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.RiderTeamTimeDiff.Diff. to LeaderLaps
1Jorge LorenzoYamaha Factory Racing2:01.65730
2Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda Team2:02.003+0.346+0.34648
3Cal CrutchlowMonster Yamaha Tech 32:02.221+0.218+0.56432
4Ben SpiesYamaha Factory Racing2:02.234+0.013+0.57728
5Valentino RossiDucati Team2:02.392+0.158+0.73543
6Andrea DoviziosoMonster Yamaha Tech 32:02.751+0.359+1.09420
7Hector BarberaPramac Racing Team2:02.773+0.022+1.11641
8Katsuyuki NakasugaYamaha Factory2:02.829+0.056+1.17232
9Alvaro BautistaSan Carlo Honda Gresini2:02.869+0.040+1.21245
10Nicky HaydenDucati Team2:03.151+0.282+1.49433
11Stefan BradlLCR Honda2:03.668+0.517+2.01144
12Karel AbrahamCardion AB Motoracing2:03.781+0.113+2.12445
13Franco BatainiDucati Team2:04.986+1.205+3.32935
14Casey StonerRepsol Honda Team2:07.163+2.177+5.5064
15Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward Racing2:08.240+1.077+6.58321
16Jordi TorresAvintia Racing2:10.671+2.431+9.01442
17Ivan SilvaAvintia Racing2:11.267+0.596+9.61012

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.