Rossi in Sepang: The 'New' Sepang? Nice, but dangerous.

Valentino has always liked Sepang and he was very curious to see if it would be the same after its makeover. Resurfaced and with different inclination on the corner that, in some cases, improved it, but some critical issues also emerged.

“I had high expectations to try the new asphalt and I must say that they did a good job: the bumps are gone and grip has improved”, says Rossi.

Are there also problems?
“It takes a long time to dry off. This morning it stopped raining at half seven but three hours later the track still was not completely dry. There are still wet spot and that is a big problem because it rains more or less every day here.”

Can it be dangerous?
“There are 3 or 4 corners where it is really wet. First of all, it is a real pity, because this is a fantastic track, but you cannot push to 100% like this. And then it is also dangerous, because on slicks you go really fast here and, since the new asphalt is very dark, it isn’t easy to tell where the wet spots are either.”

There is also the change to turn 15, now counter-sloped. What did you think of it?
“That change was made so that you come to the first corner at a lower speed, where there is not much run-off space, and it worked. It is a bit different and harder; you have to follow another line, but I like it. It is more complicated to control the bike in acceleration.”

The Formula 1 cars really lowered their times here, why have you not been able to on the bikes?
“Simple, because we are riding at 80% and in any case we were not slow. I think that, if we find perfect conditions, we could lap two seconds faster than we did last year.”

As for your day, how did it go?
“We had two different ways to go with the settings, but it is hard to gather information and go into details when you don’t push to the limit. With the slicks I still have not found a perfect setting, but we are not far off either. Considering the problems with the asphalt, I hope to find completely dry or completely wet conditions.”

Source: http://www.gpone.com

FP2:

1. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 08.872s [Lap 10/10] 291km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 09.271s +0.399s [8/8] 299km/h 
3. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 09.414s +0.542s [15/15] 302km/h 
4. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 09.440s +0.568s [8/8] 299km/h 
5. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 09.698s +0.826s [17/17] 301km/h 
6. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 10.175s +1.303s [8/8] 296km/h 
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 10.208s +1.336s [12/12] 297km/h 
8. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 10.283s +1.411s [14/14] 293km/h 
9. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 11.297s +2.425s [18/18] 292km/h 
10. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 11.426s +2.554s [12/12] 295km/h 
11. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 12.179s +3.307s [18/18] 300km/h 
12. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 12.803s +3.931s [9/9] 264km/h 
13. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 13.416s +4.544s [12/15] 287km/h 
14. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 13.586s +4.714s [8/10] 295km/h 
15. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 14.438s +5.566s [9/10] 291km/h 
16. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 14.863s +5.991s [9/10] 297km/h 
17. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 15.505s +6.633s [8/10] 292km/h 
18. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 16.269s +7.397s [5/6] 286km/h 
19. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 16.679s +7.807s [8/10] 289km/h 
Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) No Time 
Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) No Time 

FP1:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 01.210s [Lap 16/16] 321km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 01.478s +0.268s [16/16] 322km/h 
3. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 01.507s +0.297s [17/17] 316km/h 
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 01.521s +0.311s [16/17] 321km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 01.611s +0.401s [17/18] 318km/h 
6. Hector Barbera ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 01.667s +0.457s [13/14] 318km/h 
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 01.774s +0.564s [15/16] 318km/h 
8. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 01.815s +0.605s [15/17] 319km/h 
9. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 02.011s +0.801s [16/17] 315km/h 
10. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 02.013s +0.803s [16/17] 319km/h 
11. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 02.036s +0.826s [18/18] 318km/h 
12. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 02.164s +0.954s [16/16] 311km/h 
13. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 02.334s +1.124s [11/17] 314km/h 
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 02.484s +1.274s [17/17] 320km/h 
15. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 02.561s +1.351s [15/15] 316km/h 
16. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 2m 02.600s +1.390s [13/13] 311km/h 
17. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 02.732s +1.522s [16/16] 316km/h 
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 03.013s +1.803s [16/16] 318km/h 
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 03.108s +1.898s [20/20] 312km/h 
20. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 03.901s +2.691s [18/18] 318km/h 
21. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 04.623s +3.413s [6/15] 310km/h 

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