MotoGP Vorsaison-Test in Sepang


Es geht wieder rund im Karton. Nach den ersten Vorsaison-Testfahrten in Sepang sind alle ein wenig schlauer, gleichwohl ist alles noch offen, es wird weiter getestet und entwickelt, die nächsten Teststationen werden Phillip Ísland und Katar sein. Erste Tendenzen: die Yamahas sind schnell, Casey Stoner kann auch als Testfahrer bei Ducati trotz längerer Pause sofort überzeugen, alle arrangieren sich mit der neuen Magneti Marelli-Einheitssoftware, Michelin hat die Reifen weiter entwickelt und verbessert und erntet dafür auch Lob. Ein Rückschlag war der Sturz von Loris Baz bei Topspeed am zweiten Tag (der Franzose blieb zum Glück unverletzt), danach wurden die soften Reifen zurückgezogen, alle mussten mit den härteren Mischungen fahren. Teilweise wurden 2015er und 2016er Motorräder eingesetzt und verglichen, bei Aprilia ist das neue MotoGP-Bike noch nicht fertig, also konzentrierte man sich darauf, mit der Elektronik und den Reifen Erfahrungen zu sammeln, um diese Erkenntnisse später übertragen zu können.

Wir lassen hier unter den Fotos jeweils die Fahrer mit den offiziellen Orginal-Statements (nach dem dritten Tag) zu Wort kommen, eine Tabelle mit den kombinierten Rundenzeiten steht ganz am Ende dieses Postings.

01 Lorenzo-act

Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, YZR-M1: »The lap times speak for themselves, they were very good lap times set with new electronics and a hard rear tyres, because we can’t use the soft rear because of what happened yesterday. I’m very happy with Michelin, because they made a very big step with the feeling with the new front tyres. They did a great job, because now the feeling is closer to what we had with last year. Anyway, I felt very comfortable and fast during these three days, I’m still recovering from this illness that I have and for sure in Phillip Island we will be stronger and able to do a race simulation.«

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Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, YZR-M1: »I’m happy about the test and about today because, first of all, we did a good 02 Rossi-brakejob and tried a lot of different stuff that gave some good information on how to improve the bike. I also set a 2’00.5s, I think we can work on it and do better, but I’m in second place so that’s not so bad, it was a good test. We still have to work a lot, the question mark that remains is if we go with the bike that’s more like the 2015 or the 2016 model. We will try them another time in Phillip Island, because the new one was not so bad at the end. I think all the engineers did a good job with the electronics and Michelin did a good job with the front tyres. We tried other tyres that also improved more, so I feel good about the first test. I tried the winglets, they are very interesting, they change the airflow, but I don’t feel a difference. I prefer the bike without the wings, it’s more beautiful!«

10 Vinales

Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki Ecstar, GSX-RR: »After today I must say that I am really confident. The first two days didn’t leave me feeling so easy, but today, especially after the last two hours of testing, I would say I feel good. Today I could be performing both on a single lap and on the pace, although we have rolled only with hard tyres. We also had some troubles but it is normal since we are at the first test with so many new items. We did some improvements with the electronics but we still have room for improvement, if we will find a good way to interpret it we will be much closer to the top. There are some riders who really made the difference here, but also some other Factory riders who are not so far from us. I had really good impressions from the seamless but also importantly I feel happy with the new engine. We still need to better finalise the electronics to exploit its full power, but already at this point the power delivery and overall power makes me very happy. Now we go to Australia, Phillip Island is a track I like a lot and will be in summer, so there will be a lot of grip. The conditions will be very hot and we were pretty competitive there last year, it will be a good chance to test more things even though we know that the places where we have to improve on are those like in Malaysia, with less grip.«

09 A Espargaro

Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki Ecstar, GSX-RR; »Today it’s been a difficult day because of the rain but I also had some positives. This morning we used the new engine with 2015 chassis and I had very positive feelings. We were very competitive and close to the top. In the afternoon we switched to the 2016 chassis but I couldn’t find a proper feeling, we need more testing to find a more effective configuration. At the beginning I would have liked to have continued with last year’s, but we must keep in mind that we are here for testing all news things and to send feedback to Japan so that they can further improve. The new chassis is still young, it’s normal it has some troubles and we need some more time to finalise it. I feel we have made positive improvements with the seamless and the electronics, as well as with the tyres. The confidence with the front-end has improved a lot and also the corner speed is faster. This was only the first real test, it’s true that we have had some troubles, but it’s part of the game and this is exactly the purpose why we are here. Tomorrow we fly to Japan to do some testing in the wind tunnel, they will probably help me to find better protection from the air since I am a pretty tall rider; and then we go to Australia where we will still have many things to try. The Factory is working really hard to deliver us improvements and updates, we keep working on pretty much all aspects; chassis, engine, gearbox, electronics and there is much room for improvement, but I feel totally positive about this.«

Satoru Terada, Suzuki MotoGP Project Leader: »Today we completed the first test in the New Year for the upcoming season and in fact these three days were very useful to verify our progress. We have introduced many new items from the Factory, such as new engine specs, new electronics improvements; and a new chassis, with positive outcome. It seems that the new engine specs and the seamless gave positive feelings to the riders and also a good improvement to the lap performance; obtaining a more-effective acceleration. We still have to work on the electronics and chassis, since we have some trouble with rear grip. Here we also introduced a new chassis, but apparently we need some more testing and development to make it more effective. The test in Phillip Island will help us in this way.”

07 Marquez brake

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, RC213V, after day 1: »Today we began the first preseason test of 2016. We still have a lot of work to do, as we have new electronics, a new engine and a few different engine specs to what we used in Valencia and Jerez back in November.«


Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, RC213V, after day 3:»The last day went quite well because we improved every day here in Sepang. We are still far from where we’d like to be, but I think we have taken a good step forward and slowly we’re getting there. We are working hard and there is room for improvement, which is what we have to focus on. Today I worked a lot on the electronics and the chassis, understanding what setup for the bike is best for the new tyres. We also tested various types of front tyres with different profiles. Overall, these three days have been positive.”

 08 Pedrosa test

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, RC213V: »It’s been a hard test, because we had to do a lot of work and maybe this isn’t reflected in the results; they don’t show the potential that is there. At the end of the day we went out on track with the best combination we have found, we tried out some tyres and we were able to improve our times a little. The good point is that, step by step, we are growing and are doing our best to be ready for the first race.”

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Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team, Desmosedici: »In the end this test was a bit unusual because instead of concentrating only on the bike, we gave priority to the work with the new tyres that Michelin had brought and I am satisfied with the progress we made in this area. It was however an important test because it helped us to get to know the new bike but also find out a few teething problems that emerged with the Desmosedici GP. Today we had a positive day even though, at the end, I was unable to do a quick lap because I was slowed by minor issues. We’ll shortly be in Australia for the next test and I am confident that the data we gathered here will help us to improve the bike even more.«

04 Stoner slide Ducati

Casey Stoner, Ducati Team, Desmosedici: »All in all it’s been a very good few days for us, and I’m surprised myself that I was able to do three days of testing. Physically I feel great at the moment, but I’m sure I won’t tomorrow! It’s been a really positive test, not only because we worked well with the bike, but also because I was able to get back up to speed right away. Today wasn’t too bad, even though we didn’t get to do a lot of laps. Two exits this morning comparing two different geometry settings, but then the rain came so we weren’t able to complete the tests. After the rain we finally got a bit of dry track time but struggled a bit with rear grip and spent too much time trying to find a balance again to move on. But as I said I’m really happy with the way things have gone, and working with Gigi (Dall’Igna) and the team has been really fantastic!«

05 Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Desmosedici: »Today was more difficult than yesterday, because we had a few issues that unfortunately we could not resolve here and which slowed us the entire day. In the morning I didn’t do many laps because I had to wait for the track conditions to improve, and then it began to rain. In the afternoon we started right away, and soon set a good time. We did some tests with used tyres and the bike improved but we encountered another problem towards the end of the session. We stayed in the box until the final part, but I was unable to make any more improvements when I went out. I didn’t put in as many laps as I would have liked, which was important for me to adapt to the new Michelins. It’s a pity, but I feel sure that in Australia we will be able to carry out our programme better once we’ve solved the problems back home.«

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Alvaro Bautista, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini: »We did a lot of work over these three days, especially on the electronics. We put in a lot of short sessions to give our technicians a change to analyse a large quantity of small changes, gathering information which will then be analysed at home. There is still a lot to do. For the tyres I’m beginning to learn the characteristics and the feeling has greatly improved. After riding for my entire MotoGP career on a certain type of tyre it took some time to adapt. I can’t wait to get to Doha where there will be more days of hard work but with the important motivation of the new bike.«

12 Bradl

Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Aprilia: »These were some intense tests, spent above all on trying to improve the electronics package. Progress was made although we know that there is still plenty of room for improvement. This was the last test with the 2015 bike, so gathering as much data as possible was fundamental to facilitate the racing department’s job. My mind is already on the next tests in Qatar where we’ll have a completely new bike on which to apply everything we’ve learned thus far. By analysing the data and crunching the numbers on what we’ve tested I think that we’ll be able to start from the best possible base electronics settings and then improve on it race after race.«


Danilo Petrucci, Octo Pramac Yakhnich, Ducati Desmosedici: »First of all I would like to thank my team. Yesterday afternoon, half an hour from the end of the session, we decided to try a different set-up and the boys have rebuilt the bike in 10 minutes: something really impressive. Also today in a few minutes they managed to send me out to do this nice crono. This makes us happy even though the day was difficult. If luck has helped us yesterday to find the right time to place the fastest lap, today we suffered a lot. In only 8 laps I experienced two problems that forced me to stay many hours in the garage. I was disappointed because today was the day when we would have to make progress especially on race pace. All things consudered I’m happy because the test result is very positive. I can’t wait to go to Phillip Island, a circuit I really like.«


Scott Redding – Octo Pramac Yakhnich, Ducati Desmosedici: »I am very pleased to have been faster today. We tried many solutions on the bike and we were able to get a good result. I think today is the most productive day of the tests. The goal was to find speed and continuity with the used tires and if yesterday I often lapped in 2’03”, today I was able to stay constantly in 2’02 ” and this makes me very happy. I had confidence coming here in Malaysia even though this is a circuit where usually I struggle. After three days of work I feel really good and I’m looking forward to going to Australia.«

Sepang Tabelle 3 Tage


 Fotos: Yamaha Movistar MotoGP, Repsol Honda, Ducati Corse, Aprilia Racing, Suzuki Racing, Octo Pramac Yakhnich

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