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Feb 4

MotoGP: Rossi Relieved To Solve Braking Issues

Yamaha Factory Racing's Italian rider Valentino Rossi takes a corner during the first MotoGP pre-season testing session at the Sepang circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi takes a corner during the first MotoGP preseason test at the Sepang Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi was pleased for two key reasons on Tuesday, as he finished the first day of the Sepang MotoGP test in second place as well as rectifying braking issues that plagued the nine-time World Champion in 2013.

Rossi shot up to second place on the timesheets during the final half hour of running time, with the Yamaha Factory Racing rider ending proceedings second only to Repsol Honda Team’s World Champion Marc Marquez.

Feb 4

F1: Report Suggests Ecclestone Devised ‘Double Points’ To Help Ferrari

Ferrari boss, Luca di Montezemolo.  (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo stands by in the F1 paddock. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Luca di Montezemolo agreed behind closed doors that the controversial ‘double points’ innovation is necessary for Formula One.

That is the claim of F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, despite Ferrari president Montezemolo having claimed on record that he is opposed to the unpopular idea.

Feb 4

MotoGP: Pedrosa Satisfied After ‘Fun’ Opening Day

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team heads down a straight during Day One at the MotoGP Tests in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team heads down a straight during Day One of MotoGP testing in Sepang. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dani Pedrosa was content following the first day of this week’s Sepang MotoGP test, finishing third quickest on Tuesday afternoon.

The 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix winner ended proceedings inside the top three, jumping ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in the dying minutes of the session as Repsol Honda Team partner Marc Marquez remained quickest.

Feb 4

MotoGP: Marquez Leads Opening Day Of Sepang Test

Marc Marquez takes part in the MotoGP Sepang test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez takes part in the MotoGP Sepang test. (Photo: Getty Images)

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez topped the first day of MotoGP preseason testing at Sepang in Malaysia.

The 20-year-old Repsol Honda star traded first place with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi for much of the morning session, but as track temperatures dropped, so too did Marquez’s lap times. In the closing stages, Marquez posted  2:00.286 to firmly claim fast-lap honors.