2016 Sepang MotoGP Tuesday Test Times Final: Petrucci Fastest Early, Lorenzo Fastest Late

Danilo Petrucci kept his place at the top of the timesheets on Tuesday, the Pramac Ducati rider having set a fast time in the morning. Only a few riders improved in the afternoon, when the riders were forced to use the harder tire after Loris Baz' blowout on the main straight. Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man on a hard tire, while Cal Crutchlow also made a big step forward with hard rubber.

Times at the end of Tuesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP15 2:00.095    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 2:00.155 0.060 0.060
3 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14.2 2:00.387 0.292 0.232
4 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2:00.843 0.748 0.456
5 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.899 0.804 0.056
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:01.021 0.926 0.122
7 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP15 2:01.049 0.954 0.028
8 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP16 2:01.052 0.957 0.003
9 27 Casey Stoner Ducati GP15 Test 2:01.103 1.008 0.051
10 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 2:01.107 1.012 0.004
11 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.421 1.326 0.314
12 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2:01.475 1.380 0.054
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 2:01.644 1.549 0.169
14 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP16 2:01.723 1.628 0.079
15 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 2:01.992 1.897 0.269
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 2:02.092 1.997 0.100
17 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 2:02.328 2.233 0.236
18 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.372 2.277 0.044
19 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP14.2 2:02.611 2.516 0.239
20 21 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 Test 2:02.691 2.596 0.080
21 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia RS-GP 2:02.876 2.781 0.185

 

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Has he realised that a calmer approach to testing will be more productive towards getting his Honda to work for him this year?

I can't wait to see what Danilo can do this year. The GP15 is a good bike, he should be fighting with Crutchlow and the Tech 3s for top 5s this year.

Petrucci setting that time so early and it holding up is very impressive. Good to see Stoner out there as well. He is looking very solid when riding. His time is excellent for someone being out of the mix for so long. Definitely on pace to give good feed back to Ducati about the bike being pushed to top level of performance.

In 9th!!! Stunning!!! You havent been ridding in how long and your still that fast. Im speechless!!!

Michelin have had this problem for many years on their street tyres.
A long time ago stunters used the old Michelin Makadam tyres for doing looong rolling burnouts but as soon as the new Pilot Road hit the streets they started to throw chunks of rubber as soon as the tyre started to heat up. Same with the front tyres. I really thought they had learned their lessons by now..

And I am a michelin guy....

... the pilot road is not a tyre intended for doing long rolling burnouts.

its a sport-touring tyre.

No tyre is made to do long rolling burnouts but that was not the point. The point was that when it heated up ( like it would have done on a racetrack ) it fell apart like no other brand does. And they still do.

... you're comparing a road-biased sports touring tyre.

No, no tyre is designed for burnouts, but the Pilot Roads are definitely not designed for that sort of abuse. They are designed for long distances on road, under road conditions. Not sports usage and certainly not burnouts.

If you operate any tyre outside of its design operating parameters then there are likely to be problems.

Delamination under long rolling burnouts is not a failing of the Pilot Roads any more than delamination due to under-inflation under race conditions is with the MotoGP spec tyres.

So cool just to see Stoner's name in that list, and not touring around either. One second behind the fastest time, already in this early stage, well done mate. Ik hope you had enough fun to do some more.

Man watching live and seeing Dylan Gray react to the crash!? Too much! You didn't even have to see it! Just HEARING the crash and knowing where it took place, it must have been horrific! Maybe it was just me but it almost seemed like you could actually hear the "pop" of the tire, but maybe just my imagination. So glad Baz (miraculously) was able to walk away. I know these guys are pros and this is what testing is for but I don't know how any of em could jump back on with the soft option and block that out. Serious stones!