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Sepang II MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Final)

‘F****d!’ - Valentino Rossi ‘surprised’ by tyre decision

First day of testing in Sepang, Malaysia threw in some very interesting stories. Rossi had some issues with the tyre selection from Bridgestone. Both the 2013 and 2014 specification rears had been evaluated during the first Sepang test earlier this month, after which it was decided that only the 2014 tyres will be made available. “The general consensus is that our 2014 specification tyres are working well,” Bridgestone’s Shinji Aoki had commented. “However, there is still a lot of work to do to help the teams get the most out of our new generation of tyres before the season starts.”Following the opening day of this week’s return Sepang visit Rossi, Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo, and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso were among those who spoke of a general lack of grip – especially edge grip – with the 2014 tyres, something Rossi suspects is due to a stiffer construction.

Times as follows:

1. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 2m 0.848s (Lap 60/61)
2. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 0.900s | +0.052s (28/31)
3. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 0.999s | +0.151s (53/57)
4. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 1.029s | +0.181s (46/47)
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 1.158s | +0.310s (54/56)
6. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 1.160s | +0.312s (46/47)
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 2m 1.349s | +0.501s (28/65)
8. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 2m 1.491s | +0.643s (32/50)
9. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 1.644s | +0.796s (47/54)
10. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.227s | +1.379s (53/55)
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 2m 2.319s | +1.471s (45/48)
12. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.334s | +1.486s (30/51)
13. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 2m 2.709s | +1.861s (57/59)
14. Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing (FTR-M1) 2m 2.743s | +1.895s (29/47)
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 2m 2.823s | +1.975s (45/50)
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 2.975s | +2.127s (45/47)
17. Randy De Puniet FRA Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 3.341s | +2.493s (66/73)
18. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 2m 3.553s | +2.705s (50/51)
19. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 2m 3.991s | +3.143s (37/40)
20. Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1) 2m 4.165s | +3.317s (41/45)
21. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki) 2m 4.885s | +4.037s (27/59)
22. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 2m 5.638s | +4.790s (31/36)
23. Nobuatsu Aoki JPN Suzuki Test Rider (XRH-1) 2m 7.302s | +6.454s (3/10)


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