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.
Day 2 - Top 12 Results
|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|
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|
|Longest straight||0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles|
Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps
|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 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|