Motorcycle Racing News MotoGP 2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Honda RC213V Goes 3 for 3

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Honda RC213V Goes 3 for 3

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results

Following MotoGP’s debut at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit, Honda RC213V machinery dominated.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow led the opening day, and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez bettered the Brit’s time on Saturday to take the top spot, and become the first rider to post under the 1:30 mark. On Sunday yet another Honda rider was quickest, this time Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Honda's Dani Pedrosa
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa

The Spaniard set the baseline lap time of 1:29.871 at the 2.83-mile flat circuit just outside of Buriram. During Sunday’s final day of Thailand MotoGP testing, a Yamaha and two Honda pilots followed Pedrosa:

  • Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, (-0.086)
  • Cal Crutchlow (-0.283)
  • Marc Marquez (-0.362)

In total, Pedrosa completed 271 laps during the test, he and his teammate, the reigning MotoGP Champion Marquez, working with the latest engine configuration, new aerodynamics, new chassis settings, and some Michelin tires. Both riders also practices race simulation to prep for round 15, which gets underway in October at the Thailand circuit.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Yamaha's Johan Zarco
Yamaha’s Johann Zarco

“We leave Thailand with positive feelings. The test was quite tough as the temperatures were high, and we worked really hard over the three days,” Dani Pedrosa says.

“In the end we didn’t have many tires left, so we had to carefully manage the planning of our work. We worked on many aspects of the bike’s setup, and step-by-step we improved our speed and pace. Among other things, today we tested a carbon swing arm that’s a new area for us to work on, so we’re still in the process of learning and of finding the feeling. I

“I’m very happy with the job my team is doing at the track, and with what the engineers are doing back in Japan. They’re really helping us to improve, and this is good and gives us confidence. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue this trend at the final test in Qatar, which will be very interesting as conditions will be different.”

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Honda's Cal Crutchlow
Honda’s Cal Crutchlow

As for Marquez, he suffered a small crash on the third and final day of Thailand MotoGP testing, but was able to finish the day fourth, just ahead of the top Suzuki pilot – Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins.

The top Ducati time Sunday went to Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller, the Australian finishing 0.409 of a second behind Pedrosa.

Rounding out the top 10 were Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso; LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami; Reale Avintia Racing Ducati’s Tito Rabat; and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results: Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso

As for the other Ducati Team rider, five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard who led the Sepang MotoGP test finished 16th fastest while comparing the GP17 and GP18 prototypes.

The riders now have a two-week break before the final test of the 2018 MotoGP season at Losail International Circuit in Qatar; testing gets underway March 1.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results, Day 3:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Prev. Gap Laps Last lap
1 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 1:29.781 77 / 78
2 ZARCO, Johann Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:29.867 0.086 0.086 44 / 47
3 CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 1:30.064 0.283 0.197 50 / 81
4 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:30.143 0.362 0.079 27 / 96
5 RINS, Alex Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:30.178 0.397 0.035 15 / 66
6 MILLER, Jack Alma Pramac Racing 1:30.190 0.409 0.012 17 / 50
7 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 1:30.192 0.411 0.002 52 / 58
8 NAKAGAMI, Takaaki LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1:30.456 0.675 0.264 60 / 78
9 RABAT, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 1:30.476 0.695 0.020 42 / 52
10 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:30.511 0.730 0.035 69 / 70
11 PETRUCCI, Danilo Alma Pramac Racing 1:30.573 0.792 0.062 11 / 43
12 VIÑALES, Maverick Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:30.590 0.809 0.017 66 / 69
13 MORBIDELLI, Franco EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:30.648 0.867 0.058 69 / 71
14 ESPARGARO, Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:30.701 0.920 0.053 64 / 65
15 IANNONE, Andrea Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:30.718 0.937 0.017 19 / 78
16 SMITH, Bradley Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:30.921 1.140 0.203 56 / 71
17 KALLIO, Mika Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:31.169 1.388 0.248 54 / 84
18 REDDING, Scott Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:31.311 1.530 0.142 8 / 63
19 LUTHI, Thomas EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:31.354 1.573 0.043 71 / 81
20 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Ángel Nieto Team 1:31.486 1.705 0.132 36 / 37
21 SYAHRIN, Hafizh Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:31.537 1.756 0.051 46 / 47
22 LORENZO, Jorge Ducati Team 1:31.627 1.846 0.090 14 / 68
23 SIMEON, Xavier Reale Avintia Racing 1:32.019 2.238 0.392 21 / 51
24 ABRAHAM, Karel Ángel Nieto Team 1:32.024 2.243 0.005 18 / 38

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE First Look (5 Fast Facts—Supercharged)

We met the Kawasaki Z H2 last year, and now it’s time to upgrade. The 2021 Kawasaki Z H2 SE takes the standard supercharged...

2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR: All New (15 Fast Facts)

Kawasaki has totally revamped its 2021 Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR superbikes. The motorcycles, built with input from Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT), won the past...

2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM First Look with Specs (6 Fast Facts)

Adding to the KLX300R and all-new KLX300 dual-sport, Kawasaki has completed it's 2021 KLX lineup with an unexpected motorcycle. Meet the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM,...

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 First Look (5 Fast Facts)

From the moment we rode the 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R, we were crossing our fingers that we would see a dual-sport version. It took only...

2021 Honda Trail 125 Review (17 Fast Facts On- and Off-Road)

Honda continues to mine its archives for fun, approachable, small-displacement motorcycles with the release of their cool-as-a-Swiss-army-knife 2021 Honda Trail 125 ABS. This is...

1957 Gilera Extra Rossa 175 by Machine 1867: The Inside Story

“I really liked the look of the engine,” Edi Buffon of Machine 1867 explains, “and I thought I’d make something really interesting from it.” The...