MotoGP: Overall Times from the Sepang (2) Three-Day Test:

02/28/2014 @ 1:17 pm, by David Emmett5 COMMENTS


Valentino Rossi leaves the second Sepang test as fastest overall, after finding a burst of pace early in the day to crack the two-minute barrier. So happy with his progress in testing this year was the Italian that he told the press afterwards he was already seriously considering a contract for 2015 and 2016, as long as his results during race weekends improve along the same lines as his pace in testing.

Dani Pedrosa took second spot, finishing with the same time as Rossi after chasing a time at the end of the day. But the Repsol Honda man had to cede top spot to Rossi, as Rossi had posted faster times during the day.

The clear progress Ducati have made with the GP14 was evident from Andrea Dovizioso’s time, the Italian setting the fastest ever time on a Ducati around the Sepang circuit. Clear improvement on braking and corner entry have made a big difference to the performance of the bike.

Dovizioso set his best time using the factory software, though he later did a long run using the Open configuration, running a string of laps in the high 2’01s and low 2’02s.

Aleix Espargaro was 4th fastest, just a tenth slower than Rossi. Espargaro also posted a long run, in around the same pace as Dovizioso on the Ducati. From the timesheets, both riders appear to have suffered a bit of a drop in tire life at the end of their long runs, the later laps slower than the early laps.

Stefan Bradl took 5th spot, the first of the two satellite Hondas, though a third of a second quicker than Alvaro Bautista. Jorge Lorenzo continues to struggle, though not as badly as on the first two days, closing the gap by half a second. The gap is stil six tenths of a second, though, and that was with Marc Marquez being absent from the test.

Cal Crutchlow also made steady progress with the Ducati, eight tenths behind Rossi, but ahead of the Tech 3 Yamahas of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Smith saved his honor in the battle for Tech 3 supremacy, posting a quick lap at the end of the day to get ahead of his teammate Pol Esparagaro.

The factory teams and satellite teams now pack up and go their separate ways. The factory teams head south to Phillip Island, while the satellite and Open teams ship west to Qatar. The two groups will have their own separate tests, ahead of the start of the 2014 season on March 23.

Overall Times from the Sepang (2) MotoGP Test:

PosRiderBikeTimeDiff.Diff. Previous
1Valentino RossiYamaha M11:59.999
2Dani PedrosaHonda RC213V1:59.9990.0000.000
3Andrea DoviziosoDucati GP142:00.0670.0680.068
4Aleix EspargaroYamaha FTR Open2:00.1010.1020.034
5Stefan BradlHonda RC213V2:00.1640.1650.063
6Alvaro BautistaHonda RC213V2:00.5060.5070.342
7Jorge LorenzoYamaha M12:00.6190.6200.113
8Cal CrutchlowDucati GP142:00.7900.7910.171
9Bradley SmithYamaha M12:00.8040.8050.014
10Pol EspargaroYamaha M12:00.9991.0000.195
11Andrea IannoneDucati GP142:01.1731.1740.174
12Randy De PunietSuzuki Test2:01.4301.4310.257
13Yonny HernandezDucati GP13 Open2:01.4971.4980.067
14Colin EdwardsYamaha FTR Open2:01.7481.7490.251
15Nicky HaydenHonda RCV1000R Open2:01.9241.9250.176
16Michele PirroDucati GP14 Test2:02.0292.0300.105
17Hiroshi AoyamaHonda RCV1000R Open2:02.0702.0710.041
18Hector BarberaAvintia Kawasaki2:02.1492.1500.079
19Scott ReddingHonda RCV1000R Open2:02.2282.2290.079
20Katsuyuki NakasugaYamaha M1 Test2:02.8022.8030.574
21Mike Di MeglioAvintia Kawasaki2:03.4993.5000.697
22Karel AbrahamHonda RCV1000R Open2:04.3044.3050.805
23Nobu AokiSuzuki Test2:06.4826.4832.178

Photo: Yamaha Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • Andrey

    So Dovi is just 7 hundredths of a second behind the leaders AND they Ducati have more engines, more fuel and more freedom to improve during the year! Wow… this could get very interesting… if they can find a few improvements it would really put the cat amongst the pigeons. ;-)

  • Jw

    I really feel for Hayden right now.. Behind every Ducati. I watched every video interview he did during the testing and the look of misery that is clearly more than when he was with Ducati.

  • Poor Nicky gets sacked right when things start to get better for Ducati.

  • Westward

    Maybe Hayden should have stuck with Ducati and been on the bike that Hernandez is on. I think Ducati has treated him better than HRC has. Hayden took a gamble that Honda would have a better bike than Ducati. Hayden was not going to get a factory ride or even a satellite bike. He is getting something much lesser than those options.

    It’s not rocket science, but I would have stuck with Ducati based on shear potential. Audi + Dall’Igna + Budget + Ducati’s determination to be competitive VS. HRC fielding a third tier after thought with no real potential to excell beyond even the satellite status…

    But hey, at least the livery is fetching…

  • bobx

    Maybe Hayden should have stuck with Ducati…

    they let him go. wasnt his choice.