Ryan Wood  |    1 February 2016

Lorenzo quickest on opening day of Sepang MotoGP test


Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo led day one of the opening MotoGP test at Malaysia’s Sepang circuit on Monday, with the reigning champion posting a time just shy of the two-minute mark.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi jumped up to second on the timesheets in the final hour of the session, demoting Honda’s Dani Pedrosa to third just as the rain arrived, bringing the opening day to a close 20 minutes early.

Most riders spent the day familiarising themselves with the new Michelin tyres following the switch from Bridgestone as well as the new standard ECU and various factory developments.

The factory teams had several versions of bike available, with Honda evaluating two engine variations between riders Marc Marquez - seventh quickest - and Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales ran on 2015 and 2016 variants of the Suzuki, as well as 2016/15 hybrid, with the 2016 model using a new seamless shift gearbox.

Aspar rider Eugene Laverty is reported to have suffered a right-hand fracture after his throttle stuck open, crashing out at Turn 4 and prompting a red flag.

The incident will likely rule Laverty out of testing and is a huge blow for the Irishman, having only just recovered from a fracture to his left wrist in November.

Ioda was the only team not present at the test, with the outfit considering a switch to the WSBK category.

MotoGP Sepang Test - Day 1 Times:

# Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00.684   37
2 Valentino Rossi Yahama 2:01.717 1.033 55
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:01.780 1.096 34
4 Danilo Petrucci Pramac 2:01.811 1.127 43
5 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2:01.912 1.228 49
6 Hector Barbera Avinitia 2:02.002 1.318 59
7 Marc Marquez Honda 2:02.278 1.594 50
8 Scott Redding Pramac 2:02.338 1.654 46
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:02.539 1.855 42
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:02.586 1.902 42
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2:02.645 1.961 40
12 Pol Espargaro Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.646 1.962 42
13 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:02.650 1.966 40
14 Yonny Hernandez Avintia 2:02.916 2.232 55
15 Bradley Smith Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.026 2.342 55
16 Michele Pirro Ducati 2:03.203 2.519 32
17 Loris Baz Avintia 2:03.204 2.520 58
18 Tito Rabat Marc VDS 2:03.463 2.779 53
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar 2:03.565 2.881 27
20 Stefan Bradi Aprilia 2:03.978 3.294 39
21 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:04.075 3.391 34


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