Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest ever time for a motorbike around Sepang as he finished top of the standings on the final day of testing.
The Spanish rider set at time of 1:58.830 to lead the combined times over the three days.
It was a fast start to the morning, with Lorenzo beating the previous best time from this test within the first half hour. Dani Pedrosa beat this time to briefly lead the standings with. Lorenzo’s record breaking run took him back to the top and stood for the final six hours of the day.
Pedrosa did finish second behind Lorenzo in the final standings, with Cal Crutchlow back in third place.
Two further Ducati’s completed the top five with 2017 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso just ahead of Pramac rider Jack Miller in an impressive fifth place.
Alex Rins showed his potential with an impressive sixth place behind Miller, just 0.002s behind the Australian. This allowed him to be the top Suzuki rider, ahead of team-mate Iannone who came in twelfth place.
The Yamaha riders of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales finished down the order in 8th and 18th place respectively. The Japanese factory concentrating on longer runs today and not single lap times.
With this being the final day of testing at Sepang, the paddock now moves on to testing the new circuit at Buriram in Thailand. The riders will get their first taste of the new circuit beginning on February 16th.
Takaaki Nakagami finished as the top rookie in fourteenth place, ahead of Franco Morbidelli. The Italian was 0.5s behind Nakagami in seventeenth place.
It’s always difficult to draw many conclusions from the first test of a season, though it seems like we’re in for an interesting season. Lorenzo’s pace shows Ducati have two title contenders this season. The battle for aerodynamic improvements will rage on, as each team assesses their new fairings.