MotoGP Sepang Test: Rossi fastest as rain interrupts Day 1

Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Bonnie Lane Posted: 23 Feb 2015

Rossi was fastest before rain interrupted play

Valentino Rossi lead the way as MotoGP testing resumed in Sepang today, the Italian leading the timesheets throughout the day until rain stopped play with just under two hours to go.

Temperatures were much higher than in the first test meaning reduced grip saw lap times some two seconds off the record pace set by Marquez two weeks ago. Riders were preparing to head out for lap times as the temperature fell towards the end of the day but a heavy rainstorm ended play early.  

Rossi’s fastest lap of 2’00.414 came not long before lunch placing the Italian comfortably ahead of rivals. By close of play, only Dani Pedrosa (2’00.543) and Pol Espargaro had come within half a second of the 10 time world champion by the end of the day.

Aleix Espargaro impressed on the Suzuki, setting the fourth fastest time just 0.748 off the pace and faster than double world champions Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in fifth and sixth respectively.

Crutchlow was just 0.035 off Marquez

Having said he was a bit ‘rusty’ after the first test, Cal Crutchlow got into the groove of things a bit better this time round, his time of 2’01.222 was just 0.032 off Marquez placing him seventh fastest.

Bradley Smith followed in eighth, with Maverick Vinales putting the second Suzuki in the top ten ninth fastest. Andrea Dovizioso’s first run on the Desmosedici GP15 placed him tenth fastest, just 0.948 off the pace after around half the amount of laps as other riders.

Scott Redding showed clear improvement in eleventh, just over a second off the pace ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Aprilia. Hector Barbera, Nicky Hayden and Andrea Iannone rounded out the top fifteen.

Some riders did venture out in the wet for the final hour, including championship rookies Maverick Vinales and Jack Miller who used the time to familiarise themselves with Bridgestone’s wet rubber.

1

 

ROSSI, Valentino

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

02:00.4

 

2

 

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

02:00.5

0.129

3

 

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:00.9

0.462

4

 

ESPARGARO, Aleix

Team Suzuki MotoGP

02:01.1

0.641

5

 

LORENZO, Jorge

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

02:01.2

0.748

6

 

MARQUEZ, Marc

Repsol Honda Team

02:01.2

0.776

7

 

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

CWM LCR Honda

02:01.2

0.808

8

 

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

02:01.2

0.827

9

 

VINALES, Maverick

Team Suzuki MotoGP

02:01.3

0.903

10

 

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

02:01.4

0.941

11

 

REDDING, Scott

Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS

02:01.6

1.178

12

 

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

02:01.7

1.326

13

 

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

02:01.9

1.512

14

 

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

02:02.1

1.648

15

 

IANNONE, Andrea

Ducati Team

02:02.1

1.728

16

 

PETRUCCI, Danilo

Pramac Racing

02:02.2

1.811

17

 

ABRAHAM, Karel

AB Motoracing

02:02.4

1.98

18

 

BRADL, Stefan

Forward Racing Team

02:02.4

1.996

19

 

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Pramac Racing

02:02.6

2.192

20

 

LAVERTY, Eugene

Drive M7 Aspar

02:02.7

2.316

21

 

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

02:02.9

2.527

22

 

MILLER, Jack

CWM LCR Honda

02:03.0

2.592

23

 

PIRRO, Michele

Ducati Test Team

02:03.1

2.691

24

 

BAZ, Loris

Forward Racing Team

02:03.3

2.902

25

 

NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki

Yamaha Factory Test Team

02:03.3

2.923

26

 

DE ANGELIS, Alex

Octo Ioda Racing Team

02:04.0

3.552

27

 

MELANDRI, Marco

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

02:04.0

3.586

 

 

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