The second official test in Malaysia has concluded with World Champion Marc Marquez fastest after three days, and teammate Dani Pedrosa in 7th.
The riders wasted no time in taking to the Sepang track this morning at 10am and the customary time attack ensued whilst track conditions and ambient temperatures are more bearable. With several riders posting times under 2’00, Marc laid down the fastest lap with his time of 1’59.115 on lap 13 of 73 (the most laps by any rider today) and this time remained unbeaten for the remainder of this final day. He evaluated two chassis options and worked on engine mapping before completing a very positive race simulation this afternoon with only three laps above 2’00.
Teammate Dani Pedrosa spent this final day concentrating on electronics settings and completed 51 laps. He was one of only two riders (himself and Hernandez) to improve their time from this morning in the late afternoon. His fastest time of 1’59.912 on lap 49 placed him 7th overall.
It’s been a very productive test for the Repsol Honda riders, who have collected important data for the HRC engineers to take back to Japan. Tomorrow the Factory riders will remain in Sepang for their first outing on Michelin tyres in preparation for the 2016 season, before returning to Europe for some recovery time ahead of the final test in Qatar, scheduled from the 14-16 March.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'59.115|
|2||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'59.437|
|3||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||CWM LCR Honda||Honda||1'59.658|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'59.722|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'59.833|
|6||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'59.883|
|7||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'59.912|
|8||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'00.244|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2'00.275|
|10||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||2'00.468|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'00.490|
|12||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'00.556|
|13||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'00.603|
|14||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||2'00.604|
|15||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'00.685|
|16||Redding Scott||45||GBR||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2'00.695|
|19||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'01.310|
|20||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||2'01.487|
|21||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||AB Motoracing||Honda||2'01.536|
|22||Miller Jack||43||AUS||LCR Honda||Honda||2'01.593|
|23||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||Aspar Team||Honda||2'01.815|
|24||Baz Loris||76||FRA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'02.587|
|25||De Angelis Alex||15||RSM||E-Motion IodaRacing Team||ART||2'03.300|
|26||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||T1||JPN||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||2'03.448|
|27||Melandri Marco||33||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2'03.569|
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)|