Jorge Lorenzo ended the Sepang pre-season test just as he had started it, topping the timesheets by one second on the final day of running. The world champion was the only rider this week to dip below the two minute barrier with Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi the nearest challenger to him once again.
Overnight rain left several damp patches around the circuit and it wasn’t until midday that a rider ventured out. Once conditions were suitable for representative running, Lorenzo resumed his domination of the week with a 2:00.016, half a second quicker than second placed Rossi. His place at the top of the leaderboard was already assured, but a 1:59.580 in the final hour left an exclamation point at the end of a sensational week for the Spaniard.
Rossi’s morning effort remained good enough for second ahead of Marc Marquez who continued to experiment with different configurations of his Honda RC213V. Cal Crutchlow grabbed fourth late on with Casey Stoner providing proof, as if it were needed, that the 2007 and 2011 champion had lost none of his speed since retiring, taking his Ducati to fifth.
Dani Pedrosa set his best lap time of the week to claim sixth ahead of Tuesday pacesetter Danilo Petrucci whose progress was halted by an engine change. Andrea Iannone was the quickest of Ducati’s factory racers in eighth ahead of Scott Redding while Maverick Vinales rounded out the top ten on his Suzuki.
MotoGP Official Test – Sepang (Day Three Result)
|Pos||Rider||Constructor||Team||Best Time (Gap)|
|1||99. Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:59.580|
|2||46. Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||2:00.556 (+0.976)|
|3||93. Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||2:00.883 (+1.303)|
|4||35. Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||LCR Honda||2:00.992 (+1.412)|
|5||27. Casey STONER||Ducati||Ducati Team||2:01.070 (+1.490)|
|6||26. Dani PEDROSA||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||2:01.161 (+1.581)|
|7||9. Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||2:01.217 (+1.637)|
|8||29. Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||Ducati Team||2:01.223 (+1.643)|
|9||45. Scott REDDING||Ducati||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||2:01.229 (+1.649)|
|10||25. Maverick VINALES||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||2:01.244 (+1.664)|
|11||8. Hector BARBERA||Ducati||Avintia Racing||2:01.434 (+1.854)|
|12||41. Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||2:01.623 (+2.043)|
|13||4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||Ducati Team||2:01.675 (+2.095)|
|14||68. Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||Aspar MotoGP Team||2:01.774 (+2.194)|
|15||44. Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||2:01.870 (+2.290)|
|16||38. Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||2:01.918 (+2.338)|
|17||76. Loris BAZ||Ducati||Avintia Racing||2:02.541 (+2.961)|
|18||6. Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||2:02.792 (+3.212)|
|19||21. Katsuyuki NAKASUGA||Yamaha||Yamaha Test Team||2:02.940 (+3.360)|
|20||53. Tito RABAT||Honda||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||2:03.012 (+3.432)|
|21||19. Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||2:03.183 (+3.603)|
|22||50. Eugene LAVERTY||Ducati||Aspar MotoGP Team||2:03.519 (+3.939)|