2015 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 1 Press Releases

Press releases from some of the teams after the first day of testing at Sepang:

Marquez fastest on day one in Sepang with Pedrosa fifth

2014 World Champion Marc Marquez has begun 2015 as he ended 2014, on the top of the time sheets. Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished less than half a second behind Marc after suffering a small crash when he lost the front in turn nine on his last exit but fortunately remained uninjured and the bike had very little damage.

It was a frantic start to the day as the riders were evidently eager to get out on track after the long winter break. The Repsol Honda riders were fast from the beginning of the session as they set to work comparing the various bikes HRC have brought for this test. Both spent the day evaluating the different versions of the RC213V and it was Marc who finished this first day on top with his time of 2’00.262 on lap 62 of 63. Dani was just 0.483 behind Marc with his fastest time of 2’00.745 (lap 25 of 45).

The test resumes tomorrow at 10am local time.

Marc Marquez

1st - 2’00.262 (63 laps)

"I'm glad to finally get back on the bike. It's been a hard day and at the same time very positive, because on the first day after the winter break you have to regain confidence with the bike and adapt to the feeling of the MotoGP machine again. We tried three different bikes today, and this has been very important. I focused on testing them thoroughly and deciding which bike was the ideal one to continue working with at this test, and then this afternoon we focused more on one of the machines. I was able to start riding better and feel more comfortable on the bike. There are still many things to try at this test, so we have to remain calm like we did today and keep working."

Dani Pedrosa

5th - 2’00.745 (45 laps)

"I'm happy with the work we have done today on the first day of testing, because we were able to get back on the bike and we had a good pace. It went pretty well and I think we have improved the bike compared to the one we tested it at Valencia. We had a lot of work to do and it has been positive to have a good first day: it was important and we are happy with what we have achieved. There is still more to do, but we have taken a good first step. Tomorrow we'll see if we can continue moving things forward."

Strong Start for Yamaha at First Day of Pre-Season Testing

After more than two months of waiting, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo make a strong start at the first of a three-day pre-season Official IRTA test at Sepang, finishing second and third in today’s session times.

What started as a slightly cool morning for Malaysian standards turned into a scorching hot and sunny afternoon with plenty of action. Clearly eager to get going back aboard his YZR-M1, Rossi came prepared with a special Sepang Test helmet and showed that this year he’ll once again be one of the top protagonists. As the pace of the field started to pick up, he battled teammate Jorge Lorenzo, and rivals Andrea Dovizioso, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa for the top billing until, with almost three hours into the session, he cruised to the top the leader board. Clocking an impressive 2’00.380s lap, he is already less than 0.9 of second off last year’s fastest pre-season test time of 1’59.533s.

Like his teammate, Lorenzo was riding similar YZR-M1 machines to the prototypes they tested at Valencia at the end of the 2014 season and was also right on the pace. After familiarising himself with the bike again, the Spaniard steadily booked progress and made it a provisional Yamaha 1-2 when he posted a 2’00.521s, just +0.141s off Rossi.

Both riders took a break in the afternoon before returning to the track for a second stint. Rossi and Lorenzo spent the remaining two hours of testing usefully as they focused on further improving their set-up. Their times remained unchanged and they finished in second and third place respectively.

Valentino Rossi

2nd / 2'00.380 / 57 laps

“It’s a positive first day and I’m very excited to be back on the bike. Today has been really good because I was consistently fast in both the morning and afternoon. We worked a lot on trying to improve our pace with a used tyre, but it’s already quite good. The bike is good and with the new tyre we were able to attack and ride a good lap time. At the end I was in second place just behind Marquez, but not by far. It looks like the bike has improved in different areas. We still have a lot of work to do but the first day was ok.”

Jorge Lorenzo

3rd / 2'00.521 / 55 laps

It’s a completely different story from last year, when we had a lot of problems, to now arrive here and feel comfortable on the bike and also with our position in the classification lap time-wise. This year we’ve been at the front from the beginning, in first three positions, and that means that the bike is working. My physical condition is very good. I feel strong, but the first day is always difficult. You have to use different muscles that you don’t usually use at the gym or during your preparations, so you always get tired. However, compared to the normal pre-season I’m feeling well. Sepang is not our best track, but to have two Yamaha's in the top three is a good signal.”

Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director -

“It’s great to be back on track and working towards the start of the season in the best possible way. Both Valentino and Jorge are in great physical shape and fully motivated, it is as if they never stopped riding! The main target for this test is to leave at the end confident in the development direction we want to take. Our starting point today has been the bike from the last test in Valencia, it is important to know that what the riders felt there also works here in Sepang. From today it seems that this is correct. It’s only day one and we are shaking off the cobwebs but it's a good way to start. We are testing some small things also as the details are very important and we will continue to work through our programme for the next few days.”

he wait is over for Tech3 pair as Sepang test begins brightly

Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Pol Espargaro kicked off his 2015 campaign with a strong opening run to finish in sixth position on the first day of testing at the Sepang International circuit in Malaysia. Today's action saw the MotoGP riders back on track for the first time in over two months as the pre-season got into full swing in dry conditions. The 2014 rookie of the year wasted no time in getting up to speed straight away and after tirelessly undertaking 55 laps, he set his quickest time of 2'00.930 on the 29th lap to leave him in sixth and fastest of the satellite MotoGP bikes. His bright start highlighted his firm intent for the 2015 season as his time was a mere four tenths of a second from the top three.

Meanwhile, Britain's Bradley Smith concluded the first day of the 2015 pre season campaign with a ride to ninth place and a best lap of 2'01.707 whilst experimenting with setup options as he looks to continue building up his speed in the following test sessions. The young British rider completed 52 laps of the famous Sepang circuit as he set his quickest time half way through the day on lap 27, aboard the 2015 specification Yamaha YZR-M1. With two more testing days to follow, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider optimistically looks to lower his lap time whilst he sets about establishing a strong base setup to contest the forthcoming season opener in Qatar at the end of March.

Pol Espargaro

6th / 2'00.930 / 55 laps

“It was really nice to be back on track today. Just to be on my Yamaha again and to feel the speed of the M1 has already made me happy. Aside from this, we had a constructive day and I set a good time. I tried to lower my time towards the end of the session, but the track was quite slippery which prevented me from progressing further. However, my rhythm is promising and I remain positive for the next two days. We were able to improve in the key areas that we wanted to, when compared to last season, so I'm already excited to continue testing tomorrow morning. Furthermore, I am able to say that my physical condition has improved a lot from last season when I first rode the bike. This is because my preparation for 2015 with training has been different, yet additionally, I'm also riding smoother, which does not require as much strength. Therefore I could take advantage of the full test time, which had not been the case last year on the opening day.”

Bradley Smith

9th / 2'01.707 / 52 laps

“I am happy to have jumped back on the Yamaha today and having completed 52 laps we were able to get a good feeling with the M1 after such a long time off the bike, which is positive start. This week is just going to be a case of providing general feedback because my leg has not quite recovered from the injury, which means that I don't think I will be able to push for really fast lap times. Nevertheless, I am sure that we can still find a good pace plus firm our direction to head towards and in the future we will try new solutions with electronics and geometry settings. I was able to evaluate bike 1 and bike 2 which both had slightly different setups, but the overall feedback was encouraging for both. The track conditions are a bit better than when we visited here for the GP last year and although it's hotter and there is less grip than in Valencia, the improvements that I felt in Spain with the 2015 bike have certainly continued here. Overall, I am pleased with today's performance, plus the new bike for this year is a good step forward which I am very satisfied about. I want to thank Yamaha for giving Pol and I this opportunity and I look forward to tomorrow.”

Stefan Bradl is the fastest Open bike in Sepang

The first day of testing has ended positively for Team Forward Racing as Stefan Bradl sits on top of the standings for Open bikes.

The German rider has continued his work to adapt to the Forward Yamaha bike completing 58 laps with a best time of 2'01.556, which earned him the eighth place overall, just a second short of leader Marquez.

It was a productive day also for his teammate Loris Baz, who completed 66 laps, stopping the clock at 2'04.163.

Stefan Bradl

8th / 2'01.556 / 58 laps

“It has been a very positive first day. The lap time is good and finding yourself at the end of the session in the top ten is definitely a good start. The feeling is also pretty good, although I have yet to learn to take the right confidence with the Magneti Marelli software. I have in front of me two more days of work and I'm sure I can find a good setting to be immediately fast in the first race.”

Loris Baz

25th / 2'04.163 / 66 laps

“The feeling at the end of this first day is positive. I completed 66 laps and my work continues in a positive direction. I still need to find the right confidence and position on the bike but we are growing up quickly. We still have two days of work to find the right feeling.”

Positive start for Avintia Racing in Malaysia

Avintia Racing MotoGP – Winter Test 2015 – Sepang 1

The MotoGP 2015 preseason has started today in Sepang International Circuit and Avintia Racing team riders went back to work after two months without riding their bikes. Hector Barbera and Mike Di Meglio got on their brand new Ducati Desmosedici GP14 Open and both used this first day to get the feeling back and try to adapt the bikes to their riding styles. Barbera was fast from the start as he had been riding this bike in the last part of the season, but he didn’t attack to get a lap time. Di Meglio needs more time to adapt him self to the bike, as he still have the reference and feeling from the bike he used last year in Sepang

HECTOR BARBERA #8 18º 2’02.700 / @HectorBarbera

It was a very positive day, I had good feeling with the bike and the electronics improved a lot, although we had to work on it to get the best set up. Maybe we should try to get a lap time at the end, but I’m happy with the team and how everything worked after two months. The first day is always like this, in the beginning the bike seemed really fast, but then I wanted more power. Overall was a good day. The worst part was the chatter, so we have to work on that area during the next days.

MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 22º 2’03.878 / @Mikejpp63

Today was an important day to get back the pace and the feeling with the bike. I felt quite good, but I still not comfortable when I try to push as I’ll like. We go the maximum information and tomorrow I hope to make another step. The bike is much better compared with the one I rode last season, but is difficult because I still have the feeling from the old one in my head. We have to work hard, I need be more aggressive with this bike. Tomorrow we’ll work to improve the stability and also in mi riding position to try to get more comfortable.

Positive start for Ducati Team in first 2015 tests at Sepang

After a winter break of more than two months, the Ducati Team’s 2015 season got underway today with the first IRTA test session at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The Borgo Panigale-based team, which this year lines up in the MotoGP World Championship with the all-Italian rider pairing of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, are tackling these first tests in Malaysia with an updated version of the Desmosedici, the GP14.3, in view of the arrival of the new GP15 which is scheduled to make its debut, again at Sepang, in the second IRTA test session from 23 to 25 February.

Today Dovizioso and Iannone worked methodically through their testing schedule, concentrating above all on the chassis and the electronics set-up of their GP14.3 bikes, as well as gathering useful information that will be transferred to the new bike.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2’00.617 (4th), 41 laps

“I’m really happy about today because the track was luckily in a good condition and we were able to start in the right way to test what we wanted. We tried some set-ups for the chassis and the electronics, and from the beginning my feeling was very good today. I like Sepang a lot: I always manage to go well here and our speed is really good compared to that of our rivals. I am still using last year’s bike, with several important updates, but I’m really curious to try the new bike at the end of the month. The GP15 will be quite different from this one, but all the work we are doing is useful feedback for the new bike, and so the work in these three days is very important

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 2’01.424 (7th), 59 laps

“These tests are for sure very important for our future, and here we have brought the Desmosedici GP14.3 evolution, which has been updated with several new parts and this allows us to adjust the chassis more. I am happy because finally I’m back on the bike again after last year’s test, I can shake the rust off, and it’s always a big emotion every time I get back on my Ducati. Today was a positive day because we managed to try some things that will also be useful in the future. Everyone lapped really fast on the first day: we only used our hard tyre and I am quite happy with my time. For sure there is room for improvement, but it wasn’t bad for the first day.”


CWM-LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow declared himself satisfied after the opening day of the February tests at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

The South East Asian country has become the destination of choice for pre-season testing sessions in recent years and, once again, there was a full turn-out from the MotoGP paddock on Tuesday.

Crutchlow continued his familiarisation with his factory spec Honda RC213V after having had the winter off and put in a solid shift of 61 laps, his best being his 34th of the day which was recorded at 2’01.713.

That put in him tenth place on the timesheets and, although he conceded there was still work to be done to improve his feel on the bike and when using new tyres, the Briton insisted he was pleased with how things had gone and delighted to be back out on the track on his Honda.

Cal Crutchlow #35 (10th, 2’01.713, 61 laps)

“Today was obviously a good familiarisation day from my point of view with CWM-LCR Honda Team. We got back to working ways quite well.

“I was happy but really rusty from the winter off. We did a good job, we made a lot of laps on used tyres and the lap time was the same as what I did with the new tyres, so we need to keep improving with the new tyre and be able to feel a little bit more comfortable on the bike.

“In the last run we seemed to have some sort of problem to not be able to take advantage of the lap time, but I was happy overall and it was nice to get back on the bike in Malaysia today.”


CWM-LCR Honda rider Jack Miller expressed his happiness after a very encouraging opening day of the February tests at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The South East Asian country has become the destination of choice for pre-season testing sessions in recent years and, once again, there was a full turn-out from the MotoGP paddock on Tuesday.

Miller, who has moved up to the premier class after finishing second in last year’s Moto3 championship, continued his impressive adaptation to his new Open category RC213V-RS as he put in a stint of 59 laps.

He improved throughout the day, his best lap being his 53rd which was clocked at 2’02.807. The Queenslander insisted there was still plenty of room for improvement over the next couple of days, but was left excited by his progress on 2015 package.

Jack Miller #43 (19th, 2’02.807, 59 laps)

“I’m very happy with the result today, we started off where we left things at the end of last year and I’m really happy with how the bike is working.

“The team is working great as always and today we tested many things. Without electronics, I’m still trying to adjust my riding style to fit the MotoGP bike and tomorrow we might be able to start working with some electronics and start making some more steps forward.

“For today we are really happy. We are learning to conserve the tyres better and making a good job and looking forward to the rest of the test.”

First testing day at Sepang. Pirro and Petrucci respectively 12th and 13th

After a two-month winter break, the 2014 season of Pramac Racing Team got underway with the first day of testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Danilo Petrucci is the new face of Pramac Racing. The italian rider took the place of Andrea Iannone, landed in Ducati Official.

Due to a crash while practicing in dirt track, Yonny Hernandez got injured and was forced to miss the first testing activity at Sepang. Hernandez suffered of left shoulder dislocation. The exams showed microfractures without any lesion to ligaments and tendons. The rehab process has already started to let him ride his 14.2 in the second test of Sepang scheduled 23rd-26th February. Ducati test-rider Michele Pirro has replaced Yonny Hernandez..

Danilo Petrucci spent the morning session of the first testing day working not only on the set up but even trying to grew up his feeling with the 14.1, noching up a lot of mileage (32 laps completed in the morning, 51 at the end of the day) on a difficoult track as the Sepang one and always placing around the 10th position. In the afternoon, a technical problem has delayed the work of the team, forcing him to change bike. Petrucci tried to set a quicker time with the soft tires but he had just one lap recording a time of 2'02'136 which earnerd him the 13th position.

Michele Pirro and the team worked on the development of new softwares. He managed to complete 51 setting a quick time of 2'01'951 for the 12th position in the timesheet.

Danilo Petrucci - Pramac Racing Team #9 - 13rd (2.02'136)

"After the Valencia test I could not wait to get back on track. I enjoyed it, especially during the morning session. The bike had the right pace, and the team did a good job. In the afternoon I struggled a lot in the heat, then we had to face some problems. But i'm quite satisfied: it's only the first day. My fast time? Probably it could be a little better, but i had only run with the soft tyre to lap quicker. Anyway i like the way the team works and feel good with my crew chief Daniele Romagnoli. It 'important to be there among the others because the battle between the seventh and the fifteenth place will be very tough. I would still like to thank the team who did a wonderful job despite the drawbacks. Tomorrow? I do not expect anything and i don't want to put more pressure. I know I can do well if i'm calm and focused".

Michele Pirro - Ducati test-rider - Pramac Racing #51 - 12th (2.01'136)

"I'm happy to be riding again after two months. I haven't been running on this track for over a year and this was the first real test with the 14.2. Morover it's the first time I work with Giacomo Guidotti and the technicians of Pramac Racing. Throughout the day the feeling with both the bike and the team went growing up. We worked a lot on the electronics and we hope to gain as much information as possible for the future".


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