Jorge Lorenzo and his Yamaha M1 were the fastest on the track today. Lorenzo completed 30 laps around the Sepang circuit and scored a 2'01.657 lap time.
""I'm very happy with today. For the first ride on the bike in some time, it's been very positive. Yamaha has worked very hard over the winter on the M1. I can see very easily where I have to adapt my riding style for the bike and I can see a lot of potential. We have many areas where we can improve so I'm looking forward to beginning again tomorrow. I'm also very happy that my finger is fine and doesn't affect my riding at all!"
Dani Pedrosa brought his bike into second place, finishing just .3 seconds behind Lorenzo.
"Today was good, for the first laps I think it was important for me to come back and just ride again. Of course, the first day I was a little bit stiff, not totally smooth on the bike, but we completed some laps and they were good. Today was mainly a test for myself, to get used to the bike again, recover the feeling, feel the throttle and the brakes after a long time off. The whole day I stayed with the same bike that I tested in Valencia in November and tomorrow the real test will start for us, we will work on the set up and probably try a modified chassis that Honda has brought here according to our requests after Valencia."
Cal Crutchlow put in an impressive day for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team to take third behind Pedrosa. Spies brought his factory Yamaha across the line in fourth.
"I'm happy, it was fun to get back on the bike today, I haven't ridden any type of motorcycle since Valencia. It didn't take too long to knock the rust off, we tried a few things in set up and every step we did made small improvements. We have a lot to do in the next couple of days and a lot more in the second test. It's been a confidence inspiring start, Yamaha have put in a lot of effort for this season so we'll work day by day to be even better."
The Ducati team looked like they closed a little bit of a gap. Valentino Rossi came in fifth place during the testing session and was the final rider to finish within a second of Jorge Lorenzo.
Defending champion Casey Stoner sprained his back during warm-ups and decided to sit the first session out. Stoner is hoping to start testing tomorrow.