Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo ended up second on the time sheets during each of the three days of testing this week at Sepang, but he still left his rivals' minds with something to chew after setting a frightening pace during a race simulation Thursday.
Lorenzo turned 13 consecutive laps on his factory M1 before rain arrived, with each lap quicker than the race lap record at Sepang of 2:02.1. He started with a lap of 2:01.332 and finished with a lap of 2:00.888. His quickest lap during the race simulation was 2:00.802 on his penultimate lap. His fifth lap during the sim was the slowest, 2:01.570.
Two-time MotoGP World Champion Lorenzo dipped into the 2-minute-flat range for each of his last five laps.
"I didn't finish the race simulation because of the rain, but it felt very good," Lorenzo said. "I think the bike has improved a little bit compared to last year. The new chassis is a little faster in the corners. I think I will stay with it during the next test."
Valentino Rossi ended up third overall in the test as he acclimated to his return to Yamaha after two disastrous seasons at Ducati. Rossi didn't attempt a race simulation during the test but admitted he wouldn't have topped Lorenzo's fearsome consistency if he tried.
"Jorge did a great race simulation, at a very high level, and he rides so well," Rossi said. "If I had tried to do a race simulation today, I could not go as fast as him."
Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez also attempted a race simulation on his RC213V. He turned 19 consecutive fast laps, with 18 quicker than 2:02. Marquez's top lap during his sim was 2:01.165, which only would have been the seventh-quickest lap of Lorenzo's race simulation on the same day.
Lorenzo turned heads with similar crushing consistency during a race simulation in testing last February at Sepang. He ripped through 19 consecutive laps ranging from 2:01.189 to 2:02.268. His range Thursday for 13 laps was 2:00.802 to 2:01.570.