Motorcycling - Marquez tops first test of 2014

Marc Marquez began his MotoGP title defence by topping the first day of 2014 pre-season testing at Sepang in Malaysia.

After initially swapping first place with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, Marquez moved his Honda 0.518 seconds with a 2m00.286s lap in the closing stages.

Rossi retained second, followed by Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa and the second Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo.

Satellite Honda riders Alvaro Bautista (Gresini) and Stefan Bradl (LCR) completed the top six.

Forward Racing made an impressive start to its new programme with Yamaha-based Open class bikes. Former CRT benchmark Aleix Espargaro was seventh, while team-mate Colin Edwards was 11th despite mechanical problems keeping him in the garage initially.

None of the factory Ducatis made it into the top 10, with race riders Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow sandwiching tester Michele Pirro in 12th and 14th respectively. Crutchlow was another man to lose mileage to technical issues.

But Pramac's Andrea Iannone took eighth place on the Open Ducati, ahead of Tech 3 Yamaha duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith.

The only team not present was Ioda, which will begin its programme with Open class Aprilias for Danilo Petrucci and Leon Camier at the second test later this month.

The presence of test riders from Honda, Ducati and Yamaha plus Randy de Puniet on the new Suzuki - which was 19th quickest - still meant a 26-bike field for the test.

Results:

1. MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 2:00.286 52 / 62 2:08.860

2. ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.804 0.518 0.518 58 / 61 1:13.131

3. PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.906 0.620 0.102 73 / 75 1:56.310

4. LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.082 0.796 0.176 26 / 47 1:06.182

5. BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:01.240 0.954 0.158 48 / 52 1:40.406

6. BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.320 1.034 0.080 31 / 61 2:11.309

7. ESPARGARO, Aleix NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:01.419 1.133 0.099 19 / 26 47:34.143

8. IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing 2:01.538 1.252 0.119 38 / 44 1:07.922

9. ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.634 1.348 0.096 42 / 48 1:16.624

10. SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.876 1.590 0.242 54 / 55 1:21.505

11. EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:02.483 2.197 0.607 25 / 26 1:11.147

12. DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:02.497 2.211 0.014 21 / 27 1:51.098

13. PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 2:02.552 2.266 0.055 47 / 48 1:16.488

14. CRUTCHLOW, Cal Ducati Team 2:02.860 2.574 0.308 16 / 38 15:47.051

15. HERNANDEZ, Yonny Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:02.891 2.605 0.031 28 / 49 1:19.163

16. NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:03.126 2.840 0.235 14 / 35 1:12.528

17. HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:03.319 3.033 0.193 53 / 56 2:55.201

18. AOYAMA, Hiroshi Drive M7 Aspar 2:03.328 3.042 0.009 49 / 51 1:10.151

19. DE PUNIET, Randy Suzuki Test Team 2:03.893 3.607 0.565 47 / 75 1:26.204

20. AKIYOSHI, Kosuke HRC Test Team 2:04.267 3.981 0.374 27 / 64 1:11.932

21. REDDING, Scott GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:04.431 4.145 0.164 41 / 48 1:15.367

22. BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:04.922 4.636 0.491 34 / 44 2:16.544

23. DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:05.825 5.539 0.903 50 / 51 1:19.253

24. PARKES, Broc Paul Bird Motorport 2:05.889 5.603 0.064 32 / 40 1:19.320

25. LAVERTY, Michael Paul Bird Motorsport 2:06.070 5.784 0.181 14 / 14 1:25.077

26. ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 2:06.755 6.469 0.685 21 / 41 1:17.323