Rossi tops first day of 2nd MotoGP Pre-season test

 2015 MotoGP 2nd test Valentino Rossi day1 Sepang The second official MotoGP pre-season test has kicked off at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. All riders took to the track with temperatures registering a scorching 59 degrees during the first half of the session. By the end of day one of three, Valentino Rossi topped Dani Pedrosa and all riders on the time sheets. The late afternoon’s thunderstorm brought the session to a halt, with 30 minutes left to run.

Rossi was up for the challenge of repeating his strong ride of two weeks ago. He needed little time to get back into the swing of things and was quick to take over the top spot from his teammate at the start of the eight-hour long session. The Doctor hit the top of the leaderboard by the middle stint and remained there until the end of the session. “Everybody in our team was curious about the updated gearbox and the first impression is quite positive, so I’m happy. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but it’s a small help in a difficult point where we need to improve,” the 9-time Champion remarked. “The bike is a bit better in braking and corner entry and I think we need to work to understand the maximal potential, but the first test was good. It’s important for us to make some kilometers on the wet.”

Pedrosa and his double champion partner Marc Marquez ended the session second and sixth quickest. Pedrosa finished ahead of Yamaha Tech3’s Pol Espargarò, Suzuki’s Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo. The veteran Repsol Honda rider did important runs on mapping settings and suspension and finished his day with a run in the wets. Marquez, on the other hand, suffered a problem with brake discs that affected him for the whole session.

2015 MotoGP 2nd test Jorge Lorenzo day1 Sepang2015 MotoGP 2nd test Jorge Lorenzo in action; day1 Sepang

Lorenzo did 51 laps to find a fifth best lap time by the end of day one. The former MotoGP champion struggled to find the good setup on the slippery asphalt, but was generally pleased with his M1’s gearbox update.

2015 MotoGP 2nd test Andrea Iannone day1 Sepang2015 MotoGP 2nd test Andrea Dovizioso day1 Sepang

Exactly one week after its premiere at the Ducati Auditorium in Borgo Panigale, the new Desmosedici GP15 took to the track on the first of three days test. Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone were on hand to put their GP15s on first runs. Dovizioso lapped 17 laps on his GP15 to come up with a best time of 2:01.692 for tenth fastest, while Iannone did a total of 26 laps to record 2:02.142 for fifteenth quickest.

2015 MotoGP 2nd test Aleix Expargaro day1 Sepang

Over at the Suzuki MotoGP camp, the team continued to improve with the newly-refined GSX-RR machine. Riders Espargaro and Maverick Vinales accumulated 39 and 50 laps on the first day’s session to achieve fourth and ninth quickest. The riders worked through several new modifications on the GSX-RR that included a redesigned fairing, developed at Suzuki’s wind tunnel in Japan, and improved overall power output without affecting costs.

2015 MotoGP 2nd Pre-season Test, Sepang, fastest times

1. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.414
2. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 2:00.543
3. Pol Espargarò Yamaha Tech3 2:00.876
4. Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:01.055
5. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:01.162
6. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda 2:01.190
7. Cal Crutchlow LCR 2:01.222
8. Bradley Smith Yamaha Tech3 2:01.241
9. Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2:01.317
10. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:01.355