2016 MotoGP Sepang Test Day 3 Results

MotorcycleUSA Staff | February 3, 2016

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took the top-spot on the timesheet in Day 3 of MotoGP testing at Sepang, a run which fell just half a second short of the standing lap record at the circuit. Lorenzo’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, finished Day 3 in second position, nine-tenths behind the 2015 MotoGP champion followed by Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez in third-place.

Temperatures cooled on track following a night of rains, but riders were forced to wait to start the day’s proceedings until the circuit was sufficiently dry. A passing shower in the afternoon stalled testing for another few hours, limiting the ability of some riders to complete their planned testing schedules. In addition to weather delays, the soft option Michelin rear remained off the table following Loris Baz’s high-speed off the previous day.

Jorge Lorenzo Sepang Test 2016 MotoGP

Lorenzo had some kind words for Michelin after the final session and it appears as if he and his technicians are finding a positive direction with the new electronics package as well. His final laps of the day included four rotations in the 1’59 range, a mark no one else on the grid was able match through three days of testing.

“The lap times speak for themselves, they were very good lap times set with new electronics and a hard rear tires, because we can‘t use the soft rear because of what happened yesterday,” Lorenzo said in a team press release. “I‘m very happy with Michelin, because they made a very big step with the feeling with the new front tires. They did a great job, because now the feeling is closer to what we had with last year. Anyway, I felt very comfortable and fast during these three days, I‘m still recovering from this illness that I have and for sure in Phillip Island we will be stronger and able to do a race simulation.”

Rossi was similarly happy with the advancements in tires and electronics, confident that he can up his pace in the coming test at Phillip Island.

Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa, who finished the day sixth-fastest, continued the slow progression ahead, focused on dialing-in the new “evo” engine and searching for improvements in electronic set-ups. LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, fourth-fastest on the day, got the chance to lay down some runs on a version of the 2016 engine as well. Not the most recent, but an earlier spec mill which allowed him to provide feedback to Honda engineers as they seek an acceptable set-up for the start of the season when engine development freezes.

Ducati test rider Casey Stoner finished fastest among all Desmosedici riders in fifth-place.

“All in all it’s been a very good few days for us, and I’m surprised myself that I was able to do three days of testing,” said Stoner in a Ducati release. “Physically I feel great at the moment, but I’m sure I won’t tomorrow! It’s been a really positive test, not only because we worked well with the bike, but also because I was able to get back up to speed right away. Today wasn’t too bad, even though we didn’t get to do a lot of laps. Two exits this morning comparing two different geometry settings, but then the rain came so we weren’t able to complete the tests. After the rain we finally got a bit of dry track time but struggled a bit with rear grip and spent too much time trying to find a balance again to move on. But as I said I’m really happy with the way things have gone, and working with Gigi (Dall’Igna) and the team has been really fantastic!”

Octo Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci ended Session 3 in seventh followed by Ducati’s Andrea Iannone in eighth and Octo’s Scott Redding in ninth. Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales rounded out the top-10.

2016 MotoGP Sepang Test Day 3 Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’59.580
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’00.556
3. Marc Marquez (Honda) 2’00.883
4. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 2’00.992
5. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 2’01.070
6. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’01.161
7. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 2’01.217
8. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 2’01.223
9. Scott Redding (Ducati) 2’01.229
10. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 2’01.244
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’01.434
12. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 2’01.623
13. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2’01.675
14. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 2’01.774
15. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 2’01.870
16. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 2’01.918
17. Loris Baz (Ducati) 2’02.541
18. Stefan Bradl (Aprilia) 2’02.792
19. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) 2’02.940
20. Tito Rabat (Honda) 2’03.183
21. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) 2’03.183
22. Eugene Laverty (Ducati) 2’03.519

2016 MotoGP Sepang Combined Test Results
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’59.580 – Session 3
2. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 2’00.095 – Session 2
3. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’00.387 – Session 2
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’00.556 – Session 3
5. Marc Marquez (Honda) 2’00.843 – Session 2
6. Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 2’00.899 – Session 2
7. Scott Redding (Ducati) 2’01.049 – Session 2
8. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 2’01.052 – Session 2
9. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 2’01.070 – Session 3
10. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 2’01.107 – Session 2
11. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’01.161 – Session 3
12. Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) 2’01.244 – Session 3
13. Aleix Espargaro (Suzuki) 2’01.623 – Session 3
14. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 2’01.644 – Session 2
15. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2’01.675 – Session 3
16. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 2’01.870 – Session 3
17. Tito Rabat (Honda) 2’02.328 – Session 2
18. Stefan Bradl (Aprilia) 2’02.372 – Session 2
19. Loris Baz (Ducati) 2’02.541 – Session 3
20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) 2’02.691 – Session 2
21. Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) 2’02.876 – Session 2
22. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 2’03.203 – Session 1
23. Eugene Laverty (Ducati) 2’03.519 – Session 3