MotoGP: 2009 Sepang test day 1 results

Good showing for Suzuki in first test of 2009

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 05, 2009
Loris Capirossi set the fastest time on the first day of the official MotoGP test session in Sepang, Malaysia, Feb. 5.

Riding an updated GSV-R800, the Rizla Suzuki rider set the top time of 2:01.869 on the last of his 37 laps on the Sepang International Circuit. Capirossi’s teammate, Chris Vermeulen set the fourth fastest time which bodes well for the 2009 GSV-R which features a new engine, chassis and carbon fiber frame.

Casey Stoner recorded the second fastest time, 0.169 seconds behind Capirossi. The test was the Ducati Marlboro rider’s first time on the Desmosedici GP9 since undergoing surgery on his wrist Oct. 30, 2008. Despite the positive results, Stoner says his wrist is still not fully healed.

“My wrist is still in a lot of pain and I honestly hoped it would be in better shape than this after three months since the operation,” says Stoner. “Even though the lap times were good from the start the wrist was still giving me a lot of problems – it is weak and painful under braking, especially in the first left-hand turn. I can’t do more than four or five laps at a time and there’s nothing I can do about that at the moment, other than hope that it improves over time”

Though he is still less than 100%, Casey Stoner recorded the second fastest time in the first day of testing.Reigning MotoGP Champion Valentino Rossi recorded the third fastest time despite suffering from some injuries of his own. Rossi received stitches to his left hand and foot after falling on a glass table at his home. The Fiat Yamaha rider also had a low-speed crash early in the test and ended the day early after 31 laps, the fewest among all participants.

“I stopped quite early this afternoon because I wanted to keep myself in good shape for tomorrow and the day after,” says Rossi. “After some laps my finger was hurting and it was also beginning to swell up. Tomorrow we will try something new with the electronics and we will also have to change the engine, because the one I used today was the same one that we used at the Jerez test and its mileage is now over.”

Toni Elias completed the top five riding his San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V. Elias’ top time was 0.202 seconds faster than the factory Repsol Honda bike piloted by Andrea Dovizioso.

Colin Edwards recorded the seventh fastest time for Tech 3 Yamaha while fellow American Nicky Hayden was 11th for Ducati Marlboro.

“The bike feels good on the brakes and it is stable and precise in the fast corners,” says Hayden. “I’m struggling a bit on corner exit though because it still tends to pump quite a lot and I’m not used to that yet. We’re working to reduce it and we’ve got a couple of ideas that we’ll check out over the next two days.”

The riders will return to the track for two more days of testing Feb. 6-7 in Sepang.

2009 MotoGP Sepang test day one results
Pos. Rider Team Time
1st Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 2:01.869
2nd Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro 2:02.038
3rd Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 2:02.324
4th Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki 2:02.803
5th Toni Elias San Carlo Gresini Honda 2:02.886
6th Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 2:03.088
7th Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 2:03.254
8th Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 2:03.312
9th Sete Gibernau ONDE 2000 Ducati 2:03.750
10th Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 2:03.894
11th Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro 2:04.002
12th Alex De Angelis San Carlo Gresini Honda 2:04.396
13th Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 2:04.405
14th James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha 2:04.502
15th Randy De Puniet LCR Honda 2:04.882
16th Toshihiko Fujiwara (test rider) Yamaha Factory Racing 2:05.024
17th Yuki Takahashi Scot Racing Honda 2:05.098
18th Wataru Yoshikawa (test rider) Yamaha Factory Racing 2:05.140
19th Niccolo Canepa Pramac Ducati 2:05.270