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Lorenzo Leads Day 2 at Sepang

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Jorge Lorenzo would like to forget the way the first half of 2014 went for him … it was a disaster filled with stupid mistakes and crashes. On day 2 at the Sepang test he looks ready for 2015, smooth and confident. Fast, too. He is the only rider thus far to dip under 2 minutes – just one-tenth of a second off the outright lap record.

Ducati continues to look strong, and Aleix Espargaro put Suzuki into the top ten. Even rookie Maverick Vinales got his Suzuki to nip at the heels of Scott Redding’s factory-class Honda.

Here are the times from day 2:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Prev. Gap Laps Last lap
1 LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:59.963 19 / 56
2 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.015 0.052 0.052 6 / 54
3 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 2:00.146 0.183 0.131 35 / 67
4 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.260 0.297 0.114 50 / 52
5 IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.391 0.428 0.131 29 / 54
6 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.676 0.713 0.285 20 / 63
7 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.959 0.996 0.283 7 / 57
8 CRUTCHLOW, Cal CWM LCR Honda 2:01.058 1.095 0.099 19 / 62
9 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.098 1.135 0.040 32 / 51
10 ESPARGARO, Aleix Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:01.344 1.381 0.246 10 / 55
11 BRADL, Stefan Forward Racing Team 2:01.484 1.521 0.140 13 / 49
12 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:01.615 1.652 0.131 2 / 42
13 AOYAMA, Hiroshi HRC 2:01.772 1.809 0.157 15 / 61
14 REDDING, Scott Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS 2:01.844 1.881 0.072 22 / 52
15 VIÑALES, Maverick Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:01.916 1.953 0.072 47 / 56
16 PETRUCCI, Danilo Pramac Racing 2:01.932 1.969 0.016 53 / 55
17 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:02.155 2.192 0.223 31 / 44
18 PIRRO, Michele Pramac Racing 2:02.199 2.236 0.044 39 / 40
19 HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.228 2.265 0.029 14 / 46
20 ABRAHAM, Karel AB Motoracing 2:02.574 2.611 0.346 45 / 51
21 BAZ, Loris Forward Racing Team 2:02.842 2.879 0.268 36 / 44
22 NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:02.914 2.951 0.072 28 / 40
23 MILLER, Jack CWM LCR Honda 2:03.083 3.120 0.169 56 / 57
24 LAVERTY, Eugene Drive M7 Aspar 2:03.129 3.166 0.046 14 / 45
25 DE ANGELIS, Alex Octo Ioda Racing Team 2:03.399 3.436 0.270 8 / 47
26 DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:03.609 3.646 0.210 8 / 42
27 TAKAHASHI, Takumi HRC 2:03.781 3.818 0.172 10 / 60
28 MELANDRI, Marco Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:04.487 4.524 0.706 3 / 53

18 Comments

  1. Blackcayman says:

    Norm, please tell us how the new Korean Steel Alloy is going to revolutionize the motorcycle industry!

    Triumph bonnevilles could become much lighter and still have traditional frames!

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Norm, please tell us how the new Korean Steel Alloy is going to revolutionize the motorcycle industry!”

      i’ll tell you no such thing.

      but what I CAN tell you is how big companies turning to foreign labor/materials is a precursor for exploitation and human rights abuses all so someone in the 1st world can save $100 bucks on a vehicle.

      a vehicle they never sat down and determined whether they could even afford it to begin with…?

  2. Provologna says:

    How do MotoGP lap records compare to F1 cars, at the exact same tracks?

  3. Provologna says:

    Wow! All brand new team Suzuki #10 and #15… Good for Suzuki.

  4. mickey says:

    I think Lorenzo is going to be trying extra hard this year. Last year he got complacent and had is butt handed to him. Pedrosa is in the same boat. Either Pedrosa is happy with the money he has already been paid, or is happy in his position of taking points away from Yamaha riders, but he has a desire to be MotoGP world Championship, he is going to have to twist the wick more this year. Doubt it’s going to happen though. I expect Rossi is going to be a bit hungrier this year as well as time waits for no man and I’m sure he’d like another championship before he is put out to pasture.

    • Martin says:

      I’m expecting some very close races this year, but I’m thinking Pedrosa will finish behind Marquez, Vale and Lorenzo, and then be replaced next year by Mark’s brother, Alex.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “he has a desire to be MotoGP world Championship”

      since when has individual desire ever meant anything in the context of corporate goals…?

      re: “he is going to have to twist the wick more this year”

      he is going to keep taking direction same as what every other employee on the planet does for their pay check.

      • mickey says:

        Boy I sure hope that isn’t the case. Can’t imagine how demoralizing for a racer (no matter how much you are getting paid) to be ordered to let someone else win.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “Can’t imagine how demoralizing for a racer (no matter how much you are getting paid) to be ordered to let someone else win.”

          less demoralizing when one understands he’s ultimately a RIDER and not a wrench spinner.

          he who manufactures the goods (ie. producers) ultimately controls the “horizontal”, ultimately controls the “vertical”.

          with Puig having long been sent off to the Russian front, Dan’s role has been reduced to that of “beggar consumer”. this means, not only does he control F@#KALL…? but has the good sense to know it.

      • xlayn says:

        so, demoralizing hat was it this morning eh?
        (but you may be right)

        on a personal wish I would like Vale to make it with the championship (yes, just like the last championship), it would be nice to see the old dog and not the raising star win

  5. Vrooom says:

    2 Ducati’s in the top 5!! That’s refreshing. It would be really nice to have a competitive season with perhaps 1/2 a dozen people capable of taking the win, but Marquez is the obstacle to that. Suzuki is looking good too for a new team.

    • burtg says:

      Don’t give Ducati too much credit. They’re still racing with special softer tires and not under the same tech rules as Honda and Yamaha. Ducati gets more engines,and if I recall, more gas. As close as Ducati is now, they should be forced to race with the same specs as Honda and Yamaha.

      • Martin says:

        Once they get three third-placed podiums, two second places or a single race win in dry conditions, their fuel tank capacity will decrease to 22 litres. If they get three wins in a season they will lose the soft tyre option.