motogp.com commentator Nick Harris looks forward to the upcoming Sepang 2 test as teams resume pre-season testing next week at the Malaysian venue.
The first test is always really a shakedown and I think we’ll learn a lot more at the second test. There were some incredibly interesting goings on the first time around, the lap by Marquez in the 1’58s, the performance of the factory Yamahas of Rossi and Lorenzo and also the performance of the Ducatis, with the GP14.3. I think the most interesting aspect of the test coming up will be the new Ducati. We have seen what it looks like and now we will see it run. The interest at the second test will be on the Ducati more than anything else.
I think with Marquez he can go even faster though! He just never ceases to amaze me. What he has achieved already and what he can go on to achieve, it’s scary. Honestly in all my years involved in Grand Prix motorcycle racing I’ve never seen anyone with so much potential to amaze us as we see with Marc Marquez. I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes even faster at Sepang 2.
The others are still finding their feet a little bit, Cal Crutchlow on the Honda power with CWM LCR Honda and Scott Redding on the factory bike with the Marc VDS team, I think we will see them come on an awful lot stronger in this second test.
Suzuki made pretty decent progress for the first test of 2015. I think they need a bit more horsepower but it will be interesting to see how they go second time around as well. It won’t be easy to improve the horsepower in the three weeks between the tests, but they are also looking for reliability. For both their riders they are new to the bike and in the case of Maverick Viñales he is new to MotoGP. They want good progressive lap times and plenty of them. There is just one more test after this one, in Qatar before the opening Grand Prix. They are not going to challenge Honda and Yamaha right at the start of the season.
I think Jack Miller will find it tough this year, but he has had an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. His lap times did come down during the first test but this is very much a learning year for him. I don’t think there is much pressure on him, although maybe from home in Australia there will be. When some of his old adversaries from Moto3 do eventually come up to MotoGP it is going to be interesting because he will have stolen a march on them.
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