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Busy morning as MotoGP™ returns to action in Malaysia

Busy morning as MotoGP™ returns to action in Malaysia

As preseason testing resumed at Sepang on Wednesday morning the MotoGP™ teams wasted no time in getting their on-track work started for 2015

The full 2015 MotoGP grid were all in action, except for the injured Pramac Racing rider Yonny Hernandez, whilst five test riders from the various manufacturers are also in attendance.

Right on the pace in the opening hours was Valentino Rossi (2’00.380) as he lapped ahead of the rest of the field, with the Italian and his teammate Jorge Lorenzo using similar YZR-M1 machines to the prototypes they tested at Valencia at the end of 2014. Yamaha are again testing a shorter exhaust pipe, this time featuring a grill covering the air escape.

Rossi and Lorenzo’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 counterpart Pol Espargaro showed good pace in the early outings, whilst his colleague Bradley Smith lapped further down the initial timesheets.

MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez and his teammate Dani Pedrosa were also unsurprisingly close to head of the timesheets, with HRC arriving at Sepang with 10 bikes for the Repsol Honda riders and their test riders to use, including 2014 machines for comparison and 2015 prototypes for development.

The new CWM LCR Honda line-up of Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller again got to grips with their respective RC213V and Open spec RC213V-RS bikes, with Miller in particular focusing on adapting to the Magneti Marelli MotoGP electronics package - the Australian looking to make maximum use of the traction control.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and his new teammate Andrea Iannone worked with a GP14.3 machine - an evolution of the GP14.2 – with the new GP15 due for delivery for Sepang 2, later in February. The GP14.3 features some visually different aspects, with Iannone trying a new front fairing, whilst electronics updates have also been made.

The Factory Aprilia Gresini pair of Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri continued the work on their new machines - featuring pneumatic valve engines - which they used in November. Michael Laverty is also on board testing for the Italian brand.

Aleix Espargaro and MotoGP Rookie Maverick Viñales are working hard with their Suzuki GSX-RR bikes, with Espargaro running off without major consequence at one point and lapping just outside the top ten in terms of provisional times. Viñales had lapped just under a second behind his new colleague as of the 2pm timesheet.

Testing continues until 6pm local time.

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