Rossi leads opening day of MotoGP testing at Sepang

Seven-time MotoGP champion sets the bar on first day of second Sepang test.

Valentino Rossi got his testing schedule started in the best way possible at Sepang with the quickest time of the day on his Yamaha. 

Rossi's best lap of 2:00.414 was more than enough to end the day on top, with the Italian believed to be running the full seamless gearbox in his Yamaha YZR-M1.

Pedrosa was not too far off the leader, with a best lap of 2m 0.543s on the RC213V that HRC engineers are working hard on to improve edge grip and acceleration out of corners.

The Yamaha Tech 3 team will be very upbeat today, with Espargaro impressing with a best lap of 2:00.876, but the surprise of the day was the Suzuki and factory rider Aleix Espargaro, who leaped into fourth place with a best lap of 2m 1.055s ahead of double MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo on the second of the Yamaha's.

Marc Marquez was somewhat off the pace today, the reigning MotoGP champion finishing day one in sixth place and just ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, the British rider setting a best lap of 2:01.222 while fellow countryman Bradley Smith was next along for the Yamaha Tech 2 squad with a best time of 2:01.241.

Suzuki will also be very happy that Maverick Vinales finished in ninth, with Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso rounding out the top ten.

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.414   54
2 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:00.543 +0.129 52
3 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2:00.876 +0.462 45
4 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:01.055 +0.641 39
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:01.162 +0.748 51
6 Marc Marquez Honda 2:01.190 +0.776 43
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2:01.222 +0.808 43
8 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2:01.241 +0.827 51
9 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2:01.317 +0.903 50
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:01.355 +0.941 23
11 Scott Redding Honda 2:01.592 +1.178 52
12 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.740 +1.326 51
13 Hector Barbera Ducati 2:01.926 +1.512 39
14 Nicky Hayden Honda 2:02.062 +1.648 41
15 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2:02.142 +1.728 30
16 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2:02.225 +1.811 35
17 Karel Abraham Honda 2:02.394 +1.980 28
18 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 2:02.410 +1.996 42
19 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2:02.606 +2.192 29
20 Eugene Laverty Honda 2:02.730 +2.316 45
21 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2:02.941 +2.527 33
22 Jack Miller Honda 2:03.006 +2.592 35
23 Michele Pirro Ducati 2:03.105 +2.691 35
24 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2:03.316 +2.902 37
25 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:03.337 +2.923 43
26 Alex De Angelis Art 2:03.966 +3.552 45
27 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.000 +3.586 42

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Series MotoGP
Event Sepang February testing II
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Eugene Laverty , Marco Melandri , Hector Barbera , Alvaro Bautista , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Cal Crutchlow , Michele Pirro , Aleix Alcaraz , Stefan Bradl , Scott Redding , Aleix Espargaro , Dani Pedrosa , Karel Abraham , Marc Marquez , Katsuyuki Nakasuga , Yonny Hernandez , Danilo Petrucci , Loris Baz , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone , Jack Miller , Maverick Viñales
Article type Testing report
Tags ducati, movistar yamaha, repsol honda, sepang, team suzuki motogp, tech 3