Sepang MotoGP test: Thursday times and results

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2019 Sepang MotoGP test Thursday times – conditions dry

1 VIÑALES, Maverick Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:58.897 62 / 62 1:58.897
2 P RINS, Alex Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:59.424 0.527 0.527 58 / 61 Pit In
3 MILLER, Jack Alma Pramac Racing 1:59.517 0.620 0.093 48 / 48 1:59.517
4 P DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Mission Winnow Ducati 1:59.562 0.665 0.045 19 / 60 Pit In
5 CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 1:59.566 0.669 0.004 14 / 52 2:00.746
6 P ROSSI, Valentino Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:59.625 0.728 0.059 8 / 51 Pit In
7 P RABAT, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 1:59.664 0.767 0.039 74 / 75 Pit In
8 P MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:59.790 0.893 0.126 5 / 37 Pit In
9 P PETRUCCI, Danilo Mission Winnow Ducati 1:59.845 0.948 0.055 11 / 65 Pit In
10 P NAKAGAMI, Takaaki LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1:59.966 1.069 0.121 57 / 60 Pit In
11 ZARCO, Johann Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:59.973 1.076 0.007 56 / 58 2:00.015
12 P BAGNAIA, Francesco Alma Pramac Racing 1:59.995 1.098 0.022 51 / 52 Pit In
13 P ESPARGARO, Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:00.101 1.204 0.106 9 / 54 Pit In
14 P QUARTARARO, Fabio Petronas Yamaha SRT 2:00.108 1.211 0.007 11 / 58 Pit In
15 MORBIDELLI, Franco Petronas Yamaha SRT 2:00.151 1.254 0.043 56 / 57 2:00.465
16 P BRADL, Stefan Honda Test Team 2:00.230 1.333 0.079 25 / 59 Pit In
17 ESPARGARO, Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2:00.305 1.408 0.075 66 / 66 2:00.305
18 IANNONE, Andrea Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:00.510 1.613 0.205 21 / 38 2:00.867
19 P KALLIO, Mika Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Team 2:00.523 1.626 0.013 4 / 41 Pit In
20 P OLIVEIRA, Miguel KTM Tech 3 Racing 2:00.672 1.775 0.149 7 / 61 Pit In
21 P MIR, Joan Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2:00.876 1.979 0.204 17 / 64 Pit In
22 P ABRAHAM, Karel Reale Avintia Racing 2:01.245 2.348 0.369 9 / 56 Pit In
23 P TEST 1, Yamaha Yamaha Test Team 2:01.406 2.509 0.161 15 / 42 Pit In
24 GUINTOLI, Sylvain Suzuki Test Team 2:01.654 2.757 0.248 3 / 44 2:02.480
25 P SYAHRIN, Hafizh KTM Tech 3 Racing 2:01.859 2.962 0.205 39 / 53 Pit In


Sepang MotoGP test: Marquez leads Rins on day one

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on day one of testing at Sepang, going well underneath the existing lap record despite riding with a shoulder that is not yet fully healed.

Marquez put in a 1’59.621 to top the sheets but kept his lap-count down to 29 so as not to aggravate the severe dislocation which was operated on early in December, undergoing 200 hours of physiotherapy since.

Ecstar Suzuki’s Alex Rins ended only a quarter of a second behind the Repsol Honda man, setting a best of 1’59.880 on his 25th lap of 54. Maverick Vinales was third on the Monster Yamaha and 0.057s behind his younger compatriot.

2019 Sepang MotoGP test: Wednesday times and results

2019 Sepang MotoGP test Wednesday times – conditions dry

1 P MARQUEZ, Marc 1:59.621 26 / 29 Pit In
2 RINS, Alex 1:59.880 0.259 0.259 25 / 59 5:43.971
3 VIÑALES, Maverick 1:59.937 0.316 0.057 28 / 62 2:00.687
4 P RABAT, Tito 1:59.983 0.362 0.046 58 / 59 Pit In
5 P PETRUCCI, Danilo 2:00.051 0.430 0.068 8 / 54 Pit In
6 ROSSI, Valentino 2:00.054 0.433 0.003 22 / 54 4:49.074
7 P NAKAGAMI, Takaaki 2:00.158 0.537 0.104 54 / 55 Pit In
8 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea 2:00.197 0.576 0.039 17 / 47 2:18.656
9 P BRADL, Stefan 2:00.214 0.593 0.017 41 / 61 Pit In
10 ESPARGARO, Pol 2:00.313 0.692 0.099 3 / 44 2:01.844
11 P MILLER, Jack 2:00.383 0.762 0.070 26 / 50 Pit In
12 MORBIDELLI, Franco 2:00.460 0.839 0.077 58 / 59 2:00.913
13 ESPARGARO, Aleix 2:00.602 0.981 0.142 51 / 54 2:00.644
14 P CRUTCHLOW, Cal 2:00.681 1.060 0.079 24 / 51 Pit In
15 P BAGNAIA, Francesco 2:00.694 1.073 0.013 25 / 49 Pit In
16 OLIVEIRA, Miguel 2:00.902 1.281 0.208 58 / 58 2:00.902
17 P TEST 1, Yamaha 2:00.965 1.344 0.063 54 / 55 Pit In
18 P QUARTARARO, Fabio 2:00.985 1.364 0.020 45 / 65 Pit In
19 P KALLIO, Mika 2:01.054 1.433 0.069 4 / 20 Pit In
20 ZARCO, Johann 2:01.121 1.500 0.067 53 / 59 2:02.053
21 P IANNONE, Andrea 2:01.249 1.628 0.128 35 / 36 Pit In
22 GUINTOLI, Sylvain 2:01.286 1.665 0.037 14 / 56 19:36.538
23 P MIR, Joan 2:01.432 1.811 0.146 24 / 55 Pit In
24 P ABRAHAM, Karel 2:01.627 2.006 0.195 25 / 45 Pit In
25 P TEST 2, Yamaha 2:01.736 2.115 0.109 11 / 45 Pit In
26 P SYAHRIN, Hafizh 2:01.853 2.232 0.117 48 / 49 Pit In

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Petronas Yamaha SRT reveal 2019 colours

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This season’s brand-new premier class team launched their MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ machines in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Yamaha SRT begin their premier class voyage this season and on Monday 28th January in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the team unveiled their spectacular looking 2019 colours.

For their maiden MotoGP™ campaign, Petronas Yamaha SRT have an exciting lineup in 2018 Rookie of the Year Franco Morbidelli and 2019 rookie Fabio Quartararo – both of whom shared a few words about this new project before the covers came off their new machines.

“I feel we are taking part in a great thing,” began Morbidelli. “Petronas and SIC are doing a great thing too, so I’m very pleased. I hope we can get good results and make Petronas people happy.

“For sure I will try,” continued the Italian, when asked if he can continue his impressive start to life as a Yamaha rider in preseason testing. “We started well, and we have been working well from the beginning. This is a good start, but I don’t know. I will try to be the best rider I can, and I will see. I can say that I have to thank everybody from Petronas for giving me this opportunity. I feel, again, that we’re doing a great thing. We’ll do the maximum to make you proud.”

Quartararo then shared his thoughts, as he makes the step up from Moto2™ as the youngest rider in the premier class for 2019: “For sure the first day in Valencia was incredible – the power of bike and brakes, the electronics, it’s a big change from Moto2. We know we have a lot to learn from this test to be ready for the season.

 Petronas Yamaha SRT: a new team is born 29/11/2018

Hear the story behind the brand new team to the MotoGP™ grid in 2019™, with Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo riding Yamaha M1s.

“I feel good. For sure I’m the youngest but I don’t need to think about age. We need to think about the results of the bike and make good results. Honestly, I’ve not seen the bike. I’ve seen pictures. it looks incredible. I can’t wait to see the bike unveiled.”

Joining the two MotoGP™ stars on stage to unveil their 2019 liveries were the Moto2™ and Moto3™ Petronas Sprinta Racing riders: Khariul Idham Pawi, Ayumu Sasaki and John McPhee – with all three relishing the challenge ahead for this season. 

Next on the agenda for Morbidelli and Quartararo is the Sepang Test, with the duo aiming to continue their positive 2019 preseason testing on the 6th, 7th and 8th February. 

Jonathan Rea continues to set pace in Portimao Test

Reigning World Champion leads the way at the end of an action-packed day at Portimao

14 WorldSBK and 10 WordSSP riders continued their crucial preparations under sunny skies at Autodromo do Algarve Portimao, which from 27th-28th January host the final European winter test before the 2019 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season will kick off in Australia next month.

Day one around the Portuguese race track saw high competition again, as the top ten riders finished all packed within a second. But once again it was reigning World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) to take the top spot. Continuing to work on the new items he tested in Jerez with all his focus on the first round of the season, Rea put in a stunning lap of 1’42.413 taking the lead ahead of Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team), that again impressed with his remarkable pre-season pace.

Working on different aspects of their YZF R1 compared to the last test at Jerez, the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK team were able to confirm the excellent work done until now, as both Alex Lowes and Dutchman Michael van der Mark finished close to the top. Lowes was just 0.231 off Rea’s lap time, while on the other side of the garage van der Mark, who had a small issue in the morning that brought out the first red flag of the day, closed in seventh position just 0.677 s off the top of the timesheets.

The red machines weren´t far of the pace, as Alvaro Bautista ( Racing -Ducati) finished third just a few tenths of a second behind the Yamaha of Lowes.
For the Racing – Ducati Team the first day at Portimao was a busy one, as they continued to work on all aspects of their all-new Ducati Panigale V4 R. Both Chaz Davies and the Spanish rider didn’t focus on their lap times, but they worked mostly on finding the base setup for the first round of the year. Still struggling with some back pain, Davies closed in tenth position, but will have another day tomorrow to put in more laps on the new Ducati beast.

Continuing to make steady progress, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had a positive day working alongside his new crew chief and finding a good set-up for his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. The Turkish rider was the fastest rider in the morning and closed the day in fourth position.

BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team had a lot to do today as they were working on different areas including the chassis and different electronics strategies for the new BMW S1000 RR. Following both the same program, Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger put in respectively 47 laps and closed the day in fifth and ninth position. Pleased with their overall improvement, the two riders will have a special day two at Portimao tomorrow, as they will be unveiling the 2019 livery of their bikes before hitting to the track.

Resuming from where they left off at Jerez, Leon Haslam and the Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK teamcontinued to work on consistency through race simulation while fine-tuning the bike set-up for Australia. The British rider closed in sixth, 0.625 s off his teammate, and will continue with the same program tomorrow.

Also, new team GRT Yamaha WorldSBK continued their preparation for their first season in WorldSBK around Portimao. The Italian based squad has been following two different testing programs to suit their riders’ needs. Veteran Marco Melandri finished eighth as he worked on improving the YZF R1s performance, while WorldSBK rookie Sandro Cortese, who closed eleventh, continued to adapt to his machine.

Taming the Ducati V4 R, Michael Rinaldi (Barni Racing Team) and Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven)closed respectively in thirteenth and twelfth position. The young Italian rider had a tough day adapting his riding style to the new beast, while the Irishman who had his first shakedown test with the new Ducati bike at Jerez, was now focused on the chassis and finding the right balance.

2019 WorldSBK rookie Alessandro Delbianco (Althea Mie Racing Team) closed in fourteenth position as he spent the first day around Portimao working with different tyres and finding his confidence on board the Honda CBR1000RR S2.

Among the WorldSSP riders, who were also out testing today at the Portugal race venue, Frenchman Jules Cluzel set the fastest lap time in 1’45.694, followed by compatriot Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Racing Team)who is still adapting to the Kawasaki machine. MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse rider Raffaele De Rosa closed with the third fastest lap time.

Portimao Test Day One Unofficial Times:

  1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) 1’42.195
  2. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’42.614 +0.419
  3. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) 1’42.682 +0.487
  4. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) 1’42.687 +0.492
  5. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’42.808 +0.613
  6. Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing WorldSBK Team) 1’42.820 +0625
  7. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’42.872 +0.677
  8. Marco Melandri (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) 1’43.033 +0.838
  9. Markus Reiterberger (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’43.682 +1.487
  10. Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati) 1’43.702 +1.502
  11. Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) 1’43.847 +1.652
  12. Eugene Laverty (Team Goeleven) 1’44.200 +2.005
  13. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) 1’44.663 +2.468
  14. Alessandro Delbianco (Althea MIE Racing Team) 1’45.732 +3.537


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