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The sun came out at around 4pm at Sepang, and quickly dried off the rain which had fallen throughout the early afternoon. The track dried, and most of the field took to the track again, everyone chasing a fast lap.
Jorge Lorenzo ended the day fastest, the only rider to get under the two minute mark, and ending the test nearly a second quicker than his teammate Valentino Rossi. The Hondas made an improvement, Marc Marquez leapfrogging over Cal Crutchlow to take third, the LCR Honda rider dropping to fourth ahead of Casey Stoner. Stoner was the fastest of the Ducatis, with Danilo Petrucci in seventh and Andrea Iannone in eighth.
Times at the end of the day at Sepang:
Light rain has started falling at Sepang, bringing proceedings to a halt. The insistent light rain with just a few hours of the test left makes it likely that the teams will soon pack up and leave, and start their preparations for the next test at Phillip Island in two weeks time.
The two Yamaha riders lead the rest by a big margin, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi swapping the top spot until Lorenzo stamped his authority on the timesheets. The Spaniard leads his Movistar Yamaha teammate by half a second, while Rossi is another half a second ahead of Marc Marquez. Fastest Ducati is Casey Stoner, over a tenth quicker than factory rider Andrea Iannone, while Cal Crutchlow was strong at the end once again, putting the LCR Honda into sixth, 1.3 seconds behind Lorenzo.
Times at 2:30pm:
Track action started late on the final day of testing at Sepang, after rain overnight and through the morning left the track wet. The track was empty until shortly after 11am, when Yamaha sent test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga out to test conditions. One by one more riders joined in, until the track was filled, the teams trying to get as much testing in as possible before the rain expected for this afternoon starts to fall.
Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest of the riders shortly after 1pm, the Movistar Yamaha rider leading Ducati test rider Casey Stoner by two tenths of a second. Marc Marquez is not far behind on the Repsol Honda, while Valentino Rossi shot up to fourth shortly after 1pm, demoting the two factory Suzukis of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales into fifth and sixth.
Times at 1:15pm:
Danilo Petrucci kept his place at the top of the timesheets on Tuesday, the Pramac Ducati rider having set a fast time in the morning. Only a few riders improved in the afternoon, when the riders were forced to use the harder tire after Loris Baz' blowout on the main straight. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on a hard tire, while Cal Crutchlow also made a big step forward with hard rubber.
Times at the end of Tuesday:
Ducatis are topping the timesheets halfway through the second day of the Sepang MotoGP test. Danilo Petrucci set a quick time early, taking over top spot from Jorge Lorenzo, who looked like dominating the second day as he had the first. In the late morning, Hector Barbera joined Petrucci at the front, putting the GP14.2 behind the Pramac GP15.
Jorge Lorenzo is third fastest, nearly three quarters of a second off the time of Petrucci, but the Yamaha man suffered a crash in the early afternoon, sliding off at Turn 5 and damaging his M1. Pol Espargaro also crashed at around the same time, track grip reducing in the afternoon. Marc Marquez set the fourth fastest time, dropping nearly a second and a half off his best time from yesterday, and ending ahead of another pair of Ducatis, this time those of Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone.
Though the crashes of Lorenzo and Espargaro were a minor worry for Michelin, what appeared to be a much bigger problem occurred in the first hour of the day. Loris Baz got halfway down the main straight before his Avintia Ducati GP14.2 disintegrated in an explosion of bike and tire parts. Confusion among the marshals meant it took nearly a minute for the red flag to be shown, several riders passing the straight still littered with parts.
Final times at the end of testing on Monday:
Testing continues at Sepang, though the teams have now all stopped for lunch, and to sit out the intense heat of the middle of the day. There are a few changes at the top of the standings, the most significant being the influx of Ducatis into the top of the timesheets. Jorge Lorenzo leads, though, with an impressive time nearly a second faster than the rest of the field. In second place, Danilo Petrucci has put on an imposing showing on the Pramac Ducati, leading the factory bike of Andrea Iannone. The two Repsol Hondas follow, Dani Pedrosa quicker than Marc Marquez, while Scott Redding on the second Pramac bike leads Valentino Rossi on the second Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro is the first of the Suzukis, nearly 1.7 off the time of Lorenzo, but within seven tenths of the fastest Ducatis.
Times at 2:30pm:
The 2016 MotoGP season is now well underway, with bikes on track for the last two hours, under clear skies and hot temperatures. Despite the major changes in technical regulations, the top four remain exactly the same. Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo leads, the Movistar Yamaha rider the only man to get into the 2'01s. Dani Pedrosa leads the Repsol Honda pairing, three tenths behind Lorenzo and three tenths ahead of Marc Marquez, while Valentino Rossi rounds out the top four, 0.840 behind his Yamaha teammate.
Behind the top four, the Ducatis reign supreme, Danilo Petrucci leading Andrea Dovizioso, Hector Barbera, Yonny Hernandez, Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone filling out the top ten. Six Ducatis in the top ten is a sign of the strength of the Italian manufacturer this season.
The new front tire which Michelin have brought to the test appears to have made a big improvement. So far, only Bradley Smith has suffered a crash, the rest have all remained upright. Michelin have brought five different front tires for the riders to evaluate, a mixture of different compounds and constructions.
Times at 12 noon:
Testing has finished at last at Jerez, with the onset of the winter test ban for both MotoGP and World Superbike teams. The final day of testing for the World Superbike squads ended as it had been all week, with the Kawasaki pair on top of the timesheets, and both men breathtakingly fast once the teams broke out the qualifying tires. It was Tom Sykes who walked away as fastest, the Yorkshireman obliterating the official Superpole record by just shy of a whole second. Sykes' fast lap left Jonathan Rea in second, though he was also no slouch. Rea ended eight tenths faster than the Superpole record. There is a chance he could have gone faster, but a crash in the afternoon put an end to his day's testing.
Xavi Fores made an impressive debut as a full time WSBK rider, ending the test as third fastest on the Barni Ducati, eight tenths behind Sykes but still well under the existing Superpole record, as was Nicky Hayden. The Ten Kate Honda rider made a strong impression on his second test on the Honda CBR1000RR, adapting well to the Pirellis and riding a production bike again. Hayden ended well ahead of Chaz Davies, the first of the factory Aruba.it Ducati riders, while Davide Giugliano made good progress on his return from a long layoff from injury. Leon Camier was the last of the WSBK riders, working on major electronics updates for the MV Agusta F4.
Testing continued for the fourth day at Jerez, the track getting busier than ever as more and more riders joined the fray. Once again, only the World Superbike riders had transponders, the MotoGP teams electing to keep their times private.
The Kawasaki pairing of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea returned to action after a day off on Wednesday, and were once again the fastest of the WSBK riders. Sykes took top honors on Thursday, finishing just ahead of his teammate Rea, the difference just one hundredth of a second. Chaz Davies made a big step forward on the Aruba.it Ducati, improving his time by nearly three quarters of a second, and ending half a second off the pace of Sykes. Nicky Hayden was the sole Honda representative, teammate Michael van der Mark having gone home with problems in his arm, and Hayden too improved, half a second quicker than Wednesday and within seven tenths of Sykes' time. He finished ahead of the other two Ducatis of Xavi Fores and Davide Giugliano, as well as in front of the MV Agusta of Leon Camier.
There were a couple of crashes on Thursday as well, with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro falling heavily but walking away relatively unhurt. Less luck for Eugene Laverty, though, the Aspar Ducati rider crashing and fracturing his arm in the fall.
Testing concludes on Friday.
Times from Thursday at Jerez:
The third day of the combined World Superbike and MotoGP test at Jerez saw a lot more action on track at the Spanish circuit, as some teams left and several more arrived to start testing. The BMW Althea and Kawasaki teams were the absentees, while the Ten Kate Honda teams, Barni Ducati and Aruba.it Ducati teams, Leon Camier at MV Agusta, and the Crescent Yamaha World squad all joined the World Superbike fray. The Repsol Honda and Gresini Aprilia teams were both out with their official MotoGP riders, while Michele Pirro was on testing duties for Ducati. The Aspar Ducati team were also circulating, with Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernandez out working on the GP14.2.
Despite the (relatively) heavy traffic on track, the timing sheets remained relatively empty. Only the Ten Kate Hondas, the Ducati Panigales and Leon Camier's MV Agusta F4 were fitted with transponders relaying official timing back to the circuit systems. The Yamahas of Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli, as well as all of the MotoGP bikes, were out without any official timing, and so no lap times were reported.
A few Moto2 and Moto3 riders stayed on for a final day of testing at Jerez on Friday, using the clear skies and good weather to put in a few more laps ahead of the 2016 season. Sam Lowes topped the timesheets on the final day of testing, though his advantage over Taka Nakagami was just a few hundredths of a second. Danny Kent made major steps forward on his second day on the Kalex Moto2 bike, getting within a quarter of his fellow countryman Lowes, and ahead of Moto2 veteran Luis Salom. Moto2 rookie Miguel Oliveira was over a second slower than his teammate, but still made good progress in his adaptation.
Lowes' time was impressive, but he still could not match the time set by Alex Rins on Thursday, Lowes coming up just under a tenth of a second short.
Times at the end of Friday from Jerez:
Thursday times from the Moto2 and Moto3 test at Jerez. More bikes are present, but not all are running with transponders.
Marc Marquez has ended the final day of testing at Valencia, lapping under the race lap record using the 2016 electronics and Michelin tires, and swapping back and forth between a 2015 and 2016 spec engine. Both Repsol Hondas were fast, Dani Pedrosa setting the third fastest time, also spending the day setting up the 2016 spec electronics. Maverick Viñales sandwiched himself between the two Repsol Hondas, while Aleix Espargaro ended up behind Pedrosa, both Suzuki riders concentrating solely on getting accustomed to the Michelin Tires.
Jorge Lorenzo finished as fifth fastest, having ridden the 2016 Yamaha M1 prototype for most of the day, also focusing on the 2016 electronics. Cal Crutchlow set the sixth fastest time, Crutchlow only having a chassis used by Marc Marquez to test, riding the 2015 Honda and 2015 electronics. Valentino Rossi found a bit of pace towards the end of the day on the 2016 Yamaha M1, having a fraction more difficulty to adapt to the new electronics and the Michelins, but finding a big improvement from the first day.