Lorenzo dominates opening day of Sepang MotoGP test

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening day of MotoGP's pre-season test at Sepang, going over a second clear of Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.

Riding the recently unveiled 2016 YZR-M1, Lorenzo surged to top of the timesheets late in the fourth hour, becoming the first man to dip into the 2m01s with a 2m00.863s.

That put the Spaniard nearly a second clear of the previous established benchmark of Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci, before Lorenzo knocked off a further two tenths early in the final hour to set the best time of the day, a 2m00.684s - less than a tenth off his fastest race lap from last October's Grand Prix.

Rossi made it a factory Yamaha one-two in the final hour, jumping from seventh to second with a 2m01.717s, but this still left him 1.033s adrift of Lorenzo before a rain shower with 20 minutes left on the clock effectively ended the session.

Dani Pedrosa was the best of the Hondas in third, 1.096s behind compatriot Lorenzo, fractionally ahead of Petrucci and Andrea Iannone on the quickest of the factory Ducatis.

Hector Barbera made a late jump up to sixth aboard the Avintia Ducati, ahead of Marc Marquez on the second Repsol Honda. The two-time champion ended the opening day half a second slower than teammate Pedrosa.

Scott Redding on the second Pramac bike, Aleix Espargaro on the works Suzuki - now equipped with a seamless gearbox - and Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda rounded out the top 10.

There was a brief interruption late in the session as Aspar Ducati's Eugene Laverty crashed at Turn 4 due to a stuck throttle, bringing out the red flags. The Irishman was feared to have fractured right his hand, but subsequent examination revealed only tissue and ligament damage.

Ducati has also announced that Casey Stoner, who turned his first laps with the Italian manufacturer since 2010 on Saturday, will join the test on Tuesday alongside Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

Full testing times:

1  Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.684   37
2  Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:01.717 1.033 55
3  Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:01.780 1.096 34
4  Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich 2:01.811 1.127 43
5  Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 2:01.912 1.228 49
6  Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 2:02.002 1.318 59
7  Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:02.278 1.594 50
8  Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 2:02.338 1.654 46
9  Aleix Espargaro Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:02.539 1.855 42
10  Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:02.586 1.902 42
11  Maverick Vinales Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:02.645 1.961 40
12  Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.646 1.962 42
13  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:02.650 1.966 40
14  Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 2:02.916 2.232 44
15  Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.026 2.342 55
16  Michele Pirro Ducati Team 2:03.203 2.519 32
17  Loris Baz Avintia Racing 2:03.204 2.520 58
18  Tito Rabat EG 0.0 Marc VDS 2:03.463 2.779 53
19  Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 2:03.565 2.881 27
20  Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:03.978 3.294 39
21  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:04.075 3.391 34
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Series MotoGP
Event Sepang February testing
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez , Danilo Petrucci , Andrea Iannone
Article type Testing report