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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David, I just looked at the analysis from the MotoGP website, and I noticed several strange things:
1) Marc Marquez ran a 20-lap simulation !?
2) Lorenzo and the other riders with a top time, bar Rossi, ran 10 or 11;
3) Neither Pedros nor Rossi ran a race simulation, it appears, with runs of no more than 3 - 5 laps;
4) All of the "good" times were run on or about lap 9; Rossi ran his "good" time on lap 19, and Pedrosa on lap 49. Both of those are queer positions to put in good times.

Is this indicative of very, very different test programs or was something else going on? This is curious and makes we think that the "headline" numbers are unusually useless from today.

I'm especially surprised that among the top 4, Lorenzo and Marqez put in longer runs, while Pedrosa and Rossi did not.

Cal's learning curve is obviously an exponential one.

I'd be glad to see him fare well on a Honda, and realistically there is no real reason why he would not.

Inconsistency is his main problem, but when he's had his morning coffee along with a satisfying breakfast, he is very quick.

I have been, at least through testing, very dissapointed with Redding though. I had always thought that he was only hindered by his stature coupled with underpowered bikes, but realistically, his large frame and weight should not be able to make that much of a difference.

But, I know, testing is just, and only...testing.

So Dave, you using an analog or digital stopwatch? Great reportage as usual especially the full coverage down the ranks.