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MotoGP Thai Test: Dani Pedrosa tops the timesheets at Buriram

Repsol Honda star produces the fastest time of the three-day test as Honda riders dominate in Thailand

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The three-day MotoGP test in Thailand concluded in the early hours of this morning, with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa at the top of the timesheets.

Honda dominated at the Buriram International Circuit, with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow powering his LCR Honda to the fastest time on Day 1, then Repsol Honda’s defending world champion Marc Marquez taking over at the top of the timesheets after Day 2.

But by the time testing had concluded at the end of the third and final day, it was Pedrosa who was fastest, with a best time of 1:29.781, the fastest time ever set at the Thai circuit.

Brit Cal Crutchlow led the way on Day 1 (MotoGP)

Brit Cal Crutchlow led the way on Day 1 (MotoGP)

Tech 3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco was second fastest after twice dipping under the 1:30 barrier on Day 3, with a best time of 1:29.867. Marquez (1:29.969) was third quickest, with Crutchlow (1:30.064) fourth.

The test at Buriram proved an encouraging one for Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller, who registered the fifth and sixth fastest times respectively.

But it was a weekend to forget for the factory Yamaha and Ducati teams, who struggled to keep pace with the Hondas at the top of the leaderboard.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was solid enough in seventh, but teammate Jorge Lorenzo struggled, and finished the combined three-day timesheet languishing down in 16th, almost a second behind Pedrosa’s best time. Meanwhile, the Yamaha duo of Maverick Vinales (eighth) and Valentino Rossi (12th) will be looking to squeeze more performance out of their machinery ahead of the coming campaign.

Fastest rookie: Taka Nakagami impressed on his LCR Honda (MotoGP)

Fastest rookie: Taka Nakagami impressed on his LCR Honda (MotoGP)

The honour of the weekend’s fastest rookie went to Japanese former Moto2 standout Taka Nakagami. The LCR Honda rider and teammate of Crutchlow improved throughout the weekend as he acquainted himself with his new bike. He finished 10th fastest, ahead of the second-fastest rookie, Moto2 world champion Franco Morbidelli (13th).

The Tech 3 squad were encouraged by the performance of the third-quickest rookie, as Malaysia’s Hafizh Syahrin racked up 47 laps aboard the Tech 3 Yamaha in his debut MotoGP test.

For the full three-day results from Buriram, head to the official MotoGP website.

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