Lorenzo Leads After Day One In Malaysia

Jorge Lorenzo - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com
Jorge Lorenzo - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com


Jorge Lorenzo set the pace on Tuesday in Malaysia as the MotoGP teams kicked off the first official test of 2012. At such an early stage, it's dangerous to read too much into the quickest times but the Spaniard will surely have been encouraged to be within two tenths of last year's pole position time on his 1000cc Yamaha.

Dani Pedrosa was the nearest competition in second for Repsol Honda while two more YZR-M1s completed the top four in the shape of Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies on the second factory bike.

Ducati fans will have been nervously waiting to see where Valentino Rossi placed on the opening day and the initial signs were positive. This time last year, the Italian was the thick end of two seconds away from the pacesetters but the gap was only 0.735s this time, and his 2:02.392 was faster than he went at any stage at this track during October's GP weekend.

Hector Barbera took his Pramac Racing GP12 to seventh place, just behind Andrea Dovizioso while Alvaro Bautista ended up ninth after his first day on the Honda RC213V. The fit-again Nicky Hayden was tenth quickest ahead of Moto2 champion Stefan Bradl and Cardion Ducati's Karel Abraham but Casey Stoner was only 14th after an injured muscle whilst warming up restricted him to four laps.

Unsurprisingly, the three 'CRT' runners brought up the rear as they continued preparations for their debut MotoGP seasons. Forward Racing were the quickest thanks to Colin Edwards, albeit six seconds down on Lorenzo, while Jordi Torres and Ivan Silva were even further back on Avintia Racing's BQR-FTR machine.


MotoGP Testing – Malaysia (Day One Result)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Lap Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.657
2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:02.003
3 Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.221
4 Ben Spies USA Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.234
5 Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Ducati Team 2:02.392
6 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.751
7 Hector Barbera SPA Ducati Pramac Racing Team 2:02.773
8 Katsuyuki Nakasuga JAP Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.829
9 Alvaro Bautista SPA Honda San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:02.869
10 Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Ducati Team 2:03.151
11 Stefan Bradl GER Honda LCR Honda 2:03.668
12 Karel Abraham CZE Ducati Cardion AB Motoracing 2:03.781
13 Franco Battaini ITA Ducati Ducati Team 2:04.986
14 Casey Stoner AUS Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:07.163
15 Colin Edwards (CRT) USA Suter-BMW NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:08.240
16 Jordi Torres (CRT) SPA BQR-FTR Avintia Racing 2:10.671
17 Ivan Silva (CRT) SPA BQR-FTR Avintia Racing 2:11.267