Lorenzo tops rain-hit final day of Sepang MotoGP test

Jorge Lorenzo topped the timesheets on a rain-affected third and final day of MotoGP's first official pre-season test at Sepang, leading Yamaha teammate by Valentino Rossi by almost a second.

Reigning champion Lorenzo continued the ominous form he showed on the first two days, after topping the opening day by over a second and narrowly losing out to Danilo Petrucci on Tuesday.

He became the first and only rider in the entire test to dip beneath the 2m00s mark when he set a 1m59.966s early in the final hour, after the track had dried following a rain shower.

Lorenzo then proceeded to shave a further four tenths of that time to end the test with a best lap of 1m59.595s - just over half a second off Dani Pedrosa's pole position time from last October's Malaysian Grand Prix, which was set using Bridgestone tyres and in-house electronics.

Rossi was the only man to get within a second of Lorenzo, setting a best effort of 2m00.556s prior to the rain but falling 0.976s behind the Spaniard after his late improvements.

Marc Marquez was once again the fastest of the Repsol Honda riders in third place, 1.303s off the pace, narrowly ahead of LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, both men making last-minute improvements.

That demoted two-time champion Casey Stoner - back on the Ducati GP15 for a second day in succession - to fifth place, 1.490s off the pace, ahead of Pedrosa's Honda in sixth.

Ducati trio Petrucci, Andrea Iannone and Scott Redding, as well as Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales, completed the top 10, with Avintia Ducati rider Hector Barbera the only other man within two seconds of Lorenzo.

After sitting out Tuesday having injured his wrist in a crash on Monday, Aspar Ducati's Eugene Laverty returned to action on Wednesday, propping up the timesheets in 22nd place.

Testing continues later this month at Phillip Island on February 17-19, but Ducati has confirmed that Stoner will not ride at his home venue.

Full testing times:

Pos.RiderTeamTimeGapLaps
1  Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:59.580   36
2  Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.556 0.976 38
3  Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.883 1.303 45
4  Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:00.992 1.412 42
5  Casey Stoner Ducati Team 2:01.070 1.490 30
6  Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:01.161 1.581 48
7  Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Yakhnich 2:01.217 1.637 18
8  Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 2:01.223 1.643 38
9  Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 2:01.229 1.649 42
10  Maverick Vinales Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:01.244 1.664 51
11  Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 2:01.434 1.854 30
12  Aleix Espargaro Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:01.623 2.043 44
13  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:01.675 2.095 34
14  Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 2:01.774 2.194 40
15  Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.870 2.290 44
16  Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.918 2.338 65
17  Loris Baz Avintia Racing 2:02.541 2.961 33
18  Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:02.792 3.212 44
19  Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Test Team 2:02.940 3.360 27
20  Tito Rabat EG 0.0 Marc VDS 2:03.012 3.432 57
21  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:03.183 3.603 46
22  Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 2:03.519 3.939 25

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Series MotoGP
Event Sepang February testing
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Marc Marquez
Article type Testing report