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Bagnaia still at "65 percent" despite "incredible" Sepang lap

Pramac Ducati rookie Francesco Bagnaia says he's still only “65 percent” of the way to feeling like a fully-fledged MotoGP rider despite his “incredible” laptime in the Sepang test.

Espargaro hails “unbelievable” KTM race pace gains

The KTM MotoGP outfit has made an “unbelievable” gain of more than half a second in terms of race pace compared to last season, believes Pol Espargaro.

What we learned from Sepang MotoGP testing

After an intriguing three days of testing in Sepang last week,'s MotoGP Editor Oriol Puigdemont offers his assessment of who's looking in best shape for the 2019 season right now.

Espargaro: Aprilia has bike it should have had in 2018

Aleix Espargaro says he feels Aprilia's 2019-spec MotoGP bike is what last year's model should have been after an encouraging Sepang pre-season test.

Honda's front end still "critical", says Marquez

Honda's 2019 MotoGP bike is still susceptible to front-end crashes despite the manufacturer's effort to improve this aspect, believes Marc Marquez.

Crutchlow "couldn't have asked" for better MotoGP return

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow says he is pleased with his return to riding in the MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang following a three-month injury break.

Dovizioso warns Ducati domination not representative

Andrea Dovizioso says Ducati's sweep of the top four positions on the final day of the Sepang MotoGP test is not an accurate reflection of the Italian marque's current strength.

Rossi: Yamaha no longer "lost" like in 2017-18

Valentino Rossi believes the Yamaha MotoGP team is no longer “lost” after completing the first pre-season test of 2019 at Sepang.

Petrucci leads Ducati 1-2-3-4 as Sepang test concludes

Danilo Petrucci smashed the unofficial MotoGP Sepang lap record on the final day of the pre-season test at the Malaysian venue, as he led an all-Ducati top four.

Ducati teammates cooperating like "never" before

Danilo Petrucci has praised his collaboration with Ducati MotoGP teammate Andrea Dovizioso during pre-season testing at Sepang, saying their partnership is like nothing he's experienced.

Rossi concedes Vinales laptime was "unattainable"

Valentino Rossi admits Yamaha MotoGP teammate Maverick Vinales' session-topping laptime on the second day of 2019 pre-season testing was "unattainable" for him.

Rins boosted by "incredible" Suzuki pace on used tyres

Alex Rins has taken encouragement from Suzuki's “incredible” pace on used tyres so far during the Sepang MotoGP pre-season test.

Marquez now targeting full recovery for Argentina race

Marc Marquez has conceded he is unlikely to be completely fit for the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP season in Qatar, instead targeting a full recovery for the second round of the campaign in Argentina.

Vinales goes 0.5s clear on second day of Sepang test

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales beat Suzuki's Alex Rins late on to top the second day of 2019 pre-season testing at Sepang.

Gallery: The best images from Sepang MotoGP testing

Check out the best images from the opening day of 2019 MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang.

Yamaha 2019 engine spec "more or less decided"

Yamaha's choice of engine specification for the 2019 MotoGP season has been "more or less decided" already, Valentino Rossi has said after the first day of pre-season testing at Sepang.

Marquez: Long runs with injury remain "impossible"

While Marc Marquez topped the opening day of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang despite still recovering from surgery, the reigning champion admits he can't keep his pace up for more than a few laps.

Zarco: "Huge" KTM changes won't be ready for Qatar

Johann Zarco admits the "huge" changes he wants to see on his KTM MotoGP bike are unlikely to be ready in time for the first round of the 2019 season in Qatar.

Injured Marquez tops first day of pre-season testing

Honda's reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez set the pace on the first day of 2019 pre-season testing at Sepang despite not being fully fit.