Marquez Reigns at Sepang II MotoGP Test | Bridgestone Analysis

Marquez Reigns at Sepang II MotoGP Test | Bridgestone Analysis
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez
Marquez Reigns at Sepang II MotoGP Test | Bridgestone Analysis
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez

When the three-day Sepang II MotoGP preseason test begin, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was in usual form. The two-time MotoGP Champion struggled with brake issues aboard his RC213V, finishing an un-Marquez like sixth, 0.776 of a second off the top rider, Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

But the 21-year-old Marquez wasted no time during day two and day three, leading both days. His top lap occurred the final day – Wednesday – with a 1:59.115 around the Malaysian circuit.

When the test wrapped up, Marquez, who also led the opening Sepang I test, was 0.322 of a second ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo. Finishing third overall was a surprise – CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, whose top time was a 1:59.658 aboard the RC213V.

Due to extremely hot temperatures, traction was minimal, but some moments of cooler conditions allowed greasy conditions to subside. This challenged 27 riders – 25-full-time pilots and two test riders (Ducati’s Michele Pirro and Yamaha’s Katsuyuki Nakasuga.

All together, riders collectively completed 3811 laps on Bridgestone rubber – 618 less that Sepang 1. Bridgestone reports that the gap in lap time from the quickest (Marc Marques) to slowest rider (Marco Melandri, Aprilia Gresini) was 4.454 seconds.

Speaking of the conditions, Bridgestone, whose contract as the spec tire for MotoGP ends at the conclusion of 2015, reports “With the well-worn Sepang circuit offering little grip, the riders preferred to use softer rubber compounds over the three days. The most popular tyre were the symmetric soft and asymmetric medium compound rear slicks, and the medium compound front slick. Over the course of the two MotoGP group tests at Sepang, the general consensus of the riders is that Bridgestone’s latest race tires offer improved, consistent performance with high levels of feel and usability.”

Masao Azuma, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department, also commented: “Over the last three days we’ve had quite extreme conditions but our tyre allocation enabled the riders to lap at a quick and consistent pace. The rain on day one of the test gave the riders the chance to work on their wet set up and it also provided the rookie riders a valuable opportunity to sample our wet tires.

“Following on the good feedback we received at the first Sepang test, the riders were again happy with the performance of our 2015 specification tires and we were able to collect some good information that we can use adjust our tyre allocation for this season. We have just concluded two successful tests at Sepang and I am now looking forward to a productive test at Qatar next month.”

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2015 Sepang II MotoGP Test Overall Results:

Rider Team  Time Gap Total Laps
Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’59.115 179
Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’59.437 0.322 177
Cal CRUTCHLOW CWM LCR Honda 1’59.658 0.543 159
Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 1’59.722 0.607 147
Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’59.833 0.718 173
Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’59.883 0.768 142
Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 2’00.048 0.797 155
Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 2’00.244 1.129 144
Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 2’00.250 1.135 121
Aleix ESPARGARO Team Suzuki MotoGP 2’00.275 1.160 146
Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’00.490 1.375 121
Danilo PETRUCCI Pramac Racing 2’00.556 1.441 143
Yonny HERNANDEZ Pramac Racing 2’00.603 1.488 122
Maverick VIÑALES Team Suzuki MotoGP 2’00.604 1.489 154
Stefan BRADL Forward Racing Team 2’00.685 1.570 140
Scott REDDING Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS 2’00.695 1.580 162
Nicky HAYDEN Drive M7 Aspar 2’00.813 1.698 141
Michele PIRRO Ducati Test Team 2’00.875 1.760 124
Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’01.310 2.195 144
Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia Racing 2’01.487 2.372 104
Karel ABRAHAM AB Motoracing 2’01.536 2.421 98
Jack MILLER CWM LCR Honda 2’01.593 2.478 140
Eugene LAVERTY Drive M7 Aspar 2’01.815 2.700 156
Loris BAZ Forward Racing Team 2’02.426 3.311 115
Alex DE ANGELIS Octo Ioda Racing Team 2’03.300 4.185 143
Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha Factory Test Team 2’03.337 4.222 127
Marco MELANDRI Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’03.569 4.454 134