2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Final Times - Marquez Leaves As Fastest

Track conditions at Sepang were never as good again as they were in the morning, meaning that only a handful of riders improved their times by the end of the test, the riders choosing instead to get back to testing work and work on their long runs. That left Marc Marquez on top of the timesheets, with a new lap record and as the only rider every to have posted a 1'58 lap. Dani Pedrosa was second quickest, the Spaniard just missing out on a 1'58 lap, but not disappointed, as he made a mistake on hsi fast lap and could have gone faster. Andrea Iannone was third fastest, ahead of the two Movistar Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

Several riders ran race simulations, with Dani Pedrosa's universally judged by his competitors as the fastest. Marquez' long run was slower, but run later in the day,  when track conditions were worse. 

Times:

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 1:59.624 0.757 0.223
6 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:59.851 0.984 0.227
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3 1:59.874 1.007 0.023
8 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 2:00.294 1.427 0.420
9 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:00.384 1.517 0.090
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.486 1.619 0.102
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.536 1.669 0.050
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:00.964 2.097 0.428
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 2:00.970 2.103 0.006
14 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V Test 2:01.029 2.162 0.059
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 2:01.183 2.316 0.154
16 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 2:01.232 2.365 0.049
17 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 2:01.263 2.396 0.031
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.508 2.641 0.245
19 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:01.624 2.757 0.116
20 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:01.895 3.028 0.271
21 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.924 3.057 0.029
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 2:02.128 3.261 0.204
23 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.297 3.430 0.169
24 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.334 3.467 0.037
25 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:02.363 3.496 0.029
26 72 Takumi Takahashi Honda RC213V Test 2:03.113 4.246 0.750
27 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 2:03.471 4.604 0.358
28 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.641 4.774 0.170

 

Improvement over the three days of test:

No Rider Bike Improvement
76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha -2.539
25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR -2.200
29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP14.3 -2.036
63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open -1.750
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V -1.739
41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR -1.739
72 Takumi Takahashi Honda RC213V Test -1.606
17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS -1.582
7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda RC213V Test -1.531
8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open -1.517
93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V -1.395
38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 -1.323
15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART -1.274
6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha -1.262
69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS -1.191
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V -1.177
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 -1.166
44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 -1.079
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 -0.979
50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS -0.961
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS -0.912
99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 -0.897
33 Marco Melandri Aprilia -0.861
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP14.3 -0.743
T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test -0.729
51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 -0.719
45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V -0.654
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia -0.361

 

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Comments

Save for Stefan Bradl, every rider who finished ahead of Aleix and Maverick did so on a factory-spec machine. Aleix's performance relative to Cal's is particularly noteworthy, given how comparable their positions are: both are talented riders with a few MotoGP seasons under their belt on unfamiliar bikes. I'd say the Maverick/Scott comparison has similar merit.

Work to be done for everyone still, but I have to imagine Suzuki got more than they hoped for this week.