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Sepang Test Opens With Few Surprises

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Predictability is boring, isn’t it? The usual suspects led the time sheet after the first day of the Sepang MotoGP test, with the exception of a quick lap by Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso, slotting himself in front of Dani Pedrosa. If anything, Yamaha factory riders looked strongest, before defending champ Marc Marquez put his Honda on top at the end of the day. Cal Crutchlow, aboard his coveted factory Honda, can’t be happy he was more than a full second slower than the fastest Ducati, but two days of testing remain.

Suzuki opened with its fastest rider, Aleix Espargaro, roughly 2 seconds off the pace, while class rookie Jack Miller, considering his jump straight from Moto3, seems to be coming to grips quite well. More later.

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Prev. Gap Laps Last lap
1 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 2:00.262 62 / 63 1:07.607
2 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.380 0.118 0.118 27 / 57 2:19.571
3 LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.521 0.259 0.141 30 / 55 9:53.068
4 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.617 0.355 0.096 36 / 41 1:07.239
5 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.745 0.483 0.128 25 / 45 15:14.790
6 ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.930 0.668 0.185 29 / 55 1:21.895
7 IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team 2:01.424 1.162 0.494 58 / 59 1:16.608
8 BRADL, Stefan Forward Racing Team 2:01.556 1.294 0.132 50 / 58 1:10.446
9 SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.707 1.445 0.151 27 / 52 2:15.595
10 CRUTCHLOW, Cal CWM LCR Honda 2:01.713 1.451 0.006 34 / 61 1:11.360
11 REDDING, Scott Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS 2:01.917 1.655 0.204 59 / 63 2:03.190
12 PIRRO, Michele Pramac Racing 2:01.951 1.689 0.034 51 / 54 2:57.157
13 PETRUCCI, Danilo Pramac Racing 2:02.136 1.874 0.185 50 / 50 2:53.943
14 ESPARGARO, Aleix Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:02.225 1.963 0.089 42 / 46 1:22.379
15 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Factory Aprilia Gresini 2:02.285 2.023 0.060 27 / 50 1:10.156
16 AOYAMA, Hiroshi HRC 2:02.560 2.298 0.275 45 / 69 1:11.518
17 HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.699 2.437 0.139 22 / 46 2:02.971
18 BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:02.700 2.438 0.001 28 / 55 1:10.304
19 MILLER, Jack CWM LCR Honda 2:02.807 2.545 0.107 53 / 59 1:14.178
20 NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:03.092 2.830 0.285 38 / 47 1:13.946
21 VIÑALES, Maverick Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:03.164 2.902 0.072 58 / 69 5:34.207
22 LAVERTY, Eugene Drive M7 Aspar 2:03.295 3.033 0.131 41 / 47 2:57.584
23 DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:03.878 3.616 0.583 34 / 58 1:18.129
24 ABRAHAM, Karel AB Motoracing 2:03.879 3.617 0.001 38 / 46 1:12.349
25 BAZ, Loris Forward Racing Team 2:04.163 3.901 0.284 57 / 66 2:15.970
26 MELANDRI, Marco Factory Aprilia Gresini 2:04.502 4.240 0.339 41 / 42 2:34.639
27 DE ANGELIS, Alex Octo Ioda Racing Team 2:04.673 4.411 0.171 40 / 46 2:23.456
28 TAKAHASHI, Takumi HRC 2:04.719 4.457 0.046 77 / 77 1:12.584
29 TSUDA, Takuya Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:05.478 5.216 0.759 13 / 18 2:23.659
30 LAVERTY, Michael Aprilia Test Team 2:06.190 5.928 0.712 23 / 28 1:21.116

17 Comments

  1. Brinskee says:

    No surprise about Crutchlow either. He did zero riding off season and said it would take him a few days to get back into the swing of things. I think the quote was something like – it takes a while to wrap your head around going 200mph. True that. He also has to relearn how to steer a bike after a season on the Ducati…

  2. DaveA says:

    I don’t have words to describe how disappointed I am that one of the Suzukis is faster than Nicky on the customer Honda. Granted, Espargaro is a phenom, but still…

  3. Jason says:

    I think Nicky did very well. He was the second fastest of the Open Class riders.

    They may all start together but Moto GP is two classes that happen to be on the track at the same time.

  4. mickey says:

    Just happy that MotoGP will be back with us soon. Wouldn’t expect anybody to be faster than the factory riders, especially by day 3 of testing. The pack will sort themselves out and have a pecking order before the season begins. Good to see Suzuki and Aprilia back in the fray. Wouldn’t expect too much out of them this year. People who expected Hayden to go faster with a faster bike are just dreamers.

  5. Martin says:

    I’m intrigued by Jack Miller and Maverick Vinales; Maverick earned his way into this class the usual way but is on a new machine, while Jack is making a huge jump but to an established machine. Which rookie comes out on top is a nice side plot to the championship. Also, with Yamaha looking strong, I think we’ll see Pol scoring podiums regularly.

  6. Philip says:

    Maybe I’m off a bit, but I’m actually surprised with Suzuki’s time. I thought they would be slower.
    Which bikes have seamless style gearboxes this year?

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Maybe I’m off a bit, but I’m actually surprised with Suzuki’s time. I thought they would be slower.”

      no, that’s EXACTLY where they need to be. they’ve been testing and developing for 3 years and came back and promptly scattered 3 engines. if there’s a team more in need of having something to show for their efforts…? I haven’t seen ’em.

      Q: Which bikes have seamless style gearboxes this year?

      A: Honda and Yamaha.

      • Trojanhorse says:

        Half right, Yamaha doesn’t have their seamless box yet. Only Honda for now.

        • Jeremy in TX says:

          Yamaha had a seamless box last year, but it was seamless only running up the gears and not down from what I understand. I would think they should have it sorted to be seamless in both directions for the 2015 season, but I don’t know that for sure.

  7. Hot Dog says:

    Winter testing, how fitting Vale has snowflakes on his lid.

  8. Vrooom says:

    Hell of a showing by Dovi, I’d think that would chap Crutchlow’s hide a bit. Looks like he and Scott Redding will be fighting it out. Man Nicky is way off the pace, 2.5 seconds a lap. Might be time for retirement. Nice to see Pol and Iannone in the top 10, I wonder if Aleix is regretting his decision to go to Suzuki. He was neck and neck with his brother last year. I’d be betting that Maverick Vinales will pick up the pace as the season progresses on.

    • Dave says:

      Re: “I wonder if Aleix is regretting his decision to go to Suzuki”

      Why would he? I assume he’s being paid more, on a longer contract with low expectations based in the birth of his new bike. Of course guys want to win but this is MotoGP. If you’re not on a Repsol Honda or Movistar Yamaha then you’re not racing for wins, you’re racing for money.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “I wonder if Aleix is regretting his decision to go to Suzuki.”

      let a 4th engine scatter…? then go ask him.

    • Jason says:

      Which open class bike isn’t 2.5 seconds off the pace?

  9. Dave says:

    Go Nicky – now that you have a fast bike you should be right up there with…….eerrr……never mind….. 🙁

  10. MGNorge says:

    No, not a surprise at all, but that doesn’t take my interest away.