MotoGP Sepang Test: Marquez fastest from Rossi on Day 1

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 04 Feb 2015

Marquez was fastest on Day 1

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has started the 2015 season where he left off by storming to the top of the timesheets on the first day of testing in Sepang.

The cheeky Spaniard knocked Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi off the top spot with just five minutes of the session remaining with a fastest lap time of 2.00’262. Carrying through his impressive form from last season, Rossi sat comfortable in second almost two tenths ahead of team mate Jorge Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso was fourth on Ducati’s GP14.3, with the GP15 not available until the second test, ahead of the second Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Pol Espargaro was sixth ahead of factory Ducati man Andrea Iannone. Stefan Bradl led the open category in seventh place on the Forward Yamaha.

Brits Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow, who took an early tumble, rounded out the top ten.

Scott Redding jumped up the timesheets towards the end of the day to post a time just two tenths off Crutchlow on the first satellite Honda.

The Pramac Ducati’s of Michele Pirro and Danilo Petrucci sat 12th and 13th as Aleix Espargaro opened Suzuki’s 2015 MotoGP account just two seconds off the pace.

One of the stories of the day was Alvaro Bautista matching Espargaro’s time on the all new Aprilia MotoGP bike despite a flurry of technical issues. His team mate Marco Melandri wasn’t so fast, sitting 26th on the timesheets.

The fastest Honda RC213V-RS was Nicky Hayden in 17th place with MotoGP rookie Jack Miller just a tenth behind the Kentucky Kid. 

Testing continues tomorrow.

Sepang Test Times Day 1

1

MARQUEZ, Marc

Repsol Honda Team

02:00.3

 

2

ROSSI, Valentino

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

02:00.4

0.118

3

LORENZO, Jorge

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

02:00.5

0.259

4

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

02:00.6

0.355

5

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

02:00.7

0.483

6

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:00.9

0.668

7

IANNONE, Andrea

Ducati Team

02:01.4

1.162

8

BRADL, Stefan

Forward Racing Team

02:01.6

1.294

9

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:01.7

1.445

10

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

CWM LCR Honda

02:01.7

1.451

11

REDDING, Scott

Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS

02:01.9

1.655

12

PIRRO, Michele

Pramac Racing

02:02.0

1.689

13

PETRUCCI, Danilo

Pramac Racing

02:02.1

1.874

14

ESPARGARO, Aleix

Team Suzuki MotoGP

02:02.2

1.963

15

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

Factory Aprilia Gresini

02:02.3

2.023

16

AOYAMA, Hiroshi

HRC

02:02.6

2.298

17

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

02:02.7

2.437

18

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

02:02.7

2.438

19

MILLER, Jack

CWM LCR Honda

02:02.8

2.545

20

NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki

Yamaha Factory Test Team

02:03.1

2.83

21

VINALES, Maverick

Team Suzuki MotoGP

02:03.2

2.902

22

LAVERTY, Eugene

Drive M7 Aspar

02:03.3

3.033

23

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

02:03.9

3.616

24

ABRAHAM, Karel

AB Motoracing

02:03.9

3.617

25

BAZ, Loris

Forward Racing Team

02:04.2

3.901

26

MELANDRI, Marco

Factory Aprilia Gresini

02:04.5

4.24

27

DE ANGELIS, Alex

Octo Ioda Racing Team

02:04.7

4.411

28

TAKAHASHI, Takumi

HRC

02:04.7

4.457

29

TSUDA, Takuya

Team Suzuki MotoGP

02:05.5

5.216

30

LAVERTY, Michael

Aprilia Test Team

02:06.2

5.928

 

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