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

 

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Safe to say that Marco Melandri isn't enjoying his return to MotoGP to the fullest.
Dead last, almost 5 seconds adrift.

Remember when Ducati sent him to the shrink? Maybe Aprilia could get the number...

With the extra fuel and unlimited engine upgrades I've not doubt the Duke will be a real rocket ship this year. However if they get 3 podiums in the first 3 races of the year do they then have to revert to the same rules as the other factories?? Or will they have to be the fourth bike on the podium as the winners of a different class? Or will the Yam and Honda be allowed more fuel and engine upgrades to even the game up. It would seem to be a huge upheaval for Ducati had they to compete on a level playing field. If they win the first race through huge power, it's happened before, will they be allowed the advantages all season long.

Ducati will lose their privileges one after another, should they score dry podiums and wins until, eventually, they would have to compete under the same rules as every other factory.

I'm not sure from the top of my head, if they would also lose the soft rubber. And if they do, I wonder whether they are being granted Access to the hard tyre in return. Everything else wouldn't make sense.