Rossi And Pedrosa Dead Level At End Of Sepang Test


Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa ended the final day of this week’s test with identical times as Yamaha and Honda shared the spoils at Sepang. Both dipped just under the two minute barrier to finish just ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso on a day when the Bologna team also made the headlines.

Despite Yamaha’s continued struggles on the 2014 Bridgestone tyres, Rossi was able to produce a 1:59.999 in the morning which looked set to remain the outright fastest of the test until Pedrosa drew level late on, matching Rossi’s pace on the 47th of his 50 laps today. Dovizioso was one of Sepang’s big improvers from test 1 to test 2, finding three tenths in conditions not thought to be as favourable as three weeks ago.

Aleix Espargaro has been an ever present at the top of the timesheets across both tests and the Forward Racing rider ended today in fourth place, just a tenth of a second behind the co-leaders, while Stefan Bradl joined the congested group at the front with a 2:00.164 good enough for fifth.

Alvaro Bautista was half a second off the pace on sixth with Jorge Lorenzo’s miserable winter continuing in seventh. The two-time world champion has been vocal in his criticism of the new Bridgestone rubber for this season and has consistently been outpaced by teammate Valentino Rossi. Lorenzo was only just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the second Ducati with satellite Yamaha riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro also hot on the heels of their factory colleague in ninth and tenth.

 

MOTOGP OFFICIAL TEST – SEPANG (FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY)
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 1:59.999
2  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:59.999
3  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:00.067
4  ALEIX ESPARGARO FORWARD YAMAHA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:00.101
5  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:00.164
6  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:00.506
7  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:00.619
8  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:00.790
9  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:00.804
10  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:01.032
11  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 2:01.198
12  RANDY DE PUNIET SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:01.430
13  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:01.497
14  COLIN EDWARDS FORWARD YAHAMA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:01.748
15  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:01.924
16  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEST TEAM 2:02.029
17  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.070
18  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:02.228
19  HECTOR BARBERA FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:02.341
20  KATSUYUKI NAKASUGA YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY TEST TEAM 2:03.115
21  MIKE DI MEGLIO FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:03.499
22  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:04.304
23  NOBUATSU AOKI SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:06.482