MotoGP 2016 Sepang Test – Day One Quick Wrap

Jorge Lorenzo completely dominant on day one at Sepang
Casey Stoner to test on Tuesday

By Trevor Hedge

Note – This quick wrap has now been replaced by a full report find it here

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets all day today at a sultry Sepang International Circuit as the first eight-hour session of a busy three-day test program commenced for the entire MotoGP field.

It was not until one hour out from calling it a day that any other rider got close to being within a second of the reigning World Champion. His 2m00.684 marker set on the 32nd of his 37-laps.

Valentino Rossi was only seventh quickest with an hour to go but the 36-year-old picked up his place with 35-minutes remaining in the session, lowering hist best time from 2m02.47 down to 2m01.71, still just over a full-second behind his Yamaha teammate but good enough for second overall.

20-minutes later the traditional Malaysian evening showers rolled in, calling a premature halt to proceedings. So we will not know how much more Rossi had in reserve until tomorrow…

Dani Pedrosa put in 34-laps on the Repsol Honda, surprisingly few considering the work program the Repsol HRC Team have in front of them testing different engine specifications and a myriad other changes on the latest iterations of the RC-213V. Pedrosa was less than a tenth shy of Rossi.

Danilo Petrucci was next best on the Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati, a 2m01.81 the best from his 43-laps today to be ahead of the factory Ducati of Andrea Iannone and Avintia Racing’s Hector Barbera. A Ducati 1-2-3 in positions 4-5-6.

Marc Marquez put in 50 laps but never threatened the top of the timesheets, a 2m02.27 the best for the smiling Spaniard. No doubt keeping his powder dry until he comes up with some cracking laps in the latter days of this test.

Scott Redding confirmed his liking for the Ducati to be eighth quickest, and the fourth Ducati in the top ten, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard survived an engine failure on the 2015 spec’ Suzuki to put in a 2m02.53, while Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top ten on the LCR Honda.

Eugene Laverty crashed heavily with just under two hours remaining today, destroying his Aspar MotoGP Team machine and possibly fracturing his hand in the process. The Irishman likely to be ruled out of the rest of the tests.

Bradley Smith was another faller today, but was quickly back on circuit and put in a total of 55 laps on the Tech 3 Yamaha. His best though only a 2m03.02.

Jack Miller is missing from this Sepang Test due to a pre-season motocross accident but the big news for tomorrow is that there will be another Australian on track. Casey Stoner tested on Saturday and put in a 2m02.1, he will be a cat amongst the pigeons on track tomorrow when he will share a circuit with the full complement of MotoGP riders for the first time since late 2012.

Sepang MotoGP Test -Day One Times – Monday, February 1, 2016
  1. Jorge Lorenzo 2m00.684 (37 laps) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  2. Valentino Rossi 2m01.717 (55 laps) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  3. Dani Pedrosa 2m01.780 (34 laps) Repsol Honda
  4. Danilo Petrucci 2m01.811 (43 laps) Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati
  5. Andrea Iannone 2m01.912 (49 laps) Ducati Team
  6. Hector Barbera 2m02.00 (59 laps) Avintia Racing Ducati
  7. Marc Marquez 2m02.27 (50 laps) Repsol Honda
  8. Scott Redding 2m02.33 (46 laps) Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati
  9. Aleix Espargaro 2m02.53 (42 laps) Team Suzuki Ecstar
  10. Cal Crutchlow 2m02.58 (42 laps) LCR Honda
  11. Maverick Vinales 2m02.64 (40 laps) Team Suzuki Ecstar
  12. Pol Espargaro 2m02.64 (42 laps) Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  13. Andrea Dovizioso 2m02.65 (40 laps) Ducati Team
  14. Yonny Hernandez 2m02.91 (44 laps) Aspar MotoGP Ducati
  15. Bradley Smith 2m03.02 (55 laps) Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  16. Michele Pirro 2m03.20 (32 laps) Ducati Team
  17. Loris Baz 2m03.20 (58 laps) Avintia Racing Ducati
  18. Tito Rabat 2m03.46 (53 laps) EG 0.0 Marc VDS Honda
  19. Eugene Laverty 2m03.56 (27 laps) Aspar MotoGP Ducati
  20. Stefan Bradl 2m03.97 (39 laps) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
  21. Alvaro Bautista 2m04.07 (34 laps) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
2016 Yamaha YZR-M1 - Jorge Lorenzo
2016 Yamaha YZR-M1 – Jorge Lorenzo