MotoGP pre-season testing resumes with many improvements in lap times
Alvaro Bautista walked away from the first of three days of the second MotoGP pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit with the GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider topping the timing sheets ahead of open class NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider Aleix Espargaro and his brother Pol placed third for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 squad.
With testing finishing up around 6pm local time the riders had busy first day under the Malaysian sunshine and without reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez, who is recovering from a broken right leg sustained in a motocross training accident, there was a number of surprises on the timing sheets on day one.
There was also good news for the Ducati Team with Andrea Dovizioso taking fourth spot with a lap of 2m 01.029s who finished ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo (2m 01.158s), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) with a best time of 2m 01.160s and Valentino Rossi on the second of the Yamaha Factory Racing machines with the seven time MotoGP Champion setting a best time of 2m 01.349s for 7th place.
Stefan Bradl sits in eight place after day one with the LCR Honda man setting a best time of 2m 01.491s with Bradley Smith close behind on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine with 2m 01.644s lap while Nicky Hayden performed much better on his Open Class Drive M7 Aspar Honda with the 2006 MotoGP Champion in 10th place with a best time of 2m 02.227s.
Cal Crutchlow ended his first day with a 11th placed lap of 2m 02.319s and Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone was very close to the factory machine with the Italian setting a best time of 2m 02.334s. Hiroshi Aoyama set the 13th fastest time on the second Drive M7 Aspar machine with a best lap of 2m 02.709s while Colin Edwards finished in 15th today on the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Yamaha with a best time of 2m 02.743s.
Michele Pirro was back on track today in his testing role for the Ducati Team and the Italian rider set a best lap of 2m 03.991s with Yamaha Test Rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga close behind on a 2m 04.165s lap. Mike Di Meglio set a best lap of 2m 04.885s ahead of Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham (2m 05.638s) and the second Team Suzuki MotoGP machine in the hands of Nobuatsu Aoki who set a best time of 2m 07.302s.