MotoGP: Test Results & Photos from Day 1 at Sepang

01/31/2012 @ 10:20 am, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

With rain the night before, MotoGP’s first day of testing in Sepang got off to a late start, with riders not taking to the Malaysian track until well into the day. Noticeably absent from the day’s test was reigning-World Champion Casey Stoner, as the Australian’s back seized during stretching before the first session. Casey is expected to ride Wednesday (Tuesday evening US time), though former-teammate Andrea Dovizioso is a question mark, as the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider was too sick for a media debrief last night.

For the Ducati camp, initial results are looking positive, as the factory Ducati Desmosedici GP12 had its first shakedown from riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. Still recovering from his broken shoulder, Hayden only put in 25 laps on the new GP12 “Phoenix” before calling it a day and letting test rider Franco Bataini finish the day’s testing for him. Rossi on the other hand had a full-day with the Ducati Corse’s GP12, and was already impressed with the bike and the progress Ducati had made with it.

“I’m happy because first impressions are important, and already in the first few laps, I could tell that I like the bike,” said the nine-time World Champion. “Ducati did a good job in a just a short time. The bike is beautiful, but more importantly, it’s nice to ride. The riding position has improved a lot, and it’s better on braking and corner entry. I can brake like I want to and take the lines that I like, and I feel comfortable in general.”

Test Results from Day 1 at Sepang, Malaysia:

Pos. Rider Team Time Diff. Diff. to Leader Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.657 30
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:02.003 +0.346 +0.346 48
3 Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.221 +0.218 +0.564 32
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.234 +0.013 +0.577 28
5 Valentino Rossi Ducati Team 2:02.392 +0.158 +0.735 43
6 Andrea Dovizioso Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:02.751 +0.359 +1.094 20
7 Hector Barbera Pramac Racing Team 2:02.773 +0.022 +1.116 41
8 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Factory 2:02.829 +0.056 +1.172 32
9 Alvaro Bautista San Carlo Honda Gresini 2:02.869 +0.040 +1.212 45
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:03.151 +0.282 +1.494 33
11 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2:03.668 +0.517 +2.011 44
12 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:03.781 +0.113 +2.124 45
13 Franco Bataini Ducati Team 2:04.986 +1.205 +3.329 35
14 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Team 2:07.163 +2.177 +5.506 4
15 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:08.240 +1.077 +6.583 21
16 Jordi Torres Avintia Racing 2:10.671 +2.431 +9.014 42
17 Ivan Silva Avintia Racing 2:11.267 +0.596 +9.610 12

Ducati Corse Testing at Sepang – Day 1

Yamaha Racing Testing at Sepang – Day 1

HRC Testing at Sepang – Day 1

Source: MotoGP; Photos: Ducati, HRC, & Yamaha

  • AC

    I miss seeing Bautista in those electric blue leathers.

  • John

    Looks like Vale is back!!

  • Afletra

    Agree with AC, I hope a well-known factory like SUZUKI will not leave motoGP…and KAWASAKI will back soon too…

  • AK

    is Franco Bataini Ducati’s Third rider or just a test rider ???

  • Test rider.

  • Damo

    Impressive that Hayden cracked the top ten even with nursing a severe injury.

  • Rossi looks comfortable on the Duc for the first time aggressive body lean !!! Sweet looks like 2012 is going to have some racing again!!

  • The new Ducati GP12 has a face that looks like a groper fish that just ate a Honda and didn’t like the taste! Guess trying to digest Hondas was considered more important than looking good.

  • Frod

    there must be something with Casey, 14th?

  • Grant Madden

    Yamaha,4 out of the top 6.Great way to start the season.If I didn,t have a Yamaha I,d be thinking “WTF!!
    Where do we begin to catch up with that?”
    Know what I mean?

  • FPack

    @John ,

    Wouldn’t exactly say “Vale is back!” just yet. In a sport where a tenth of a second over 30 laps is a huge gap, Rossi being 0.7+ on Lorenzo is too early for celebration…though granted this is testing only so he may be keeping some in the bag.

    However I do hope you are right!

  • Halfie 30

    Casey is sand bagging. Playing Vale mind games… LoL

  • Edward K

    The 4th picture in the ducati group should have the caption:

    Rossi: “What the fuck did you just say?”
    Mechanic: “Ummm…. nevermind…. Im sorry.”

  • loki

    Stonerhead had some back problems yesterday, as you see he only did 4 laps. He’ll be back in action today and I’m sure that if he’s fit he’ll be in the top two.

  • Stoner did zero laps on Tuesday. Those laps were done by Kousuke Akiyoshi on Stoner’s bike.