Pedrosa Dominates Sepang Test, Acosta Excited at Start


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The preseason tests in Sepang began on Thursday, with testers and rookies in MotoGP gathering at the Malaysian track. The day saw some interesting developments, including new parts on the fairing of the motorcycle driven by Stefan Bradl of Repsol Honda, as well as changes in the aerodynamic design of the Aprilia RS-GPSavadori.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the day was the work of KTM’s competitors. Pol Espargaró started his new role as a tester, while Pedro Acosta impressed with quick times, finishing second on the first day of the shakedown.

Dani Pedrosa also made an impact, setting the best time of the day. Only seven drivers were present at the event, including Michele Pirro, Cal Crutchlow, and Lorenzo Savadori. Notably absent were the official Repsol Honda and Yamaha riders, who will begin testing their new machines the following day.

The times for day 1 of the shakedown in Sepang were as follows:
1. Dani Pedrosa (KTM) 1:59.233
2. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 1:59.385 +0.152
3. Pol Espargaró (KTM) 1:59.415 +0.182
4. Dani Pedrosa (KTM) 1:59.448 +0.215
5. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) 1:59.860 +0.627
6. Pedro Acosta (KTM) 2:00.078 +0.845
7. Pol Espargaró (KTM) 2:00.085 +0.852
8. Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda) 2:00.848 +1.615
9. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 2:00.866 +1.633
10. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2:01.013 +1.780
11. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2:01.440 +2.207
12. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2:01.733 +2.500
13. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) 2:01.809 +2.576
14. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) 2:02.140 +2.907
15. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 2:03.059 +3.826
16. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) 2:04.040 +4.807
17. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) 2:05.467 +6.234
18. Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) 2:08.565 +9.332

The first day of the shakedown in Sepang saw some exciting developments, with notable performances from Pedro Acosta and Dani Pedrosa, as well as changes to the fairing of the Repsol Honda and the aerodynamic design of the Aprilia RS-GPSavadori. KTM’s competitors also made an impact, with Pol Espargaró starting his new role as a tester and setting impressive times. The absence of some official riders on the first day sets the stage for an exciting second day of testing.

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