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February 23rd, 2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 4:15pm Times: Rossi Leads, GP15 Debuts In Sweltering Heat

The second test at Sepang has gotten underway in sweltering conditions, the heat much greater than at the first test two weeks ago, making the track greasier and times slower. The heat has limited action, with times set during the morning, and riders taking a long break for lunch. Valentino Rossi is currently fastest, the Movistar Yamaha man leading the Repsol Honda of Dani Pedrosa by just over a tenth of a second. In third is Aleix Espargaro, the Suzuki man very quick out of the gate on the bike.

The plan for Ducati changed at the last minute, meaning that the Ducati riders took the GP15 out today, instead of waiting until Tuesday, as was the original plan. Andrea Dovizioso's fourth quickest time was set on the GP14.3, however, the bike Ducati brought to the Sepang 1 test, while Iannone has been doing runs on the GP15, his quickest time set on the new bike.

Times at 4:15pm:

February 22nd

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Preview: Seamless Gearboxes, Brand New Ducatis And Fast French Rubber

The engineers have had two weeks to pore over the data from the first MotoGP test at Sepang, identify problems, analyze strengths, and find more ways to go faster. Their analyses have been translated into designs, into new parts, into yet more software, ready to put their theories into practice. On Monday morning, at 10am Malaysian time, the MotoGP riders get to try out all of the new parts and ideas thought up by their factories and teams in search of a few more fractions of a second.

The eyes of the world will not be on what the engineers did between Sepang 1 and Sepang 2, however. Attention will be focused on Yamaha and Ducati, who will be testing hardware which has been a long time coming. Yamaha is bringing its fully seamless gearbox to the Sepang 2 test, and Ducati will roll out its Desmosedici GP15 for the first time. Both could make a significant impact.

In the short term, Yamaha's seamless gearbox is likely to be the most important development. It has not been officially confirmed that Yamaha will be bringing the full seamless gearbox (seamless in both upshifts and downshifts). Officially, people wearing Yamaha shirts will tell you that nothing has been decided yet, but well-informed gossip says that the seamless gearbox will be there, for both Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Yamaha's test riders have been using it for several months now, Colin Edwards having tested it extensively at the end of last year.

Andrew Gosling Shoots WSBK Round 1 - 2015 Phillip Island Race Day Photos


The WSBK season opener produced some epic battles. Haslam, Rea and Davies gave the fans their money's worth


Lorenzo Zanetti's switch to MV Agusta saw him podium at the first attempt


Michael van der Mark. Made his mark on World Superbikes alright

2015 World Superbike Championship Standings After Round 1, Phillip Island, Australia

Championship standings for round 1, 2015

2015 World Supersport Championship Standings After Round 1, Phillip Island, Australia

Championship standings for round 1, 2015

2015 Phillip Island WSBK Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the thrilling opening races at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
1
Year: 
2015

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike Race Two Results: Rain Threatens But Stays Away

Rain was showing south of the track, but luckily it didn't get close to the track and left the riders to get on with twenty two more laps of close racing.

2015 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results: Clouds Save Tyres

Eighteen uninterrupted laps under light cloud cover offering excellent conditions for racing.

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike Race One Results: A Welcome Back To Close Racing

With a high track temperature, managing tyre life was assumed to be the way to win the race, offering a potentially pedestrian race. Luckily, the tyres performed perfectly well and we got an exciting, close race instead.

February 21st

2015 Phillip Island WSBK Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the World Supersport and World Superbike teams after qualifying at Phillip Island:

Round Number: 
1
Year: 
2015

2015 Phillip Island World Supersport Qualifying Results: Delayed Session Start

After incidents in World Superbike qualifying, the start to qualifying was pushed back an hour.

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Results: Red Flags Abound

With no Evo class for 2015, an easily predicted division between Superpoles one and two isn't as clear-cut as it was last year. The weather was warm and clear and the track was hot, but red flags affected both sessions.

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP4 Results: Van der Mark Tops Untimed Session

In the untimed session before Superpole, Michael van der Mark was quicker than Tom Sykes by a hundredth of a second. Leon Haslam was not far behind and Alex Lowes was within two tenths of van der Mark.

Results:

2015 Phillip Island World Supersport FP3 Results: Cluzel Keeps The Hammer Down

Jules Cluzel was one thousandth of a second slower than his best time from yesterday but was still quickest ahead of Kyle Smith who was unable to beat Kenan Sofuoglu's best Friday lap.

Gino Rea continues to perform well in his return to the series with the third fastest lap, quicker than Lorenzo Zanetti and Kenan Sofuoglu.

Results:

2015 Phillip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Haslam and Torres Continue To Lead

Leon Haslam was the quicker of the two Aprilias with Jordi Torres settling for second-best. Jonathan Rea was third quickest, but his time didn't yesterday's fastest from Alex Lowes.

Troy Bayliss continues to keep his promise of taking it easy in free practice with the sixteenth quickest time today, seventeenth overall, improving his time each session so far. Gábor Rizmayer did not take part in this session as yesterday's crash ruled him out for the weekend.

Results:

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