MotoGP Sepang Test: Marquez blitzes lap record to end test on top

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 06 Feb 2015

Marquez smoked his own record

Marc Marquez blitzed his own, outright lap record in Sepang today to end the three day test on top of the timesheets.

The Spaniard set a blistering time of 1’58.867 in the first hour of the final day, almost one second faster than the outright lap record he set in qualifying last year.

The overall pace was impressive with the top five riders all under Marquez’ original record. Dani Pedrosa recorded the second fastest time, just 0.139 off Marquez, to give Repsol Honda the 1-2 with Andrea Iannone closing a successful test for Ducati in third just half a second off.

Rossi was faster than Lorenzo

Rossi toppled his Yamaha teammate on the final day after fixing his chatter issues to set the fourth fastest time. The Italian put in a number of long runs and tested various electronic set ups and is not thought to have chased a fast lap. Jorge Lorenzo was sixth, some seven tenths off Marquez.

Pol Espargaro concluded a promising test in sixth place, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and leading open entry Stefan Bradl. Bradley Smith was ninth.

 


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After running as high as sixth in the early stages, Aleix Espargaro continued to show Suzuki aren’t too far off with the gap just 1.6 seconds after this first test. His rookie team mate was just four tenths slower with LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow sandwiched between the pair.

There's promise for Suzuki

Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci was thirteenth fastest ahead of Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama with Hector Barbera rounding out the top 15 on the Avintia Ducati.

Scott Redding continued to get to grips with his new Honda RC213V in seventeenth, 2.4 seconds off the pace.

Aprilia concluded the test three seconds off Marquez’ best lap with Alvaro Bautista. Marco Melandri continued to struggle, a further 1.7 seconds behind.

Photos: Bonnie Lane

MotoGP Sepang Test Final Times


       
1   MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 01:58.9
         
2   PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 01:59.0
         
3   IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team 01:59.4
         
4   ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 01:59.4
         
5   LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 01:59.6
         
6   ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 01:59.9
         
7   DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 01:59.9
         
8   BRADL, Stefan Forward Racing Team 02:00.3
         
9   SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 02:00.4
         
10   ESPARGARO, Aleix Team Suzuki MotoGP 02:00.5
         
11   CRUTCHLOW, Cal CWM LCR Honda 02:00.5
         
12   VINALES, Maverick Team Suzuki MotoGP 02:01.0
         
13   PETRUCCI, Danilo Pramac Racing 02:01.0
         
14   AOYAMA, Hiroshi HRC 02:01.0
         
15   BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 02:01.2
         
16   PIRRO, Michele Pramac Racing 02:01.2
         
17   REDDING, Scott Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS 02:01.3
         
18   HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 02:01.5
         
19   BAZ, Loris Forward Racing Team 02:01.6
         
20   MILLER, Jack CWM LCR Honda 02:01.9
         
21   BAUTISTA, Alvaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 02:01.9
         
22   DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 02:02.1
         
23   ABRAHAM, Karel AB Motoracing 02:02.3
         
24   LAVERTY, Eugene Drive M7 Aspar 02:02.3
         
25   NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 02:02.4
         
26   TAKAHASHI, Takumi HRC 02:03.1
         
27   DE ANGELIS, Alex Octo Ioda Racing Team 02:03.5
         
28   MELANDRI, Marco Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 02:03.6
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