Saturday, February 7, 2015

Movistar Yamaha's Rossi & Lorenzo Wrap Up 1st MotoGP Pre-Season Test in Sepang

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Sepang, Malaysia
Sepang MotoGP Test 1 - Day 3

Yamaha Successfully Wraps Up First Pre-Season Test in Sepang

18:00 Local time GMT+8
CloudyCloudyTemperatureAir 30°C
Track 50°C
TemperatureHumidity 60%
Free Practice

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Sepang International Circuit (Sepang, Malaysia), 6th February 2015

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo ended the third and final day of MotoGP testing in Sepang on a positive note, finishing fourth and fifth in today’s session times.

Rossi clearly enjoyed today’s perfect weather conditions and was able to successfully complete his testing schedule. The progress he made in terms of the setup and pinpointing the direction of the development for his YZR-M1 showed when he shattered his own record at the Sepang International Circuit with a 1m 59.401s lap, moving him up to third on the leader board. The Doctor used the remaining time of the session to test some more parts for the bike and did a race simulation, before finishing the day in fourth place.

Teammate Lorenzo also made strides today. Continuing his good rhythm of yesterday, he was quick right from the start of today’s eight-hour session. Despite the crowdedness of having 27 riders on the track at the same time, he was able to focus on his pace and position himself as one of the key protagonists. As with his teammate, it only took him about half an hour into the session to beat his fastest ever lap at the Malaysian track when he posted a time of 1’59.624s. The Spaniard also concluded his testing schedule with a race simulation at the hottest time of the day and ended fifth in the standings.

This third day completes the first pre-season test in Sepang. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP will analyse the gained data and come back to the Malaysian circuit for a second pre-season test in two weeks time.
46Valentino Rossi
4th / 1'59.401 / 49 laps

“Today I’m more satisfied. It was a good day and we did a good job, especially because we tested everything and we decided what we have to use to continue the development. I’m very happy because 1’59.4 is my best lap in Sepang in my whole career and I’m already 0.3 faster compared to last year. It’s true that the conditions today are good, but also compared to yesterday we improved the setting of the bike a lot and also my pace is not so bad. We also tried a race simulation, but not with our performance at a hundred per cent. We tried some different parts for the bike, something good and something I didn’t like. My pace in the simulation was quite good so the test was positive. The only negative thing was the speed of Marc and Dani. They are a little bit faster than us on a lap with a fresh tyre, but also in terms of pace. That means that, if we want to beat them, we have to keep working.”

Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
5th / 1'59.624 / 55 laps

“In the morning we weren’t very explosive to make a good lap time because the bike didn’t stop so well on the brakes. We modified the set-up to improve the braking, but we didn’t have any new tyres left to do a good lap time. I think we might not have been able to ride a 1’58, but maybe a low 1’59. The race simulation was interesting. We did one at the time of day when the temperature was the highest and our pace was very consistent. I think that if there was a race tomorrow, we could fight for the win, so this is positive. The bike improved a little compared to how it was at the Valencia test. I think we have a big thing to try at the second test at Sepang. Let’s see if this is clearly better.”

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director

“The bike has worked well here for the test and we now know the direction to develop for both riders, that was the main goal for this test. We conducted a race simulation with both riders which was not bad, even when the tyre dropped the performance was ok, better than last year’s race. We still need to close the gap a little to our main competitors but so far the team and riders have worked well and done a good job. We have the information we were looking for and we will be back here in two weeks ready to start working with the new plan. We are confident that the next development step in two weeks will help to close the gap.”

Massimo Meregalli

1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'58.867
2.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team1'59.006
3.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Ducati Team1'59.388
4.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'59.401
5.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP1'59.624
6.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech31'59.851
7.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team1'59.874
8.Stefan Bradl (GER)Forward Racing2'00.294
9.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech32'00.384
10.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)Team Suzuki MotoGP2'00.486
11.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)CWM LCR Honda2'00.536
12.Maverick Viñales (SPA)Team Suzuki MotoGP2'00.964
13.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Pramac Racing2'00.970
14.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)HRC2'01.029
15.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia Racing2'01.183
16.Michele Pirro (ITA)Pramac Racing2'01.232
17.Scott Redding (GBR)Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS2'01.263
18.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar2'01.508
19.Loris Baz (FRA)Forward Racing2'01.624
20.Jack Miller (AUS)CWM LCR Honda2'01.895
21.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Aprilia Racing Team Gresini2'01.924
22.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing2'02.128
23.Karel Abraham (CZE)AB Motoracing2'02.297
24.Eugene Laverty (IRL)Drive M7 Aspar2'02.334
25.Katsuyuki Nakasuga (JPN)Yamaha Factory Test Team2'02.363
26.Takumi Takahashi (JPN)HRC2'03.113
27.Alex De Angelis (RSM)Octo IodaRacing Team2'03.471
28.Marco Melandri (ITA)Aprilia Racing Team Gresini2'03.641

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Technical Informations
LocationSepang, Malaysia
Length (m)5548
Width (m)25
Turns righ10
Turns left5
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Malaysia

Record Lap
Time 2'01.150
Best Lap
Time 1'59.791
2014 Results
1st M.Marquez (Honda): 40'45.523
2ndV.Rossi ( Yamaha): +2.245
3rdJ.Lorenzo (Yamaha): +3.508
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