Marquez sets quickest ever lap at Sepang to top first official Moto GP test

By | February 6, 2015
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft(Symmetric), Medium (Asymmetric) and Hard (Symmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard
Weather: Dry. Ambient 29-32°C; Track 34-53°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Sepang, 6 Feb 2015: Current World Champion Marc Marquez emphatically underlined his title credentials for the upcoming season by setting a scorching time of 1’58.867 at the first MotoGP™ group test of 2015 at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit.
According to a Bridgestone Press Release here on Friday, in cool conditions on the morning of the final day, Repsol Honda’s Marquez was the first ever rider to lap the Sepang circuit in the 1’58 bracket to ultimately set a time 0.139 seconds quicker than his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was second quickest in Malaysia. Third quickest overall was Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, with the Italian rider relishing his graduation to the factory Ducati team with lap time of 1’59.388, over 1.3 seconds quicker than his best time in last year’s opening group test.
Thirty riders – including a total of five test riders from Aprilia, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha – took part in the first group test of 2015, completing a total of 4429 laps (24,550 kilometres) on Bridgestone tyres. The gap in lap time from the quickest to slowest rider at the first Sepang test was 7.323 seconds.
Fine and dry conditions presented themselves during the three days of the test, with a peak track temperature of 53°C recorded on the afternoon of the second day. Track conditions were usual for Sepang, with only moderate grip levels and certain sections of the circuit being quite bumpy, but the combination of fine weather, the latest MotoGP machinery and Bridgestone’s 2015 specification tyres resulted in the test being run at record pace. The slightly cooler conditions on the morning of the final day allowed the riders to extract maximum performance from their tyres, with the top seven riders on the timesheets able to set times in the 1’59 bracket.
All front and rear slick compound choices were utilised by riders over the three days and Bridgestone will now analyse the data acquired to incorporate into their tyre development programme for the 2015 season. Bridgestone will be back in Sepang for the second MotoGP™ official test which will take place from February 23-25.
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“This was a successful first group test and I am happy with the feedback we received from the riders on our 2015 specification tyres. Our technical objectives for this test were to give the riders some newly developed tyres based on our learnings from last year, while also ensuring that we provided a softer rear tyre allocation to cope with the increased performance of the current Open-class machines. I am happy to say that we achieved all our objectives, and despite track conditions not being ideal, the pace set over the three days was very impressive. We now look forward to continuing our good work at Sepang in a few weeks’ time.”
Sepang I MotoGP™ Group Test – combined lap times
Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Gap Total laps
1
Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’58.867
181
2
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’59.006 0.139
138
3
Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 1’59.388 0.521
160
4
Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’59.401 0.534
169
5
Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’59.624 0.757
166
6
Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’59.851 0.984
162
7
Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’59.874 1.007
128
8
Stefan BRADL Forward Racing Team 2’00.294 1.427
156
9
Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’00.384 1.517
153
10
Aleix ESPARGARO Team Suzuki MotoGP 2’00.486 1.619
137
11
Cal CRUTCHLOW CWM LCR Honda 2’00.536 1.669
190
12
Maverick VIÑALES Team Suzuki MotoGP 2’00.964 2.097
176
13
Danilo PETRUCCI Pramac Racing 2’00.970 2.103
153
14
Hiroshi AOYAMA HRC 2’01.029 2.162
176
15
Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 2’01.183 2.316
154
16
Michele PIRRO Pramac Racing 2’01.232 2.365
150
17
Scott REDDING Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2’01.263 2.396
182
18
Nicky HAYDEN Drive M7 Aspar 2’01.508 2.641
144
19
Loris BAZ Forward Racing Team 2’01.624 2.757
156
20
Jack MILLER CWM LCR Honda 2’01.895 3.028
166
21
Alvaro  BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’01.924 3.057
157
22
Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia Racing 2’02.128 3.261
149
23
Karel  ABRAHAM AB Motoracing 2’02.297 3.43
140
24
Eugene  LAVERTY Drive M7 Aspar 2’02.334 3.467
149
25
Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha Factory Test Team 2’02.363 3.496
109
26
Takumi  TAKAHASHI HRC 2’03.113 4.246
201
27
Alex DE ANGELIS Octo Ioda Racing Team 2’03.399 4.532
125
28
Marco MELANDRI Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’03.641 4.774
156
29
Takuya TSUDA Team Suzuki MotoGP 2’05.478 6.611
18
30
Michael LAVERTY Aprilia Test Team 2’06.190 7.323
28

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