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Lorenzo on top of early Sepang timesheet

Lorenzo on top of early Sepang timesheet

The first morning of the second MotoGP test visit to Sepang at the start of the 2008 season has today seen Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo set the early pace ahead of new team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The first morning of the second MotoGP test visit to Sepang at the start of the 2008 season has today seen Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo set the early pace ahead of new team-mate Valentino Rossi.

In addition to that pair only Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) and San Carlo Honda Gresini duo Shinya Nakano and Alex de Angelis - of the confirmed 2008 MotoGP grid - are in attendance, alongside test riders from Yamaha and Kawasaki.

The Sepang circuit is providing those present with the normal hot, sweaty workout, with ambient temperatures having reached 30°C - and track temperature 44°C - by 11am.

Rain on Monday left the track surface slightly greasy at the start of the day with the riders making a tentative start and only De Angelis, of the regular MotoGP riders, had ventured out of his pit-box for some early laps by 10am - accompanied by a handful of test riders including Kawasakis Olivier Jacque and shortly afterwards Tamaki Serizawa.

Indeed the slippery condition of the racing surface caught De Angelis off guard on his tenth lap, the San Marino rider crashing and requiring a break from proceedings until later in the day.

Lorenzo has been working on chassis and suspension testing but also has tyres to focus on and has thus far led the way by a 0.011s margin from Yamaha colleague Rossi, with a lap of 202.654.

His tumble aside, De Angelis is working mainly on tyre testing, whilst Nakano is looking to perfect his Honda RC212V set-up at the Malaysian circuit. The riders have until 6.25pm local time to test on day one, due to the aforementioned late start caused by overnight track moisture.

Sepang MotoGP February 2008 winter test day one best lap times at 2pm local time (number of laps in brackets)

1. LORENZO, FIAT YAMAHA - 02´02.654 (36)
2. ROSSI, FIAT YAMAHA - 02´02.665 (28)
3. HAYDEN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM - 02´02.758 (38)
4. NAKANO, HONDA GRESINI - 02´03.388 (25)
5. JACQUE, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´03.973 (23)
6. DE ANGELIS, HONDA GRESINI - 02´05.072 (9)
7. SERIZAWA, KAWASAKI RACING - 02´06.874 (22)

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MotoGP, 2008

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