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

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

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:

PosRiderTeamFastest lapLead. GapPrev. GapLapsLast lap
1PEDROSA, DaniRepsol Honda Team1:29.78177 / 78
2ZARCO, JohannMonster Yamaha Tech 31:29.8670.0860.08644 / 47
3CRUTCHLOW, CalLCR Honda CASTROL1:30.0640.2830.19750 / 81
4MARQUEZ, MarcRepsol Honda Team1:30.1430.3620.07927 / 96
5RINS, AlexTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.1780.3970.03515 / 66
6MILLER, JackAlma Pramac Racing1:30.1900.4090.01217 / 50
7DOVIZIOSO, AndreaDucati Team1:30.1920.4110.00252 / 58
8NAKAGAMI, TakaakiLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:30.4560.6750.26460 / 78
9RABAT, TitoReale Avintia Racing1:30.4760.6950.02042 / 52
10ROSSI, ValentinoMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.5110.7300.03569 / 70
11PETRUCCI, DaniloAlma Pramac Racing1:30.5730.7920.06211 / 43
12VIÑALES, MaverickMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.5900.8090.01766 / 69
13MORBIDELLI, FrancoEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:30.6480.8670.05869 / 71
14ESPARGARO, AleixAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:30.7010.9200.05364 / 65
15IANNONE, AndreaTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.7180.9370.01719 / 78
16SMITH, BradleyRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:30.9211.1400.20356 / 71
17KALLIO, MikaRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:31.1691.3880.24854 / 84
18REDDING, ScottAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.3111.5300.1428 / 63
19LUTHI, ThomasEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:31.3541.5730.04371 / 81
20BAUTISTA, AlvaroÁngel Nieto Team1:31.4861.7050.13236 / 37
21SYAHRIN, HafizhMonster Yamaha Tech 31:31.5371.7560.05146 / 47
22LORENZO, JorgeDucati Team1:31.6271.8460.09014 / 68
23SIMEON, XavierReale Avintia Racing1:32.0192.2380.39221 / 51
24ABRAHAM, KarelÁngel Nieto Team1:32.0242.2430.00518 / 38