2015 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Lorenzo Edges Pedrosa

Jorge Lorenzo has topped the second sesson of free practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang. The Movistar Yamaha rider spent most of the session working on set up on used tires, before pushing at the end on fresh tires to take over at the top. Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 2nd, the Repsol Honda rider not quite able to match the pace of Lorenzo in the second half of the track.

Marc Marquez had led early, but could not quite find the pace of Lorenzo and Pedrosa, finishing the session in 3rd place, two tenths of a second behind Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone took 4th, the Ducati rider laying down a very consistent pace before shooting for a spot in Q2 on a fresh set of tires. Cal Crutchlow ended the session in 5th spot, nearly eight tenths slower than the fastest man Lorenzo, the LCR Honda rider pushing for a fast time at the end of the session.

Aleix Espargaro was the first of the Suzukis, though both Espargaro and Maverick Viñales showed solid pace on the GSX-RR. Espargaro was the only Suzuki man to make it to Q2 though upping the pace at the end of the session to take 6th, while Viñales dropped down to 11th, just outside the top 10. If it rains as expected on Saturday,  improving times may be difficult for riders who missed out on Q2.

Andrea Dovizioso could not match the pace of his Ducati teammate, the Italian ending the session in 7th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose 8th position is worse than it looks. Rossi was much closer through the first half of practice, but when he put on new tires for a fast run, he came straight back in again to swap bikes. It was not entirely clear what the issue was, but Rossi was clearly unhappy with some aspect of his machine.

Danilo Petrucci was impressive on the Pramac Ducati to take 9th, while Scott Redding secured his spot in the top 10 on the Marc VDS Racing Honda.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'00.246    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'00.293 0.047 0.047
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'00.472 0.226 0.179
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'00.486 0.240 0.014
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'01.039 0.793 0.553
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2'01.058 0.812 0.019
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'01.127 0.881 0.069
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.305 1.059 0.178
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'01.598 1.352 0.293
10 45 Scott Redding Honda 2'01.607 1.361 0.009
11 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2'01.796 1.550 0.189
12 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'01.796 1.550  
13 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'01.850 1.604 0.054
14 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'02.101 1.855 0.251
15 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'02.118 1.872 0.017
16 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 2'02.426 2.180 0.308
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 2'02.427 2.181 0.001
18 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'02.554 2.308 0.127
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'02.626 2.380 0.072
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2'03.480 3.234 0.854
21 43 Jack Miller Honda 2'03.485 3.239 0.005
22 24 Toni Elias Yamaha Forward 2'03.710 3.464 0.225
23 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2'03.731 3.485 0.021
24 13 Anthony West Honda 2'04.892 4.646 1.161
25 55 Damian Cudlin ART 2'06.962 6.716 2.070

 

Round Number: 
17
2015
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The aliens and alien elect look to have a similar race pace so far.

Might we get the head to head (regardless what position its for) between the two???

If we see fp2 only, dani is the best in consistency and in rhythm too. He can be a factor come race day. Jorge has short runs and on used tyres, so difficult to judge his pace and the same goes for marc.

David, can you please ask the powers that be to fix the abysmal MotoGP web site? There is no feedback area on the site that I can find.

Go Rossi!!!

MotoGP website is designed to work, first and foremost, on a mobile phone. All other platforms are a compromise, with traditional desktops being the most compromised. The concept of "swipe for more" is awkward and clunky to use on a desktop. While it is inevitable that mobile devices need to be the focus (given their ubiquity) the technology doesn't demand that other platforms need to be so poorly supported. It is either lack of funding, one of those dumb technological ideologies, or simple laziness, that results in more "traditional" platforms being so poorly supported.

...correct. Because that is it. Organization as big as MotoGP can spare little extra (and it is very little) to do both pages. Standard (as was old one) and mobile...as many pages have.

It looks like, on pace, the order of the Honda / Yamaha men is:
Pedrosa - 2:00-high / 2:01-low
Marquez - 2:01-low / 2:01-mid
Rossi - 2:01-mid
Lorenzo - 2:01-mid / 2:01-high

Iannone I'm not sure of - it's possible he's running about like Marquez, but I don't know what tire he was using - if he was using medium the whole time, then I don't think that's real. If that's on the hard compound, then Iannone and Marquez are running same pace.

I'm surprised to see Rossi ahead of Lorenzo on pace this early in the weekend. We might be in for another PI.

Can't be on the hard, only has soft and medium available correct?

"whose 8th position is worse than it looks"? a second off the pace looks pretty bad. Are you saying it's even worse or did you mean to say it's not as bad as it looks?

@sv650 don't have any problems with the motogp site here

Well Rossi was only a second off the pace if you're comparing apples with oranges.

In FP2 the riders/teams have two objectives:
- work towards the optimum setup for the bike, including on worn tyres
- get a good lap 'banked' to try and ensure progress to Q2

If you look at the lap times for this session at http://resources.motogp.com/files/results/2015/MAL/MotoGP/FP2/Analysis.p..., you'll see that Rossi could do mid to low 2:01 laps, which is as fast as anyone. Maybe Dani and Marc have a little extra, but it's not much.

The reason Rossi looks bad is that he didn't manage to bank a fast lap on fresh tyres. It's telling that he's still 8th fastest, on his 'race pace' setup, while everyone else went for a time attack.

A good/great overall race pace does matter so much when after the first several laps one is 5-10 seconds off the the front. All the other fast guys can get up to speed immediately on new tires where Rossi cannot. Being they start the race on new rubber, you can see the problem. He cannot afford to wait for his tire to come in, the others will be long gone by then. Running an older set will most likely not make the race distance either.

Weather Forecast?
Accurate ones?
Anybody got em? Lol :)
Tire wear should not be a major problem, right?
All opinions are welcomed!

I hope you're wrong, meaning actually the forecaster you mention of course.

Hoping for a dry race day. Could be in for a real fight. Finally, the gloves come off. At least I think this will finally be the one. With the gap at 11 points, its really on the borderline tipping back and forth with just one mistake or one bad round deciding the title.

Rossi will want to gain points on Lorenzo going into Valencia.

Lorenzo needs to shorten the gap to really help him in Valencia.

Finally, everything has to be put out on the table. No reservations.

Here in Thailand the smoke haze is getting bad again, thanks to Indonesia's government continuing to give the middle finger to the word re smoke pollution from their incessant forest burning. I hope this does not impact the race at all or indeed make it unsafe for riders and spectators alike.