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First day was weather effected, so top lap times were only for a few hours in the morning.

1. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 0.414s [Lap 25/54]
2. = Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.543s +0.129s [20/52]
3. = Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.876s +0.462s [17/45]
4. = Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR) 2m 1.055s +0.641s [17/39]
5. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 1.162s +0.748s [37/51]
6. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 1.190s +0.776s [24/43]
7. = Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 1.222s +0.808s [13/43]
8. = Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.241s +0.827s [22/51]
9. = Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR)* 2m 1.317s +0.903s [22/50]
10. = Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP14.3/GP15) 2m 1.355s +0.941s [5/23]
11. = Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 1.592s +1.178s [31/52]
12. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 1.740s +1.326s [29/51]
13. = Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 1.926s +1.512s [6/39]
14. = Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RC213V-RS) 2m 2.062s +1.648s [26/41]
15. = Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP14.3/GP15) 2m 2.142s +1.728s [16/30]
16. = Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 2m 2.225s +1.811s [9/35]
17. = Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 2m 2.394s +1.980s [26/28]
18. = Stefan Bradl GER Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 2m 2.410s +1.996s [19/42]
19. = Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 2.606s +2.192s [24/29]
20. = Eugene Laverty IRL Drive M7 Aspar Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 2.730s +2.316s [28/45]
21. = Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 2.941s +2.527s [23/33]
22. = Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 3.006s +2.592s [23/35]
23. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 3.105s +2.691s [33/35]
24. = Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 2m 3.316s +2.902s [28/37]
25. = Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 3.337s +2.923s [24/43]
26. = Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 2m 3.966s +3.552s [8/45]
27. = Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 4.000s +3.586s [29/42]
 

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Andrea Dovizioso said:
Today I started on the 14.3 and I made the lap time very easy because I know that bike very well. But I made a 2m 1.6 with the new bike and the feeling is not so good. So we have to work with the GP15 from now. We have only one GP15 each at the moment.

I'm really happy because we fixed the problem about the turning. It was the key point in the last two years. Now with the new bike from the out-lap I felt much better.

The first test here with Ducati two years ago I felt from the out-lap the limit of entry and turning. Today from the out-lap I felt the bike became normal! I was so happy. I went on the kerb in the first and second corners and I didn't want to! I was so happy to have that feeling. It was really big. I think it is the key point to start to work in a normal way. Already last year we improved the speed a lot and arrived close to the best but now we are in a normal situation, with a really good base.

We can work on the set-up and my line on the track in the normal way. I can play with the bike, so I can try to pick up the bike more, try to be less aggressive on entry and this is 100 percent the way to ride in MotoGP.

Today we weren't so fast because the bike was completely new and so we didn't do so many laps, and then it rained in the afternoon. But the key point was the turning.

Now we have to work on the set-up because the bike is completely different and our balance is not ok, especially for braking. With the GP14 the set-up was perfect but this bike we have to understand. It is just the first day.

I hope and believe we have a big margin. It is a really new bike. It is not quite starting from zero, but before we could just change some parts. Now everything is different.
Dovizioso's best lap on the GP15 was a 2m 1.692s, compared with a 2m 1.355s on the GP14.3.

crash.net said:
One of the few things that Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna hasn't redesigned on the 2015 Desmosedici is the gearbox.

And that is unlikely to change in the near future.

On a day when the new GP15 received a glowing first review from Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, Yamaha made its track debut using seamless downshifts, as present on the title winning Honda.

Ducati also already uses its version of seamless gear shifting and Dall'Igna stated that he has no desire to bring a further upgrade this season.

“No I don't think so. We would like to improve a little bit the strategies that we are using during the change of the gear from the electronic point of view. But the gearbox I don't want to change anything," the Italian explained. "We did an improvement last year and I think we will remain with this during 2015.”

Quizzed further about the exact nature of the Ducati gearbox, Dall'Igna stated that it is seamless up and down - however only from first to fifth gear. Not from fifth to sixth.

The Honda and now Yamaha gearboxes are seamless from first to sixth, up and down.
 

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Most of the riders programs were interrupted by rain mid-day, so the lap times weren't representative of their potential.

Marquez had breaking issues
Jorge had over-heating tires/grip issues
Pedrosa had suspension issues

The temp's were 39c which is a bit more then they're use to, so the times are absolutely going to represent that.

Everyone is working on finishing their dry-weather program before the afternoon rain comes tuesday.
 

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Day two and weather conditions were perfect for testing. All of the riders continued to work on setup, with Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez feeling much better then day one, putting in the fastest laps.

1. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.844s [Lap 22/63]
2. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 59.902s +0.058s [30/71]
3. ˄ Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP14.3/GP15) 2m 0.098s +0.254s [55/58]
4. ˅ Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP14.3/GP15) 2m 0.250s +0.406s [21/58]
5. ˅ Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.275s +0.431s [36/57]
6. ˅ Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 0.308s +0.464s [19/61]
7. ˄ Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.329s +0.485s [49/50]
8. = Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 0.333s +0.489s [61/61]
9. ˅ Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR) 2m 0.409s +0.565s [18/57]
10. ˅ Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.689s +0.845s [8/44]
11. ˅ Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 2m 0.713s +0.869s [22/57]
12. ˅ Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR)* 2m 0.731s +0.887s [42/61]
13. ˅ Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 0.762s +0.918s [53/57]
14. = Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 0.847s +1.003s [21/53]
15. = Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 1.012s +1.168s [28/46]
16. = Stefan Bradl GER Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 2m 1.131s +1.287s [13/58]
17. = Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RC213V-RS) 2m 1.633s +1.789s [17/57]
18. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 1.897s +2.053s [16/41]
19. ˄ Eugene Laverty IRL Drive M7 Aspar Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 1.944s +2.100s [54/56]
20. ˅ Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 2m 1.945s +2.101s [21/40]
21. ˄ Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 1.968s +2.124s [65/65]
22. ˄ Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 2.006s +2.162s [41/42]
23. ˅ Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 2.221s +2.377s [25/40]
24. ˅ Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 2m 2.426s +2.582s [7/37]
25. ˄ Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 2m 3.499s +3.655s [44/51]
26. ˅ Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 3.755s +3.911s [43/45]
27. = Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 4.313s +4.469s [49/49]
 

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The track was extremely slick today, reducing lap times substantially over the previous Sepang I test.

Andrea Dovizioso said:
Yeah it is already quicker and I'm really happy about that. The engineers did an amazing job, because we start directly with a better bike and we improved a lot the turning. I'm so happy.

We can't know how much margin we have but it is nice to be in Sepang 2, a few tenths behind the competitors and to have the possibility to improve maybe a lot this bike. Now I can say the bike enters and turns in a normal way. About that I am really happy and we are quite ok.

We still don't understand why we can't stop the bike in the last part of braking. So you arrive always too fast in the middle of the corner, which creates a problem. We are working on that. We tried many set-ups but still we don't yet understand everything about this bike after just one day and a half. We have to stay calm.

Tomorrow morning I believe everybody will try for a fast lap time. Then we can understand our speed. But I think we are still not as fast as the fastest riders, because we can't push in the middle of the corner. So I don't feel strong in every area yet.
Andrea Iannone said:
For sure today was a great day. This morning, when we began to lap, I managed to immediately find a better feeling with the GP15 and I am happy that, day after day, doing more and more kilometres with this bike, I can get more feeling. In addition, we managed to improve the bike's set-up and we were pretty quick.

Rather than the time attack I did in the afternoon, I'm happier with the work we carried out throughout the day, because it allowed me to do my time with the hard tyre. The team is working really well, and the bike is improving day after day. It's improved a lot in the changes in direction and in its nimbleness, it's quicker between the corners and these are all positive aspects.
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Iannone and Dovizioso had been third (+0.521s) and seventh (+1.007s) respectively using the GP14.3 at the opening test.

Dovizioso slashed his best GP15 lap time from a 2m 1.692s on Monday (+1.2s) to 2m 0.250s (+0.406s) propelling him to fourth on the timesheets, directly behind an even faster lap by Iannone.

Iannone made even greater lap time progress on day two, from a 2m 2.142s with the GP15 on Monday to a 2m 0.098s on Tuesday. Iannone was just 0.254s behind Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez and 0.196s from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.
 

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Yep… they have a year worth of development before they can truly be part of the "factory" class.
 

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Great shot Aussie Bob.. Made me smile..
 

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Day Three and Marquez has dropped the times, closer to where they were at the first test when it was cooler out.

Crutchlow seems to have figured out the Honda all of a sudden, placing him in 3rd position during the closing hours of the final day of Sepang testing behind Marquez and Jorge.

Ducati on the other hand, aren't quite satisfied with the GP15:

crash.net said:
Ducati will only make a decision on whether to race the all-new GP15 from the first round of this year's MotoGP championship after the Qatar test.

The new machine has received highly positive feedback from Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, but Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall'Igna won't jump to any conclusions until it has been tried at another circuit.

The GP15 made its track debut at this week's Sepang test, after which only the Qatar outing remains before the new season starts at the same Losail circuit on March 29.

Speaking in the Sepang paddock with two hours of testing to go, with Iannone fourth (+0.607s) and Dovizioso tenth (+1.353s) on the timesheets, Dall'Igna declared:

“For Iannone I think we have found a good set-up. A reasonable starting point for the GP15. With Dovi I think we have to work a little bit more because we need to fix some problems at the end of the braking area. So I'm quite happy, but not really, really happy.

“There are some small things that we didn't expect. But I think it is quite reasonable because the bike is completely new so you cannot think of everything before. You have to test, check what happens and try to solve the issues that you have.

“In my opinion 80% of the riders comments fit with our simulations, but there is more or less 20% that we now have to understand.”

The Italian added: “I don't want to take the decision regarding which bike we will use at the first race before the Qatar test. One track is not enough to verify completely the new bike and also I need more mileage on the engines.

“At the moment we haven't had any [reliability] issues. And this is really good. But we have to continue with the mileage and see what happens. We still have to make another comparison between GP14.3 and GP15 at the Qatar test and after that maybe we can have a better opinion about which bike to use for the race.”

And that decision will not be down to Dall'Igna, but the riders.

“At the end this is the rider's choice. Not my choice,” he said. “The rider has to do the best for performance and not follow my opinion. I did this [approach] all my life. If you remember also Marco Simoncelli when he won the championship with the 250 for two or three races he had [two different Aprilias] in the pit box.”

Comparing the performance of the GP15 to last year's GP14, Dall'Igna stated: “For me the [new] bike is a little bit faster than the other one in the chicane. There are some parts of the track where I think we gain quite a lot but there are some other areas where we have to improve a little bit to reach the GP14 performance.

“High speed corners I'm quite happy about the behaviour of the bike. I'm not really happy mainly in the braking zone and above all the final braking zone.”

But the big news is that the understeer issue that has taunted Ducati's designers for years looks to have been solved. So how did they do it?

“It's difficult to explain and also something that we understand, we learned, and I think it's better not to tell everybody!” Dall'Igna smiled.
 

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1. = Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 59.115s [Lap 13/48]
2. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 59.437s +0.322s [19/55]
3. = Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 59.658s +0.543s [6/39]
4. = Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 59.722s +0.607s [10/37]
5. = Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 59.833s +0.718s [19/35]
6. = Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 59.883s +0.768s [9/41]
7. = Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 0.048s +0.933s [9/41]
8. = Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 0.244s +1.129s [8/44]
9. = Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR) 2m 0.275s +1.160s [6/50]
10. = Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 0.468s +1.353s [10/29]
11. = Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.490s +1.375s [13/25]
12. = Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 2m 0.556s +1.441s [12/33]
13. = Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki MotoGP (GSX-RR)* 2m 0.604s +1.489s [11/39]
14. = Stefan Bradl GER Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 2m 0.685s +1.570s [10/18]
15. = Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 0.695s +1.580s [7/40]
16. = Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RC213V-RS) 2m 0.813s +1.698s [15/33]
17. = Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 0.875s +1.760s [8/36]
18. = Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 1.159s +2.044s [7/33]
19. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 1.310s +2.195s [7/44]
20. = Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 2m 1.487s +2.372s [8/23]
21. = Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 2m 1.536s +2.421s [20/30]
22. = Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 1.593s +2.478s [9/40]
23. = Eugene Laverty IRL Drive M7 Aspar Honda (RC213V-RS)* 2m 1.815s +2.700s [16/44]
24. = Loris Baz FRA Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 2m 2.587s +3.472s [11/27]
25. = Alex De Angelis RSM Octo IodaRacing (ART) 2m 3.300s +4.185s [8/29]
26. = Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 3.448s +4.333s [3/31]
27. = Marco Melandri ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 3.569s +4.454s [4/36]
 
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