MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 vs Sepang 2 Test Comparison: Barbera, Crutchlow And Open Hondas Show Most Improvement

While the focus of most testing is on the rider who goes fastest - that, after all, is the point of motorcycle racing - only looking at the best times does not tell the full story. If the aim of testing is to improve, then measuring improvement can reveal the shift in power, and give hints of the shape of things to come.

Comparing times between the Sepang 1 and Sepang 2 tests show Hector Barbera as the man who has got the most out of the two tests. The Avintia Ducati rider has already shown solid pace, ending the test as 8th overall on the Open Class GP14, and ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati GP15. Barbera is clearly highly motivated, and with a much more competitive bike, capable of some interesting results. After the two Sepang tests, he has staked his claim as the favorite to win the Open class in 2015, if he can translate his one-lap pace into the race.

Not far behind Barbera is Cal Crutchlow, the LCR Honda rider making solid progress in the second Sepang test, after struggling with the Honda RC213V at the first. Crutchlow ended the Sepang 2 test as 3rd overall, a big step forward after the first test, where he ended in 11th spot. Crutchlow took 0.878s off his fastest lap here two weeks ago, despite having brake problems on the final day. Combining times from both tests, Crutchlow finishes in 6th, behind the Fearsome Foursome of Marquez, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi, and the blistering lap set by Andrea Iannone on the Ducati GP14.3 at Sepang 1.

The Open class Hondas made good progress too. Nicky Hayden took nearly seven tenths off his best time, and Karel Abraham over three quarters of a second off his time at Sepang 1. But that progress does not bring them much in terms of results: Hayden ended the Sepang 2 test as 16th overall, 1.760 seconds behind Marquez, while Abraham is in 21st, over 2.4 seconds slower. Abraham's improvement is also down to acclimatizing to the Showa suspension, the Cardion AB team having taken on the role of testing from Gresini.

Hector Barbera's teammate Mike Di Meglio followed Barbera's example, improving by 0.641, but Di Meglio is also some way off the pace, down in 20th. Alvaro Bautista has shown similar progress on the Aprilia, but the Noale factory clearly has a lot of work to do, Bautista ending the test in 19th, and 2.372 seconds behind Marquez.

At the opposite end of the scale sits Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda rider not having put in a real time attack lap during the second test. Both Forward Yamaha riders suffered with a lack of grip at the second Sepang test, Loris Baz being 0.8 slower, Stefan Bradl 0.391 slower. After an impressive first Sepang test, Pol Espargaro struggled, lapping nearly two thirds of a second slower at this test on the Tech 3 Yamaha. Valentino Rossi was also slower, going 0.432 slower than the Movistar Yamaha rider had at the first test. The pattern appears to suggest that the Yamahas handle the heat less well than the Hondas, though Jorge Lorenzo did improve his time during the second test.

Best times from Sepang 1 test vs Sepang 2 test:

No Rider Bike Sepang 1 Sepang 2 Improvement
8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.183 2:00.244 -0.939
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.536 1:59.658 -0.878
17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.297 2:01.536 -0.761
69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.508 2:00.813 -0.695
63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.128 2:01.487 -0.641
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.924 2:01.310 -0.614
45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:01.263 2:00.695 -0.568
50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.334 2:01.815 -0.519
38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:00.384 1:59.883 -0.501
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.970 2:00.556 -0.414
25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.964 2:00.604 -0.360
51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:01.232 2:00.875 -0.357
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.895 2:01.593 -0.302
41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.486 2:00.275 -0.211
99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.624 1:59.437 -0.187
15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.399 2:03.300 -0.099
33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.641 2:03.569 -0.072
93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:58.867 1:59.115 +0.248
29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.3 1:59.388 1:59.722 +0.334
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3 1:59.874 2:00.250 +0.376
6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.294 2:00.685 +0.391
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.401 1:59.833 +0.432
44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:59.851 2:00.490 +0.639
76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:01.624 2:02.426 +0.802
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:59.006 1:59.912 +0.906
T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:02.363 2:03.337 +0.974

 

Combined best times from Sepang 1 and Sepang 2

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:58.867    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:59.006 0.139 0.139
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.3 1:59.388 0.521 0.382
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.401 0.534 0.013
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.437 0.570 0.036
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.658 0.791 0.221
7 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:59.851 0.984 0.193
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3 1:59.874 1.007 0.023
9 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:59.883 1.016 0.009
10 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.244 1.377 0.361
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.275 1.408 0.031
12 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.294 1.427 0.019
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.556 1.689 0.262
14 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14 2:00.603 1.736 0.047
15 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.604 1.737 0.001
16 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.695 1.828 0.091
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:00.813 1.946 0.118
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:00.875 2.008 0.062
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.310 2.443 0.435
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.487 2.620 0.177
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.536 2.669 0.049
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.593 2.726 0.057
23 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:01.624 2.757 0.031
24 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.815 2.948 0.191
25 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:02.363 3.496 0.548
26 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.300 4.433 0.937
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.569 4.702 0.269

 

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2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 Final Times: Marquez Ends Test Fastest

Marc Marquez finished on top of the timesheets at the second test at Sepang, posting a fast lap early and then switching his focus to race set up. The Repsol Honda rider completed a punishing test, grinding out 73 laps in the blistering heat of Sepang, 12 more than any other rider. Marquez finished with a race simulation in the final hour of the test. Jorge Lorenzo leaves Sepang as 2nd fastest, the Movistar Yamaha rider satisfied with the work done so far, and the gap to Marquez three tenths of a second. Cal Crutchlow surprised many with a fast lap in the morning, made despite braking problems to take third slot, ahead of Andrea Iannone on the Ducati GP15. Valentino Rossi was 5th fastest, and Dani Pedrosa was one of the few riders to improve their times at the end of the day, finally cracking the two minute barrier.

The combined timesheet looks very similar to the timesheet from Wednesday, almost everyone improving their lap time on the final day. Only Andrea Dovizioso, Loris Baz and Yamaha test rider Katsuaki Nakagama were faster yesterday, the difference for Dovzioso meaning he climbs up to 9th in the combined standings.

Testing continues tomorrow, when the riders get to try the Michelin tires for the first time. However, there will be no timing, and the riders will not be allowed to speak to the media about the tires afterwards. That leaves fans and followers in the hands of journalists with stopwatches.

Final times on last day of testing at Sepang:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.115    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.437 0.322 0.322
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.658 0.543 0.221
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 1:59.722 0.607 0.064
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.833 0.718 0.111
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:59.883 0.768 0.050
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:59.912 0.797 0.029
8 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.244 1.129 0.332
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.275 1.160 0.031
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.468 1.353 0.193
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.490 1.375 0.022
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.556 1.441 0.066
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2:00.603 1.488 0.047
14 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.604 1.489 0.001
15 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.685 1.570 0.081
16 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.695 1.580 0.010
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:00.813 1.698 0.118
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:00.875 1.760 0.062
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.310 2.195 0.435
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.487 2.372 0.177
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.536 2.421 0.049
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.593 2.478 0.057
23 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.815 2.700 0.222
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:02.587 3.472 0.772
25 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.300 4.185 0.713
26 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.448 4.333 0.148
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.569 4.454 0.121

 

Overall times from all three days of testing:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.115    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.437 0.322 0.322
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.658 0.543 0.221
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 1:59.722 0.607 0.064
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.833 0.718 0.111
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:59.883 0.768 0.050
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:59.912 0.797 0.029
8 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.244 1.129 0.332
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.250 1.135 0.006
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.275 1.160 0.025
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.490 1.375 0.215
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.556 1.441 0.066
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14 2:00.603 1.488 0.047
14 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.604 1.489 0.001
15 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.685 1.570 0.081
16 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.695 1.580 0.010
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:00.813 1.698 0.118
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:00.875 1.760 0.062
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.310 2.195 0.435
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.487 2.372 0.177
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.536 2.421 0.049
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.593 2.478 0.057
23 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.815 2.700 0.222
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:02.426 3.311 0.611
25 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.300 4.185 0.874
26 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.337 4.222 0.037
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.569 4.454 0.232

 

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2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 3 4pm Times: Marquez Leads On Another Sweltering Day

With temperatures hotter again on Wednesday, a lot of riders got their fast laps in early on the last day of the official test, at least on Bridgestones. Marc Marquez was, unsurprisingly, the fastest, his quick lap impressive, but unable to match the record time he set at the first Sepang test. Jorge Lorenzo took 2nd, and did manage to beat his best time from Sepang 1, perhaps a sign of the progress Yamaha have made. Cal Crutchlow was 3rd quickest, and nearly a second faster than his best time at the first, though the LCR Honda rider was struggling with brake problems similar to those suffered by Marc Marquez on Monday.

Andrea Iannone was the fastest of the Ducatis, taking 4th spot aehad of Valentino Rossi, while Bradley Smith improved to takes 6th, and the last rider under the two minute mark for the moment. Dani Pedrosa has the 7th fastest time so far, ahead of Hector Barbera on the Open class Ducati, an impressive feat from the Avintia rider, though he found a wheel to follow to set the time. Aleix Espargaro is in 9th, while Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the top ten on the other factory Ducati. With temperatures starting to cool a little, riders will likely put in another attempt to improve their times at the end of the day, when track conditions are a little more conducive to fast laps.

Times at 4pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.115    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.437 0.322 0.322
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.658 0.543 0.221
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 1:59.722 0.607 0.064
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:59.833 0.718 0.111
6 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:59.883 0.768 0.050
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.048 0.933 0.165
8 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.244 1.129 0.196
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.275 1.160 0.031
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.468 1.353 0.193
11 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.490 1.375 0.022
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.556 1.441 0.066
13 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.604 1.489 0.048
14 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.685 1.570 0.081
15 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.695 1.580 0.010
16 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:00.813 1.698 0.118
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:00.875 1.760 0.062
18 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2:01.159 2.044 0.284
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.310 2.195 0.151
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.487 2.372 0.177
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.536 2.421 0.049
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.593 2.478 0.057
23 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.815 2.700 0.222
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:02.587 3.472 0.772
25 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.300 4.185 0.713
26 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.448 4.333 0.148
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.569 4.454 0.121

 

Race Details
2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 2 Final Times: Marquez Fastest, Two Ducati GP15s In Top 4

Marc Marquez has ended the second day of testing at Sepang on top of the timesheets, after cracking under the two minute barrier in the relative cool of the morning. With temperatures a little lower than yesterday, times were quicker, with both Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo managing to get under the two minute mark. The Ducati GP15 performed well, the two Andreas taking 3rd and 4th spots. Dovizioso set his time in the morning, while Iannone leapt ahead of his teammate in the last few minutes with lap that got him to within two tenths of Marc Marquez.

Dani Pedrosa took 5th spot, ahead of Valentino Rossi, the Honda and Yamaha riders posting fast times at the start of the day, and concentrating on testing for the rest of the day. Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow posted their fast times at the end of the session, Smith having moved up t 7th from 13th spot, while Crutchlow had already set a quick lap in the morning. Aleix Espargaro set the 9th quickest time in the morning, the Suzuki proving to be quick, and beat his brother, Tech 3 Yamaha rider Pol, into 10th.

The lower temperatures and lack of rain meant more productive time for the field, and faster times on track. More time to test produced a much closer field, the top eight all within half a second, and less than a second covering the top thirteen. The weather is set to continue for Wednesday, the final day of the official test.

Times at the end of the second day:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.844    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.902 0.058 0.058
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.098 0.254 0.196
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.250 0.406 0.152
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.275 0.431 0.025
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.308 0.464 0.033
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:00.329 0.485 0.021
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.333 0.489 0.004
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.409 0.565 0.076
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.689 0.845 0.280
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.713 0.869 0.024
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.731 0.887 0.018
13 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.762 0.918 0.031
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.847 1.003 0.085
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2:01.012 1.168 0.165
16 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:01.131 1.287 0.119
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.633 1.789 0.502
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:01.897 2.053 0.264
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.944 2.100 0.047
20 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.945 2.101 0.001
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.968 2.124 0.023
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.006 2.162 0.038
23 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:02.221 2.377 0.215
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:02.426 2.582 0.205
25 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.499 3.655 1.073
26 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.755 3.911 0.256
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.313 4.469 0.558

 

Race Details
2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 4pm Times: Marquez On Top. GP15 Shows Promise In 3rd

Marc Marquez tops the timesheets with a few hours to go on the second day of the Sepang test, the Spaniard clearly over his braking problems from yesterday. Jorge Lorenzo is also better than yesterday, the Movistar Yamaha man looking pale and drawn on the first day and suffering from jet lag. Lorenzo has been pounding in fast laps andi is just behind Marquez' time. 

The Ducati Desmosedici GP15 may be new, but it is showing a lot of promise, Andrea Dovizioso posting a very quick time on the GP15 to take 3rd spot, just ahead of Dani Pedros and Valentino Rossi. Aleix Espargaro has confirmed the strength of the Suzuki, Espargaro being just a tenth slower than Rossi, but up among the front runners, with Andrea Iannone right behind him. Cal Crutchlow follows, having closed the gap considerably on the LCR Honda, two thirds of a second off Marquez, but just a couple of tenths behind Pedrosa. Pol Espargaro is currently 9th on the Tech 3 Yamaha, while Danilo Petrucci is a highly creditable 10th, on the older version of the GP14.

Times at 4pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.844    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.902 0.058 0.058
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.250 0.406 0.348
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.275 0.431 0.025
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.308 0.464 0.033
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.409 0.565 0.101
7 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:00.426 0.582 0.017
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.509 0.665 0.083
9 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.689 0.845 0.180
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.713 0.869 0.024
11 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.731 0.887 0.018
12 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:00.819 0.975 0.088
13 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:00.831 0.987 0.012
14 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:00.847 1.003 0.016
15 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2:01.012 1.168 0.165
16 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:01.131 1.287 0.119
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.633 1.789 0.502
18 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:01.897 2.053 0.264
19 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.945 2.101 0.048
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:02.221 2.377 0.276
21 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.350 2.506 0.129
22 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:02.426 2.582 0.076
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.653 2.809 0.227
24 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.863 3.019 0.210
25 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.923 4.079 1.060
26 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:04.422 4.578 0.499
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.621 4.777 0.199

 

Race Details
2015

2015 MotoGP Sepang 2 Day 1 Final Times: Rossi Leads As Weather Calls A Halt To Proceedings

Valentino Rossi has topped the timesheets on the first day of the second Sepang MotoGP test. In a day marked by the weather, the Movistar Yamaha rider set a quick lap in the morning, before the extreme heat became too oppressive, to finish ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda and Pol Espargaro on the Tech 3 Yamaha.

The weather played a major role all day at Sepang. The day started hot, the heat increasing towards the afternoon, causing the track to be greasy and prompting complaints of a lack of grip. That left a lot of riders stuck in their pit boxes to sit out the hottest part of the day, in the hope of doing more work at the end of the day. The weather gods were not inclined to be merciful, however, and heavy rain started falling around 4:30pm, just as riders were taking to the track once again. Rain and thunderstorms played havoc with the rest of the day, a couple of lightning strikes causing the session to be red-flagged, then restarted.

The difficult conditions left the timesheets looking a little less than representative. Rossi leads, but the Italian did not match his best time from the first day of the previous test, ending ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaro. Aleix Espargaro posted a creditable 4th-fastest time, the Suzuki rider nearly matching his best time from the first test at Sepang. Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez take 5th and 6th, the two title favorites three quarters of a second behind Rossi, and separated by just a few hundredths of a second, with Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith just behind them. Maverick Viñales continues his impressive adaptation to the MotoGP class - the rookie benefiting from time on wet tires - ending just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. 

Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone spent some time on the Ducati GP15, but they were mostly concentrated on finding a set up. The lap which put Dovizioso into 10th on the timesheets was set on the Ducati Desmosedici GP14.3, the old bike which the two factory riders have to use as a reference for the new machine, but Iannone's fast lap was set on the GP15. It is still very early days for the new Ducati, with much improvement still to come.

Times at the end of the day:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.414    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.543 0.129 0.129
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.876 0.462 0.333
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.055 0.641 0.179
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 2:01.162 0.748 0.107
6 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2:01.190 0.776 0.028
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:01.222 0.808 0.032
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:01.241 0.827 0.019
9 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.317 0.903 0.076
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:01.355 0.941 0.038
11 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:01.592 1.178 0.237
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.740 1.326 0.148
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.926 1.512 0.186
14 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.062 1.648 0.136
15 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:02.142 1.728 0.080
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:02.225 1.811 0.083
17 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.394 1.980 0.169
18 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:02.410 1.996 0.016
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14 2:02.606 2.192 0.196
20 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.730 2.316 0.124
21 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.941 2.527 0.211
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:03.006 2.592 0.065
23 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:03.105 2.691 0.099
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:03.316 2.902 0.211
25 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.337 2.923 0.021
26 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.966 3.552 0.629
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.000 3.586 0.034

 

Race Details
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:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.414    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.543 0.129 0.129
3 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.876 0.462 0.333
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.055 0.641 0.179
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 2:01.162 0.748 0.107
6 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2:01.190 0.776 0.028
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:01.222 0.808 0.032
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:01.241 0.827 0.019
9 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.317 0.903 0.076
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3/GP15 2:01.355 0.941 0.038
11 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:01.592 1.178 0.237
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.740 1.326 0.148
13 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.926 1.512 0.186
14 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.062 1.648 0.136
15 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15/GP14.3 2:02.142 1.728 0.080
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:02.225 1.811 0.083
17 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.394 1.980 0.169
18 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:02.410 1.996 0.016
19 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14 2:02.606 2.192 0.196
20 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.730 2.316 0.124
21 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.941 2.527 0.211
22 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:03.006 2.592 0.065
23 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP15 2:03.105 2.691 0.099
24 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:03.316 2.902 0.211
25 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:03.337 2.923 0.021
26 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.966 3.552 0.629
27 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.000 3.586 0.034

 

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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.

Similar to the first race, Jonathan Rea led Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies into the first corner, with Michael van der Mark, Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres close behind. This time round, though, Davies took second place off Haslam quickly and stayed there for seven laps.

On the fifth lap, van der Mark passed Haslam, but Haslam quickly took third place back off him, and he would have to wait a couple more laps before gaining position. On the seventh lap, with the top six, from Rea back to Torres, being covered by under eight tenths of a second, Haslam and van der Mark started a charge that took them past Davies then Rea, a charge that van der Mark continued out of turn one on the eighth lap to take the lead from Haslam. Van der Mark led a World Superbike race for five laps in his first weekend, but in under a lap, he was passed by Haslam, Rea and Davies over a series of corners, falling back to fourth place behind the podium guys from race one.

On the fifteenth lap, while the front four were unchanged, Troy Bayliss, who at one point was in seventh place and fighting, rode into the pits and had his crew perform a tyre change. He went back out in last place and fought his way back to a sixteenth place finish, just out of the points.

Jordi Torres built a gap from Tom Sykes and, with seven laps left, caught the front four, but on lap eighteen, he ploughed too deep into turn one and the front tyre lost adhesion, a fast crash that he limped away from, giving Sykes a safe fifth place ahead of Sylvain Guintoli. On lap nineteen, Rea caught Haslam by surprise and took the lead off him, with Davies following him past Haslam and on the first corner of the twentieth lap, Davies took the lead. A few places back, van der Mark crashed out, ending an incredible debut weekend for the Dutchman.

With Troy Bayliss letting the three fast riders at the front past, Davies led over the line on the penultimate lap only to be passed by Haslam and Rea by virtue of the slipstream. The three were locked together for the entire lap, as in the last race, and they maintained their positions, all three executing whatever was left of their game plans until on turn nine of the last lap, Rea drove a pass past Haslam and covered defensively until the last corner.

Leon Haslam stated that, in race one, he was too close to Jonathan Rea to be able to slipstream him to the line, having to close the throttle a little on the exit of the corner to avoid hitting Rea. This time round, he didn't fall for the same trap and, as he exited the corner, he was in the right place to have a go at a drafting pass. With Chaz Davies not close enough to get in the way, Haslam dropped out of the clean air behind Rea with the extra speed he needed to slingshot past at the line.

Leon Haslam won his first race since 2010 by merely one hundredth of a second, stealing the double victory from Jonathan Rea while Chaz Davies could just watch from third place. Last year's championship contenders, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli, finished in fourth and fifth, ahead of Nico Terol, the 2011 125cc World Champion.

Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea share the lead in the championship, above Chaz Davies, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF   1'31.889 318,6
2 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 0.010 1'32.049 320,5
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 0.298 1'31.725 319,5
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 5.242 1'31.837 316,7
5 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 14.649 1'32.146 317,6
6 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 16.025 1'32.389 317,6
7 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 22.300 1'32.282 314,9
8 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 23.606 1'32.866 305,1
9 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 23.818 1'33.089 314,0
10 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 35.775 1'32.976 305,9
11 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 39.929 1'33.728 309,5
12 20 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR 46.267 1'32.967 314,0
13 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 57.893 1'34.145 291,9
14 72 L. PEGRAM EBR 1190 RX 1'02.676 1'34.466 295,1
15 23 C. PONSSON Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'05.262 1'34.851 299,2
16 21 T. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale R 1 Lap 1'32.117 314,0
17 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'37.099 300,0

 

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Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results: Clouds Save Tyres

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

Kenan Sofuoglu led Jules Cluzel and Film Wilairot, but fell to third place by the end of the lap as Cluzel and Wilairot traded places back and forth. Lorenzo Zanetti fought his way past Gino Rea and Kyle Smith who looked determined to have a most-sideways-riding competition that Smith would win.

On the fifth lap, Zanetti took second place off Wilairot, giving us an MV Agusta 1-2, followed by Wilairot then losing third place to Smith, having despatched Sofuoglu and Rea en passant. One lap later, Sofuoglu was in the wrong place entering turn four and ran off the track, across the runoff, across the gravel, across the access road and onto the grass. He rejoined the race in nineteenth place and set about clawing back points, the podium no longer being an option.

Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti took off at the front, leaving the only chance of battles for the podium being for the third step, a step that Kyle Smith, Gino Rea and Film Wilairot all had a chance at.

On the penultimate lap, Rea passed Smith as Wilairot waited half a second back and the battle went to the last lap. Smith passed Rea into turn ten, but Rea took the place back on turn eleven, making contact as both bikes were hard on their sides with Rea shooting sparks out of his left elbow slider, and Smith had to leave his chance for the finish line.

Jules Cluzel won convincingly with his teammate Lorenzo Zanetti over three seconds behind him. Five seconds further back, Gino Rea won is battle with Kyle Smith by three hundredths of a second. Film Wilairot, a further couple of seconds back took fifth place while Kenan Sofuoglu fought through thirteen riders to claim six points from what could have been a disaster.

Once again, the tyres were not an issue, even with riders like Smith punishing his tyres cruelly.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675   1'33.684 274,1
2 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 3.494 1'33.588 287,2
3 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 8.636 1'34.017 279,1
4 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 8.668 1'34.249 289,5
5 9 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 10.613 1'34.037 287,2
6 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 18.608 1'33.409 281,3
7 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 18.701 1'34.039 284,2
8 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 18.741 1'34.515 284,2
9 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.333 1'34.525 280,5
10 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.448 1'34.252 281,3
11 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.979 1'34.896 283,5
12 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.992 1'35.025 288,0
13 41 A. WAGNER Yamaha YZF R6 34.058 1'34.576 275,5
14 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 36.066 1'35.408 279,8
15 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 36.624 1'35.138 282,7
16 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 37.284 1'35.073 281,3
17 20 A. PHILLIS Honda CBR600RR 42.091 1'35.752 280,5
18 74 K. CLARKE Honda CBR600RR 1'07.842 1'37.185 270,0
19 24 M. RAMIREZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'07.976 1'37.177 275,5

 

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Round Number: 
1
2015

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.

From pole position, Jonathan Rea hit the first turn leading Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies. Tom Sykes got a brilliant start from the third row and held off Jordi Torres for fourth place. The front four riders set off with tight formation flying for three laps with Davies looking for ways past Haslam, until he managed to pass him on the fourth lap. On the fifth lap, they were joined by Michael van der Mark, forcing a pass into turn one that forced Sykes wide, pushing the Kawasaki rider back to tenth place, behind three-time world champion Troy Bayliss.

Chaz Davies was snapping at the heels of Jonathan Rea, fast in the same sectors of the track and seeking the Ducati Panigale's first victory, with Leon Haslam staying within half a second, showing that he was vastly quicker in some sectors and unable to close in others. Haslam made a pass stick on Davies on the eighth lap. Michael van der Mark was unable to join the front three, but Haslam's teammate Jordi Torres took his place and closed the gap, joining the front three by the halfway mark.

Into the first turn, Haslam took the lead off Rea and held it for a lap until Rea took it back at the same place but Haslam was able to take it back a few turns later. Haslam unfortunately was passed by both Rea and Davies and was thrown into the clutches of Torres. As Haslam pushed to retain his third place, he went wide and hit the grass but he just kept his bike upright and amazingly slotted back into fourth place and set out to regain his position.

With five laps left, Leon Haslam set the fastest lap and passed Jordi Torres closing on the battle between Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies and opening the penultimate lap, the front three bikes rode three abreast down the start/finish straight, with Haslam passing Davies a few corners later.

The last lap, with Torres a second behind, Rea, Haslam and Davies had the track to themselves. Haslam took the lead into turn one, but Rea took it back at Lukey Heights and set it up for a last corner battle as Haslam tried to power past and pass by the line.

Jonathan Rea crossed the line first with Leon Haslam under four hundredths of a second behind. Chaz Davies was under a half second back in third place.

All three bikes in Parc Fermé looked like they had tyres left. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 65 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R   1'31.925 314,9
2 91 L. HASLAM Aprilia RSV4 RF 0.039 1'31.826 320,5
3 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 0.496 1'31.843 319,5
4 81 J. TORRES Aprilia RSV4 RF 2.259 1'31.832 324,3
5 60 M. VD MARK Honda CBR1000RR SP 9.838 1'31.966 319,5
6 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 13.761 1'32.016 317,6
7 1 S. GUINTOLI Honda CBR1000RR SP 14.021 1'32.121 320,5
8 18 N. TEROL Ducati Panigale R 15.954 1'32.080 319,5
9 22 A. LOWES Suzuki GSX-R1000 21.106 1'32.690 318,6
10 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 24.771 1'32.999 307,7
11 15 M. BAIOCCO Ducati Panigale R 28.920 1'33.146 316,7
12 36 L. MERCADO Ducati Panigale R 35.929 1'33.297 315,8
13 21 T. BAYLISS Ducati Panigale R 40.315 1'32.346 314,0
14 77 J. METCHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.090 1'33.513 305,1
15 20 S. BARRIER BMW S1000 RR 46.444 1'33.281 314,0
16 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 53.331 1'33.657 309,5
17 14 R. DE PUNIET Suzuki GSX-R1000 58.811 1'32.402 315,8
18 72 L. PEGRAM EBR 1190 RX 1'06.071 1'34.513 293,5
19 51 S. BARRAGÁN Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'06.110 1'34.507 291,9
20 10 I. TOTH BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap 1'37.967 300,8

 

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Round Number: 
1
2015

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