MotoGP: Lorenzo Quickest At Second Official Test

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Bridgestone Motosport Press Release:

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo posted a fastest lap of 2’00.282 on the second day of testing to finish on top of the time-sheets at the second Sepang pre-season MotoGP group test.

Lorenzo set his benchmark time on the combination of the hard front and medium rear slicks to finish 0.280 seconds ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, while third quickest over the three days was fellow Repsol Honda rider and 2013 rookie Marc Márquez whose personal best time was 2’00.643.

Power Electronics Aspar was the quickest CRT outfit again, but this time it was Randy de Puniet who proved to be the best of the CRT riders, with a best lap time of 2’02.863 placing him in 13th position overall. The total spread of lap times at the second Sepang test was 5.031 seconds compared to 5.870 seconds at the first Sepang test, while the gap between the top ten riders was also reduced from 2.177 to 1.741 seconds.

Weather conditions were variable over the three days of testing, with riders experiencing wet and dry conditions and track temperatures ranging from 30-54°C. The two experimental hard rubber compounds developed by Bridgestone that were assessed at the first Sepang test were not evaluated this time around, with riders instead focusing on getting the best out of the current hard compound. The CRT-specific soft rear slick was again extensively used at Sepang and received further positive feedback from riders.

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The next and final MotoGP pre-season group test is scheduled for Spain’s Jerez Circuit from March 23-25, with the first race of the 2013 season at Qatar’s Losail Circuit taking place two weeks later on April 7.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department:

“This was another productive test at Sepang with riders having a wide variety of track conditions on which to evaluate the tires, so lots of useful data was acquired. No experimental tires were evaluated at the second Sepang test, instead the teams focused on testing our existing tire specifications and how these interact with the bike developments they have made for this season.

“Testing at Sepang is quite tough physically and mentally, so I’d like to extend my thanks to all the teams and riders for their cooperation over the last few days. The Bridgestone Motorsport team will now convene at Jerez at the end of March for the final official MotoGP test before the season starts, and we will also be supporting teams in their private testing programs over the coming weeks.”

Sepang II MotoGP Group Test – Overall Results:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Gap Total laps
1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Team 2'00.282 139
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 2'00.562 0.28 155
3 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 2'00.643 0.361 141
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'00.907 0.625 146
5 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha Factory Racing Team 2'01.062 0.78 149
6 Alvaro BAUTISTA GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2'01.078 0.796 133
7 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 2'01.309 1.027 138
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 2'01.650 1.368 75
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 2'01.778 1.496 168
10 Bradley SMITH Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'02.023 1.741 151
11 Andrea IANNONE Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 2'02.566 2.284 126
12 Michele PIRRO Ducati Test Team 2'02.773 2.491 136
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 2'02.863 2.581 124
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 2'02.905 2.623 118
15 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA Yamaha Factory Racing  2'02.946 2.664 99
16 Ben SPIES Ignite Pramac Racing Team 2'03.055 2.773 94
17 Hector BARBERA Avintia Blusens 2'03.155 2.873 127
18 Wataru YOSHIKAWA Yamaha Factory Racing 2'03.257 2.975 66
19 Hiroshi AOYAMA Avintia Blusens 2'03.990 3.708 138
20 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 2'04.066 3.784 112
21 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'04.102 3.82 92
22 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 2'04.279 3.997 121
23 Takumi TAKAHASHI HRC Test Team 2'04.512 4.23 176
24 Michael LAVERTY Paul Bird Motorsport 2'04.546 4.264 43
25 Yonny HERNANDEZ Paul Bird Motorsport 2'04.671 4.389 134
26 Lukas PESEK Came IodaRacing Project 2'04.674 4.392 103
27 Claudio CORTI NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'04.709 4.427 106
28 Bryan STARING GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2'05.313 5.031 118

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