Marquez sets quickest ever lap at Sepang to top first official test

Dani Pedrosa was second quickest in Malaysia.

Current World Champion Marc Marquez emphatically underlined his title credentials for the upcoming season by setting a scorching time of 1'58.867 at the first MotoGP™ group test of 2015 at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit.

In cool conditions on the morning of the final day, Repsol Honda’s Marquez was the first ever rider to lap the Sepang circuit in the 1’58 bracket to ultimately set a time 0.139 seconds quicker than his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was second quickest in Malaysia. Third quickest overall was Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, with the Italian rider relishing his graduation to the factory Ducati team with lap time of 1’59.388, over 1.3 seconds quicker than his best time in last year’s opening group test.

Thirty riders

Including a total of five test riders from Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha – took part in the first group test of 2015, completing a total of 4429 laps (24,550 kilometres) on Bridgestone tyres. The gap in lap time from the quickest to slowest rider at the first Sepang test was 7.323 seconds.

Fine and dry conditions presented themselves during the three days of the test, with a peak track temperature of 53°C recorded on the afternoon of the second day. Track conditions were usual for Sepang, with only moderate grip levels and certain sections of the circuit being quite bumpy, but the combination of fine weather, the latest MotoGP machinery and Bridgestone’s 2015 specification tyres resulted in the test being run at record pace. The slightly cooler conditions on the morning of the final day allowed the riders to extract maximum performance from their tyres, with the top seven riders on the timesheets able to set times in the 1’59 bracket.

All front and rear slick compound choices were utilised by riders over the three days and Bridgestone will now analyse the data acquired to incorporate into their tyre development programme for the 2015 season. Bridgestone will be back in Sepang for the second MotoGP™ official test which will take place from February 23-25.

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department: “This was a successful first group test and I am happy with the feedback we received from the riders on our 2015 specification tyres. Our technical objectives for this test were to give the riders some newly developed tyres based on our learnings from last year, while also ensuring that we provided a softer rear tyre allocation to cope with the increased performance of the current Open-class machines. I am happy to say that we achieved all our objectives, and despite track conditions not being ideal, the pace set over the three days was very impressive. We now look forward to continuing our good work at Sepang in a few weeks’ time.”

Sepang I MotoGP™ Group Test – combined lap times

Pos
Rider
Team
Fastest lap
Gap
Total laps
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1'58.867
 
181
2
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1'59.006
0.139
138
3
Andrea IANNONE
Ducati Team
1'59.388
0.521
160
4
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1'59.401
0.534
169
5
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
1'59.624
0.757
166
6
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1'59.851
0.984
162
7
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1'59.874
1.007
128
8
Stefan BRADL
Forward Racing Team
2'00.294
1.427
156
9
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2'00.384
1.517
153
10
Aleix ESPARGARO
Team Suzuki MotoGP
2'00.486
1.619
137
11
Cal CRUTCHLOW
CWM LCR Honda
2'00.536
1.669
190
12
Maverick VIÑALES
Team Suzuki MotoGP
2'00.964
2.097
176
13
Danilo PETRUCCI
Pramac Racing
2'00.970
2.103
153
14
Hiroshi AOYAMA
HRC
2'01.029
2.162
176
15
Hector BARBERA
Avintia Racing
2'01.183
2.316
154
16
Michele PIRRO
Pramac Racing
2'01.232
2.365
150
17
Scott REDDING
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
2'01.263
2.396
182
18
Nicky HAYDEN
Drive M7 Aspar
2'01.508
2.641
144
19
Loris BAZ
Forward Racing Team
2'01.624
2.757
156
20
Jack MILLER
CWM LCR Honda
2'01.895
3.028
166
21
Alvaro  BAUTISTA
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
2'01.924
3.057
157
22
Mike DI MEGLIO
Avintia Racing
2'02.128
3.261
149
23
Karel  ABRAHAM
AB Motoracing
2'02.297
3.43
140
24
Eugene  LAVERTY
Drive M7 Aspar
2'02.334
3.467
149
25
Katsuyuki NAKASUGA
Yamaha Factory Test Team
2'02.363
3.496
109
26
Takumi  TAKAHASHI
HRC
2'03.113
4.246
201
27
Alex DE ANGELIS
Octo Ioda Racing Team
2'03.399
4.532
125
28
Marco MELANDRI
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
2'03.641
4.774
156
29
Takuya TSUDA
Team Suzuki MotoGP
2'05.478
6.611
18
30
Michael LAVERTY
Aprilia Test Team
2'06.190
7.323
28

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Series MotoGP
Event Sepang February testing
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone
Article type Testing report
Tags ducati, honda