Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took to the track this morning for the second day of testing at Sepang International Circuit, where Marc was quickly able to knock almost one and half seconds off his best lap from the opening day. Just an hour into the session, all action stopped following a massive crash by Loris Baz (who escaped unhurt), prompting a red flag that remained in place for over an hour.

When the track reopened, the riders were only allowed to use the harder of two available tyres and, due to safety concerns, Michelin imposed a higher minimum air pressure. Marc and Dani, who today used the new evolution of the 2016 RC213V engine, worked with their engineers on the electronics and on chassis setup. Marquez completed a total of 52 laps, with his fastest time of 2’00.843 coming on lap 5, while Dani managed a best time of 2’01.475 on lap 4 of 36.

Toward the end of the day, Dani suffered a crash in turn 5 during an out-lap; thankfully, he escaped unharmed, although the fall prevented him from testing a new spec front tyre, which he will instead try tomorrow.

The weather remained throughout the day, with maximum air and track temperatures of 33° C and 59°, respectively. The three-day test will conclude tomorrow.

Marc Marquez

2:00.843 52 laps

"We've taken a step forward on day two. Unfortunately during the day we didn't manage to make steady progress and we tried out a lot of things, but we did make an improvement on yesterday. I think that it will be important to analyze well everything that we tested today, to see what works and what doesn't, and tomorrow we will continue to try things because we have a lot of work to do. Today we used the same “evo” engine on both bikes in order to have the same reference for the electronics test that we are doing".

Dani Pedrosa

2:01.475 36 laps

“It was a difficult day, because after the crash of Loris Baz this morning, we were told not to use the softest tyre. We had to use the hardest rear and, with the temperatures as high as they were today, we had almost no grip. We tried to use the time to improve the electronics, but it was very difficult to handle that and making improvements to the bike. We tried a different weight distribution, but in the end we weren’t able to draw many conclusions. We will see if tomorrow we can turn the situation around and improve. Unfortunately I had a crash towards the end of the day – probably because the tyre was cold, as I wasn’t riding fast”

MotoGP 2016
Testing   Malaysia

Day 2 - Top 12 Results

Sunny
Track Temp
59°C
Air Temp
35°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 2:00.095
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.060
3 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 0.292
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.748
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.804
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.926
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.954
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.957
9 Stoner Casey 27 AUS Ducati Team Ducati 1.008
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.012
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.326
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.380
Location Information

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits… read more.

Length 5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998

Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps

Records

Pole Position 1m 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 40m 37.691s (163.7 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)