MotoGP: Lorenzo tops post-Spanish GP test

MotoGP: Lorenzo tops post-Spanish GP test

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MotoGP: Lorenzo tops post-Spanish GP test

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Jorge Lorenzo followed up his dominant Spanish Grand Prix win by topping Monday’s MotoGP test at Jerez, on his 28th birthday.

Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi gave Yamaha a one-two in 2015’s first in-season test, lapping 0.042 seconds apart. The duo were working on set-up tweaks rather than developments, and were three tenths clear of Cal Crutchlow in third for LCR Honda.

Aleix Espargaro kept Suzuki near the front with fourth place.

The factory Honda team had a tentative day. Marc Marquez only tested briefly as he took things gently while continuing to recover from his hand injury – though he still lapped fifth quickest ahead of Bradley Smith.

Hiroshi Aoyama carried out more running on the second factory Honda, despite having a sore shoulder from a massive crash in Sunday’s race. He was only 19th fastest.

The works Ducati team chose to leave Jerez to test in private at Mugello instead, but the Italian firm’s satellite squads stayed on.

Yonny Hernandez was top Desmosedici rider in seventh, with Scott Redding’s Marc VDS Honda, Maverick Vinales’s Suzuki and Pol Espargaro’s Tech 3 Yamaha completing the top 10.

The Gresini-run Aprilia program had an encouraging race weekend, and Alvaro Bautista maintained that momentum into the test, going 11th fastest.

TEST RESULTS:

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike        Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha           1m38.508s           52
 2.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha           1m38.550s  +0.042s  66
 3.  Cal Crutchlow     LCR Honda        1m38.814s  +0.306s  64
 4.  Aleix Espargaro   Suzuki           1m38.890s  +0.382s  63
 5.  Marc Marquez      Honda            1m38.968s  +0.460s  31
 6.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha    1m39.339s  +0.831s  41
 7.  Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati    1m39.357s  +0.849s  56
 8.  Scott Redding     Marc VDS Honda   1m39.370s  +0.862s  105
 9.  Maverick Vinales  Suzuki           1m39.475s  +0.967s  79
10.  Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha    1m39.654s  +1.146s  45
11.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Aprilia  1m39.766s  +1.258s  53
12.  Stefan Bradl      Forward Yamaha   1m39.887s  +1.379s  52
13.  Danilo Petrucci   Pramac Ducati    1m39.892s  +1.384s  60
14.  Nicky Hayden      Aspar Honda      1m39.909s  +1.401s  73
15.  Eugene Laverty    Aspar Honda      1m40.101s  +1.593s  73
16.  Loris Baz         Forward Yamaha   1m40.186s  +1.678s  59
17.  Jack Miller       LCR Honda        1m40.248s  +1.740s  64
18.  Hector Barbera    Avintia Ducati   1m40.260s  +1.752s  52
19.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Honda            1m40.342s  +1.834s  60
20.  Karel Abraham     AB Honda         1m40.654s  +2.146s  63
21.  Mike di Meglio    Avintia Ducati   1m41.085s  +2.577s  62
22.  Marco Melandri    Gresini Aprilia  1m41.825s  +3.317s  19

Originally on Autosport.com

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