Testing times at Sepang – day one

Posted: 26 Feb 2014

MotoGP test: Sepang day 1

The first day of the final three-day MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang is complete, with Honda’s Alvaro Bautista topping the timesheet with a best lap of 2:00.848.

With Marc Marquez out of action following the flat track accident that resulted in him breaking his leg, the rest of the MotoGP boys were undoubtedly keen to demonstrate how far they’ve come during pre-season – just 24 days now separate them from the 2014 kick-off at Qatar.

Experienced MotoGP rider Bautista failed to make much of an impression on the premier class in 2013, but could his positive testing times be the boost he needs for 2014? The Spaniard was running fifth in the last pre-reason test at Sepang earlier this month, so his leap to the top of the timesheet today can only be positive for the Go&FunGresini team.

The second and third spots were taken by Aleix and Pol Espargaro, who are no doubt looking forward to demonstrating their brotherly rivalry to MotoGP fans when the season starts at the end of March.  The duo, who are contesting ‘Open Class’ bikes, posted seventh and ninth fastest times in the previous test at Sepang, so like Bautista before them, they’ll be keen to continue the pace in tomorrow’s leg.

Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were fourth and fifth respectively, while despite a good start to pre-season testing, Valentino Rossi could only manage posting the seventh fastest time today. Brits Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow and Bike Social-supported Scott Redding were ninth, 11th and 18th respectively.

The PBM team of Michael Laverty and BrocParcs were absent from the test, as well as the Iodaracingduo of Leon Camier and DaniloPetrucci.

The test continues tomorrow and Friday.

Test results – day 1

1

 

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2:00.848

 

 

 

2

 

ESPARGARO, Aleix

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2:00.900

 

 

0.052

3

 

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2:00.999

 

 

0.151

4

 

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

2:01.029

 

 

0.181

5

 

LORENZO, Jorge

Yamaha Factory Racing

2:01.158

 

 

0.310

6

 

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

2:01.160

 

 

0.312

7

 

ROSSI, Valentino

Yamaha Factory Racing

2:01.349

 

 

0.501

8

 

BRADL, Stefan

LCR Honda MotoGP

2:01.491

 

 

0.643

9

 

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2:01.644

 

 

0.796

10

 

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

2:02.227

 

 

1.379

11

 

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

Ducati Team

2:02.319

 

 

1.471

12

 

IANNONE, Andrea

Pramac Racing

2:02.334

 

 

1.486

13

 

AOYAMA, Hiroshi

Drive M7 Aspar

2:02.709

 

 

1.861

14

 

EDWARDS, Colin

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2:02.743

 

 

1.895

15

 

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

2:02.823

 

 

1.975

16

 

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

2:02.975

 

 

2.127

17

 

DE PUNIET, Randy

Team Suzuki MotoGP

2:03.341

 

 

2.493

18

 

REDDING, Scott

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2:03.553

 

 

2.705

19

 

PIRRO, Michele

Ducati Test Team

2:03.991

 

 

3.143

20

 

NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki

Yamaha Factory Test Team

2:04.165

 

 

3.317

21

 

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

2:04.885

 

 

4.037

22

 

ABRAHAM, Karel

Cardion AB Motoracing

2:05.638

 

 

4.790

23

 

AOKI, Nobuatsu

Team Suzuki MotoGP

2:07.302

 

 

6.454

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