Lorenzo Takes Over On Day Two At Sepang


Jorge Lorenzo put Yamaha on top of the testing timesheets for the first time this year with his quickest lap of the winter at Sepang. The reigning world champion finally knocked Dani Pedrosa off the top with a stunning 2:00.282s lap, almost four tenths quicker than his fellow countryman.

Lorenzo was the man to beat right from the start on Wednesday, taking advantage of the improved conditions from day one, and broke straight into the 2:00s bracket on his second flying lap on the morning. The quickest time overall came shortly before lunch but Lorenzo’s consistency was particularly impressive, pumping in seventeen other laps inside 2:01 before the chequered flag came out.

By contrast, Pedrosa could only achieve that on four occasions, including his quickest lap of 2:00.651, but the Repsol Honda rider was unworried as he experimented with different suspension settings. Cal Crutchlow produced a superb lap on the Tech 3 Yamaha late in the morning to take third, edging out Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi by a tenth of a second.

After his impressive showing on day one, Stefan Bradl slipped to seventh behind Alvaro Bautista while the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso remained eighth and ninth, although the teammates had swapped places from the previous day. Bradley Smith completed the top ten, putting his Tuesday spill behind him, with fellow Moto2 graduate Andrea Iannone moving Pramac Ducati ahead of the Aspar CRTs with his best lap of the winter. Ben Spies endured a day to forget on the sister GP13 with a crash at turn one before further pain in his shoulder brought his afternoon to an early finish.

After delays on day one, Paul Bird Motorsport gave their home-built chassis its debut outing in the hands of Michael Laverty. The Northern Irishman was the slowest rider overall but with only nineteen laps completed, more is surely to come in tomorrow’s final day.

 

Official MotoGP Test – Sepang (Wednesday 27th February)
Pos Rider Nat Team Best Time Laps  
1 99. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.282 58 Report
2 26. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:00.651 55 Report
3 35. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.907 59 Report
4 93. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.992 64 Report
5 46. Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.065 63 Report
6 19. Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:01.208 58
7 6. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.485 54 Report
8 69. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:01.778 69 Report
9 04. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:01.803 49 Report
10 38. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.023 63 Report
11 29. Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:02.608 47
12 41. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:02.905 45
13 51. Michele Pirro Ducati Test Team 2:02.920 60
14 T2. Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.946 43
15 T1. Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory Racing 2:03.354 40
16 8. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:03.428 55
17 11. Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing 2:03.460 36
18 7. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:03.518 57
19 14. Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.990 57
20 9. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:04.279 50
21 17. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:04.350 68
22 37. Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:04.512 77
23 5. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:04.656 44
24 68. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:04.671 58
25 71. Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:04.709 29
26 67. Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:05.439 44
27 52. Lukas Pesek Came Ioda Racing Project 2:06.206 45
28 33. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 2:07.721 19