2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 3:45pm Times - Little Change As Heat Kills Grip

With the afternoon heat robbing the Sepang International Circuit of grip, little has changed on the MotoGP test timesheets since noon. Of the top 10, only Marc Marquez has improved his time, getting to within two tenths of fastest man Lorenzo. While riders are still out on track, the times won't start to drop until the last hour, once the temperature drops

Times at 3:45pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:59.963    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3 2:00.015 0.052 0.052
3 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2:00.146 0.183 0.131
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:00.311 0.348 0.165
5 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.3 2:00.444 0.481 0.133
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.676 0.713 0.232
7 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:00.959 0.996 0.283
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:01.058 1.095 0.099
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.344 1.381 0.286
10 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:01.484 1.521 0.140
11 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:01.515 1.552 0.031
12 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.615 1.652 0.100
13 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V Test 2:01.772 1.809 0.157
14 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:01.844 1.881 0.072
15 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:02.155 2.192 0.311
16 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.228 2.265 0.073
17 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:02.325 2.362 0.097
18 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:02.420 2.457 0.095
19 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:02.914 2.951 0.494
20 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:02.947 2.984 0.033
21 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:03.078 3.115 0.131
22 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:03.129 3.166 0.051
23 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.399 3.436 0.270
24 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:03.609 3.646 0.210
25 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:03.630 3.667 0.021
26 72 Takumi Takahashi Honda RC213V Test 2:03.781 3.818 0.151
27 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:04.241 4.278 0.460
28 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.487 4.524 0.246

 

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Just what is going on with him? Nearly 2.4 seconds off of Alvaro? I would expect him to be behind at this stage, having to reacquaint himself with the stiffness of a motogp bike/tyre - but this is a big gap. Jack Miller only rode his first big bike a few months ago, and is a second up the road. Laverty had similar WSBK pedigree to Marco and is also over a second up the road.

Perhaps, on some level, Ducati were right to send him to the shrink? The bike was bad, but perhaps he had lost it upstairs as well - he clearly doesn't want to be there now, just as he didn't want to be on that Ducati.

After all, you can only go as fast as you think you can.

... he is to old for this kind of transformation. Maybe he hasn't have self esteem yet. Who knows?