Vinales on top at Sepang MotoGP test

Maverick Vinales has topped the combined MotoGP timesheet at the first official pre-season test at Sepang.

Vinales on top at Sepang MotoGP test

Maverick Vinales has topped the combined MotoGP timesheet at the first official pre-season test at Sepang in Malaysia having edged Andrea Iannone’s best time from the second day.

While storms truncated testing throughout the three days of track action, ideal conditions presented themselves towards the end of the final day which saw a number of riders post their personal bests during the testing programmes.

Movistar Yamaha’s new signing Vinales has ended the test on top, just as he did at the post-season Valencia test in November, as Yamaha caught the eye with inside fairing winglet designs.

Iannone’s top day two time was just edged out by Vinales but the Italian demonstrated how quickly he’d adapted to the Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR since switching from Ducati.

Despite being plagued by engine and power issues, Marc Marquez was still able to place his Repsol Honda RC213V second on the final day and third overall with Andrea Dovizioso leading the Ducati charge in fourth overall as less than two-tenths separated the top four riders.

Dani Pedrosa claimed fifth overall ahead of Valentino Rossi while Alvaro Bautista made an eye-catching start to the year with Aspar on the Ducati Desmosedici GP16.

Ducati test rider Casey Stoner ended the three-day test eighth with Cal Crutchlow ninth and Jorge Lorenzo rounding out the top ten.

The next official test will take place at Phillip Island, Australia from February 15-17.


1.            Maverick Viñales              ESP         Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)       1m          59.368s [Day 3]

2.            Andrea Iannone ITA         Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)      1m          59.452s +0.084s [Day 2]

3.            Marc Marquez  ESP         Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)     1m          59.506s +0.138s [Day 3]

4.            Andrea Dovizioso             ITA         Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)              1m          59.553s +0.185s [Day 3]

5.            Dani Pedrosa     ESP         Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)     1m          59.578s +0.210s [Day 3]

6.            Valentino Rossi ITA         Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)       1m          59.589s +0.221s [Day 3]

7.            Alvaro Bautista  ESP         Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16)             1m          59.628s +0.260s [Day 3]

8.            Casey Stoner      AUS       Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP17)     1m          59.639s +0.271s [Day 3]

9.            Cal Crutchlow    GBR       LCR Honda (RC213V)       1m          59.728s +0.360s [Day 3]

10.          Jorge Lorenzo    ESP         Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)              1m          59.767s +0.399s [Day 3]

11.          Johann Zarco      FRA        Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*         1m          59.772s +0.404s [Day 3]

12.          Alex Rins              ESP         Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*    2m          0.057s   +0.689s [Day 3]

13.          Aleix Espargaro ESP         Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)   2m          0.108s   +0.740s [Day 3]

14.          Danilo Petrucci  ITA         Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP17)          2m          0.310s   +0.942s [Day 3]

15.          Jonas Folger       GER        Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*         2m          0.312s   +0.944s [Day 3]

16.          Hector Barbera ESP         Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)           2m          0.352s   +0.984s [Day 2]

17.          Jack Miller           AUS       Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)   2m          0.439s   +1.071s [Day 3]

18.          Karel Abraham  CZE         Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15)             2m          0.445s   +1.077s [Day 3]

19.          Scott Redding    GBR       Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP16)          2m          0.645s   +1.277s [Day 3]

20.          Loris Baz              FRA        Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15)           2m          0.873s   +1.505s [Day 3]

21.          Pol Espargaro     ESP         Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)         2m          1.338s   +1.970s [Day 1]

22.          Bradley Smith    GBR       Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)         2m          1.338s   +1.970s [Day 3]

23.          Sam Lowes         GBR       Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* 2m          1.341s   +1.973s [Day 3]

24.          Michele Pirro     ITA         Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici GP17)     2m          1.382s   +2.014s [Day 2]

25.          Katsuyuki Nakasuga        JPN        Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)       2m          1.658s   +2.290s [Day 3]

26.          Takuya Tsuda     JPN        Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)          2m          1.812s   +2.444s [Day 1]

27.          Kouta Nozane    GER        Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)       2m          2.187s   +2.819s [Day 1]

28.          Tito Rabat           ESP         Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)   2m          2.189s   +2.821s [Day 2]



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