Petrucci takes top spot of an interrupted MotoGP Pre-season test session

2016 MotoGP pre-season test Danilo Petrucci Following a 1-2 finish on the opening day of the first official MotoGP Pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit, Yamaha MotoGP riders completed the second day in positions second and sixth. Championship rival Marc Marquez finished the session fourth overall, ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Rossi. Danilo Petrucci led all riders with a time of 2:00.095.

Lorenzo and Rossi were able to better their lap times, relative to the first day’s session. The Reigning Champion once again set the pace early in the session, taking over the top spot in the provisional rankings on his third lap. Despite not feeling a hundred per cent fit, he kept a strong pace going and even a small crash in turn five, which left him unhurt, could not slow him down. Lorenzo was able to make big strides as his team tried to find the right combination for the 2016 YZR-M1, the new electronics and tyres. He concluded the day securing second place with a best lap of 2:00.155, just 0.060s off the day‘s best time.

Rossi had a positive second day at the Malaysian test. As the session was red flagged for the majority of the morning following a crash, the Doctor was fully committed to making up for lost time. When he returned to the track he made a good step with his set-up and consistently improved his times, dropping under his best lap from yesterday by almost 0.7s. He spent the afternoon testing various tyre options and completed a total of 54 laps, setting a personal best of 2‘01.021s for sixth place.

Both Ducati riders had one of the new 2016 Desmosedici GP bikes available together with one of last year’s racers. They used exclusively the 2016 version and they were accompanied in this development phase by the two-time MotoGP champion, Casey Stoner, who focused on vehicle and electronics set-up work on the Desmosedici GP15 of the Test team. Following the session delay, the Ducati riders riders returned to the track to complete the rest of their work load, which included testing the front tyres and further refinements to the electronics set-up.

Marquez and his compatriot ended up fourth and twelfth on their RC213V machines, after a interrupted session on day two, The duo continued to work on the new engine spec, the Magneti Marelli software and overall bike setup.

Suzuki MotoGP spent the second day of testing evaluating several new parts and settings. Both Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales focused mainly on supporting engineers to better set up the new electronics, while late in the afternoon introduced the brand new 2016 GSX-RR, equipped with the new chassis. Both riders reported constant improvements and appeared satisfied with the new material introduced by the factory. Viñales, who finished the day in 11th with a time of 2:01.421, had the opportunity to test with the new soft tyre, while Espargaro (16th with 2:02.092) couldn’t due to a problem on the track to another rider that forced him to lap only with a hard tyre.

Today, the riders prepare to complete the final day of MotoGP’s first official pre-season test.

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2016 MotoGP Pre-season Test, day two, Sepang

1. D. PETRUCCI PRAMAC 2:00.095
3. H. BARBERA AVINTIA 2:00.387
5. C. CRUTCHLOW HONDA 2:00.899
6. V. ROSSI YAMAHA 2:01.021
7. S. REDDING PRAMAC 2:01.049
8. A. IANNONE DUCATI 2:01.052
9. C. STONER DUCATI 2:01.103
10. B. SMITH YAMAHA TECH3 2:01.107