Lorenzo on top at Sepang MotoGP test ends

Lorenzo's fastest time from day two unbeaten but Repsol Honda pair look strong

Posted: 28 February 2013
by Visordown News

DESPITE Dani Pedrosa setting the fastest time on day 3 of the Sepang motoGP tests, it was Lorenzo's fastest time from day 2 that puts him quickest overall.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo posted a fastest lap of 2’00.282 on the second day of testing to finish on top of the timesheets at the second Sepang pre-season MotoGP group test.   Lorenzo set his benchmark time on the combination of the hard front and medium rear slicks to finish 0.280 seconds ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, while third quickest over the three days was fellow Repsol Honda rider and 2013 rookie Marc Márquez whose personal best time was 2’00.643.  Valentino Rossi ends the test in fifth place, just behind Cal Crutchlow.
Power Electronics Aspar was the quickest CRT outfit again, but this time it was Randy de Puniet who proved to be the best of the CRT riders, with a best lap time of 2’02.863 placing him in 13th position overall. The total spread of lap times at the second Sepang test was 5.031 seconds compared to 5.870 seconds at the first Sepang test, while the gap between the top ten riders was also reduced from 2.177 to 1.741 seconds. Weather conditions were variable over the three days of testing, with riders experiencing wet and dry conditions and track temperatures ranging from 30-54°C. The two experimental hard rubber compounds developed by Bridgestone that were assessed at the first Sepang test were not evaluated this time around, with riders instead focusing on getting the best out of the current hard compound. The CRT-specific soft rear slick was again extensively used at Sepang and received further positive feedback from riders.


Sepang MotoGP test times - combined

Pos

Rider

Team

Fast lap

Gap

Total laps

1

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

2’00.282

 0

139

2

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

2’00.562

0.280

155

3

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

2’00.643

0.361

141

4

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2’00.907

0.625

146

5

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha Factory Racing Team

2’01.062

0.780

149

6

Alvaro BAUTISTA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2’01.078

0.796

133

7

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

2’01.309

1.027

138

8

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

2’01.650

1.368

75

9

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

2’01.778

1.496

168

10

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2’02.023

1.741

151

11

Andrea IANNONE

Pramac Racing Team

2’02.566

2.284

126

12

Michele PIRRO

Ducati Test Team

2’02.773

2.491

136

13

Randy DE PUNIET

Power Electronics Aspar

2’02.863

2.581

124

14

Aleix ESPARGARO

Power Electronics Aspar

2’02.905

2.623

118

15

Katsuyuki NAKASUGA

Yamaha Factory Racing

2’02.946

2.664

99

16

Ben SPIES

Ignite Pramac Racing Team

2’03.055

2.773

94

17

Hector BARBERA

Avintia Blusens

2’03.155

2.873

127

18

Wataru YOSHIKAWA

Yamaha Factory Racing

2’03.257

2.975

66

19

Hiroshi AOYAMA

Avintia Blusens

2’03.990

3.708

138

20

Karel ABRAHAM

CardionABMotoracing

2’04.066

3.784

112

21

Colin EDWARDS

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2’04.102

3.820

92

22

Danilo PETRUCCI

Came IodaRacing Project

2’04.279

3.997

121

23

Takumi TAKAHASHI

HRC Test Team

2’04.512

4.230

176

24

Michael LAVERTY

Paul Bird Motorsport

2’04.546

4.264

43

25

Yonny HERNANDEZ

Paul Bird Motorsport

2’04.671

4.389

134

26

Lukas PESEK

Came IodaRacing Project

2’04.674

4.392

103

27

Claudio CORTI

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2’04.709

4.427

106

28

BryanSTARING

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2’05.313

5.031

118



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Wouldn't be surprised if the combined test time result positions, end up being the end of season positions of the top five.

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 17:12

It will be interesting to see how the times shake out once they get to Texas next week. I think the Hondas will be very difficult to beat this year in every race, but even on a bike that clearly doesn't have the strait line speed of the Hondas I would not bet against Lorenzo.

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 17:16

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