Lorenzo a Second Clear on Day One at Sepang

Jorge Lorenzo sent out an ominous warning to his MotoGP rivals by dominating the opening test day of 2016, outpacing the field by over a second at Sepang. The world champion led a Movistar Yamaha 1-2 with teammate and 2015 runner-up Valentino Rossi second fastest while Dani Pedrosa, winner of the Malaysian Grand Prix here in October, was third.

Lorenzo set a blistering pace despite suffering from a sore throat and lack of sleep and clocked several laps which would have seen him top the timesheets. The illness restricted the Spaniard to 34 laps (only four riders completed fewer) but Rossi was powerless to match his pace, despite completing 55 on the sister Yamaha YZR-M1.

The first of two Sepang tests looks set to be an experimental week for Repsol Honda as they aim to refine their 2016 engine after issues that dogged their 2015 machine. Pedrosa took his RC213V to third, 1.096s off the pace but less than a tenth shy of Rossi, while Marc Marquez languished down in seventh behind a trio of Ducatis.

Danilo Petrucci was the quickest of them in fourth, a tenth faster than Andrea Iannone while Hector Barbera grabbed sixth, backing up the theory that last year’s open class Ducati riders may have an early advantage having raced the spec ECU throughout 2015. Scott Redding emphasised the strength of the Ducatis in eighth, edging out Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow.


MotoGP Official Test – Sepang (Day One Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:00.684
246. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:01.717
326. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team2:01.780
49. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich2:01.811
529. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team2:01.912
68. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing2:02.002
793. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team2:02.278
845. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich2:02.338
941. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:02.539
1035. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda2:02.586
1125. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:02.645
1244. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:02.646
134. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team2:02.650
1468. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team2:02.916
1538. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.026
1651. Michele PIRRODucatiDucati Team2:03.203
1776. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing2:03.204
1853. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:03.463
1950. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team2:03.565
206. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:03.978
2119. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:04.075