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Marc Marquez Concludes Sepang Test On Top

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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The second official test in Malaysia has concluded with World Champion Marc Marquez fastest after three days.

The riders wasted no time in taking to the Sepang track this morning at 10am and the customary time attack ensued whilst track conditions and ambient temperatures are more bearable.

With several riders posting times under 2‰Ûª00, Marc laid down the fastest lap with his time of 1‰Ûª59.115 on lap 13 of 73 (the most laps by any rider today) and this time remained unbeaten for the remainder of this final day.

Marques evaluated two chassis options and worked on engine mapping before completing a very positive race simulation this afternoon with only three laps above 2‰Ûª00.

"I'm happy because this morning we set a good lap, which is something important, but mostly I am pleased that we have completed all the work we had left pending from the first day." Marquez explained. "We're finished today with our homework done and I even had time to do a race simulation this afternoon, with a track temperature of 49å¡C.

"We have accomplished all the objectives we had set for this test, and now at the Qatar test our work will be more focused on the Grand Prix and fine tuning the setup of the bike. I do not think there are many more new things to try."
Jorge Lorenzo was the leading Yamaha with the second fastest lap time overall
Movistar Yamaha and former world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished with the second fastest lap time, just over three tenths of a second slower than Marquez's fastest lap. After three days of solid testing, Lorenzo opted not to complete a full race simulation as original planned for the afternoon.

‰ÛÏWell today I got the best lap time in Sepang ever for me, two tenths faster than the first test." Lorenzo commented. "The track was in worse condition than before so the bike has improved quite a bit. Also we made a lot of laps in the 2‰Ûª00 time.

"At 3:30pm we tried a race simulation in the highest temperature I‰Ûªve ever ridden here in Sepang; it was really difficult to keep a good lap time and pace, the bike felt not so good with so much temperature. I decided to stop as I wasn't feeling confident in braking.

"Everyone did a simulation at this time of day so I think they all had problems also. In general I think it's been a very positive test and our engineers have collected enough information and data to make further improvements for the next test in Qatar and especially for the first race of the season, at the end of March.

"I look forward to getting on board my M1 in two weeks while in the meantime I will keep on working and training hard, as usual, for the best possible start of the season.‰Û
Cal Crutchlow fired in a sensational lap time on a circuit that is certainly not one of his favorites
Cal Crutchlow showed that the LCR team will be one to be reckoned with in 2015 setting the third fastest time with a 1‰Ûª59.658.

‰ÛÏFor a track that I dislike, that‰Ûªs my fastest ever lap around here by nearly eight-tenths of a second." Crutchlow stated. "I felt good and comfortable on the bike, and it‰Ûªs not a bad lap considering the conditions of the circuit today.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy enough with how things are, but I still need to improve my riding style. The corner speed isn‰Ûªt too bad, but although straight line braking is good, the other riders can take more risks than me in the moments just after. That‰Ûªs a confidence thing though, and as the exit from the corners isn‰Ûªt too bad I still think there is more to come.

‰ÛÏIn my earlier race simulation we didn‰Ûªt have any braking power with the bike - exactly the same problem as Marc Marquez had earlier this week. As I have said we have been struggling with corner entry as it was, but I was still really riding well in my long run, it felt quite good but I was losing a second maybe on some laps just from being unable to stop with the brakes.‰Û
Andrea Iannone quickly came to grips with his all new Ducati over the course of the three days of testing.
Andrea Iannone ensured three manufactures were represented in the top four with the fourth fastest lap aboard his all new Factory Ducati, edging out Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Avintia Racing's Hector Barber as these riders filled out the 5th - 8th best laps times respectively.

"For sure these were three positive days, because we arrived in Malaysia with a totally new bike, without ever having tried it before, and we succeeded in lapping pretty quickly and without any reliability problems." Iannone enthused.

"The GP15 took to the track for the first time on Monday, and so I‰Ûªm happy with the way it‰Ûªs improved in such a short period of time. Today we focused on testing various types of setting on the bike, trying to improve the feeling but above all the grip and corner turn-in.

"There‰Ûªs still a lot of work to do, but I‰Ûªm happy with this first contact with the new bike.‰Û
The Suzuki MotoGp team continue to head in the right direction at each test
Suzuki Moto GP team concluded a great three days of testing that saw the team edge ever closer to the established teams of MotoGP. Aleix Espargaro ensured the Suzuki registered a time inside the top ten for the third successive day with the ninth fastest time and only just over one second off the pace of front runner Marquez.

‰ÛÏWe are satisfied with today‰Ûªs results, we ran a lot in hot conditions because yesterday we had some issues with those conditions with more than 50 laps." Espargaro commented. "Today we ran a lot with 60å¡ closing laps in 2.01.

"I‰Ûªm very, very happy with the improvements on the pace. I‰Ûªm missing the fast lap because with the two soft tyres I made a couple of mistakes.

‰ÛÏThe bike is very improved, we worked a lot on electronic set-up and to find a better configuration of the traction control, which gave good results and let us cut one second off our time. We also worked on traction out of corners and it was important to verify the bike‰Ûªs behaviour in hot conditions because they are similar to race conditions. We still have a lot of work to do but I‰Ûªm confident and aware that I‰Ûªm in a Factory team with a lot of people working hard to do the best job.‰Û
Aussie Jack Miller is fast coming to grips with his LCR Honda
Final Day Test Results:
1 - MARQUEZ Marc - 93 - SPA - Repsol Honda Team - 1‰Ûª59.115
2 - LORENZO Jorge - 99 - SPA - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1‰Ûª59.437
3 - CRUTCHLOW Cal - 35 - GBR - CWM LCR Honda - 1‰Ûª59.658
4 - IANNONE Andrea - 29 - ITA - Ducati Team - 1‰Ûª59.722
5 - ROSSI Valentino - 46 - ITA - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 1‰Ûª59.833
6 - SMITH Bradley - 38 - GBR - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 1‰Ûª59.883
7 - PEDROSA Dani - 26 - SPA - Repsol Honda Team - 1‰Ûª59.912
8 - BARBERA Hector - 8 - SPA - Avintia Racing - 2‰Ûª00.244
9 - ESPARGARO Aleix - 41 - SPA - Team Suzuki MotoGP - 2‰Ûª00.275
10 - DOVIZIOSO Andrea - 4 - ITA - Ducati Team - 2‰Ûª00.468
11 - ESPARGARO Pol - 44 - SPA - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 - 2‰Ûª00.490
12 - PETRUCCI Danilo - 9 - ITA - Pramac Racing - 2‰Ûª00.556
13 - HERNANDEZ Yonny - 68 - COL - Pramac Racing - 2‰Ûª00.603
14 - VINALES Maverick - 25 - SPA - Team Suzuki MotoGP - 2‰Ûª00.604
15 - BRADL Stefan - 6 - GER - NGM Forward Racing - 2‰Ûª00.685
16 - REDDING Scott - 45 - GBR - Marc VDS Racing Team - 2‰Ûª00.695
17 - HAYDEN Nicky - 69 - USA - Drive M7 Aspar - 2‰Ûª00.813
18 - PIRRO Michele - 51 - ITA - Ducati Team - 2‰Ûª00.875
19 - BAUTISTA Alvaro - 19 - SPA - Factory Aprilia Gresini - 2‰Ûª01.310
20 - DI MEGLIO Mike - 63 - FRA - Avintia Racing - 2‰Ûª01.487
21 - ABRAHAM Karel - 17 - CZE - Cardion AB Motoracing - 2‰Ûª01.536
22 - MILLER Jack - 43 - AUS - CWM LCR Honda - 2‰Ûª01.593
23 - LAVERTY Eugene - 50 - IRE - Drive M7 Aspar - 2‰Ûª01.815
24 - BAZ Loris - 76 - FRA - NGM Forward Racing - 2‰Ûª02.58
25 - DE ANGELIS Alex - 15 - RSM - NGM Forward Racing - 2‰Ûª03.300
26 - NAKASUGA Katsuyuki - T1 - JPN - Yamaha Test Team - 2‰Ûª03.448
27 - MELANDRI Marco - 33 - ITA - Factory Aprilia Gresini - 2‰Ûª03.569

Top Image: Marc Marquez dominated the final day of the Sepang Test

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