 seconds and securing Honda’s 19th premier class Constructor’s Title.