Lorenzo makes Yamaha return as shakedown ends

Jorge Lorenzo turned his first laps since 2016 on a Yamaha MotoGP bike as the three-day shakedown session at Sepang came to an end on Tuesday.

The three-time MotoGP champion, who was announced as a Yamaha tester last week, set 46 laps aboard the 2020-spec M1 bike, recording a best time of 2m05.506s.

That left him eighth overall on the third and final day of the test, 1.062s away from the fastest time of the day, set by KTM rider Pol Espargaro.

Lorenzo did not take part in the opening two days of the test, both of which were topped by KTM tester Dani Pedrosa.

Espargaro’s fastest lap on Tuesday therefore gave the Austrian brand a clean sweep of fastest times for the test, which was also open to race riders from non-concession teams and rookies as well as test riders from all manufacturers.

Aleix Espargaro was second-quickest on his first day of the radically revised 2020 Aprilia RS-GP after having sat out the first two days of testing, 0.178s down on his brother.

Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira made it two KTM representatives in the top three, another tenth back, followed by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro and another KTM rider, Brad Binder.

Pedrosa sat out Tuesday’s action, but his best time on Monday was enough to leave him fourth overall, just behind Oliveira.

Likewise not in action was new Repsol Honda recruit Alex Marquez, whose time on Monday left him seventh overall, ahead of HRC test rider Stefan Bradl, while Bradley Smith also did not take part in Tuesday’s session for Aprilia.

Lorenzo Savadori, drafted in by Aprilia for the absent Aprilia Iannone as the Italian faces his FIM appeal regarding a doping infraction, concluded the test 16th overall.

Shakedown times:

Pos.No.RiderBikeDay 1Day 2Day 3
144Pol EspargaroKTM1:59.9721:59.444
241Aleix EspargaroAprilia1:59.622
388Miguel OliveiraKTM 2:00.6951:59.748
426Dani PedrosaKTM2:00.6251:59.841
551Michele PirroDucati2:00.6422:00.6951:59.922
633Brad BinderKTM2:01.6162:00.8992:00.099
773Alex MarquezHonda2:01.3172:00.270
86Stefan BradlHonda 2:01.6372:00.7492:00.441
936Mika KallioKTM 2:00.472
1099Jorge LorenzoYamaha2:00.506
1150Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki2:01.2202:01.1252:00.655
1238Bradley SmithAprilia2:02.7602:01.240
1327Iker LecuonaKTM2:01.9462:01.659
14Y1Yamaha Test 1Yamaha2:02.7132:01.908
15Y2Yamaha Test 2Yamaha2:03.3482:02.704
1632Lorenzo SavadoriAprilia2:05.8882:03.6462:02.795
17Y3Yamaha Test 3Yamaha2:02.843

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