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.
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