Dark clouds broke just after the lunch break and soaked the Malaysian track, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro still able to profit from a busy morning.

Sepang’s legendary afternoon rain showers finally hit the MotoGP paddock after almost an entire week of uninterrupted running on Sunday, the final day of the first pre-season test. Hitting just as the Repsol Honda Team were returning from their mid-test break, the rain meant there was little to learn in the final afternoon and the squad began to prepare for the trip to Mandalika, Indonesia. Even with the rain, both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro are content with what they’ve been able to accomplish in a day and a half.

Marc Marquez finishes the second day of the Sepang test in eighth place, a 1’58.332 on his seventh lap of 49 putting him just 0.201s behind Enea Bastianini – fastest on the day. Although unable to do a planned long run due to the weather, Marquez and his side of the Repsol Honda Team garage were able to continue exploring the new Honda RC213V and gaining important knowledge. The coming Mandalika test will allow Marquez to further unlock the potential of the package Honda HRC have prepared over the winter.

Less than a tenth of a second behind his Repsol Honda Team team-mate, Pol Espargaro completed the second day rounding out the top ten. Returning to the circuit after the afternoon rain, his best time was set in the morning on lap nine of 50. Across the two days Espargaro completed 114 laps aboard his 2022 machine. Long runs during the test showed promise for the RC213V and the #44, he and his team excited to confirm their findings next week in Indonesia.

The final three days of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship pre-season will begin on February 11 at the new Mandalika Circuit in Indonesia. These three days will be crucial for the Repsol Honda Team as they aim to prepare the new 2022 RC213V for the first race under the Qatari floodlights.

Marc Marquez

8th 1'58.332

“I am happy about these two days in Sepang, but also tired! It’s true that it is very positive for us to be here even if I suffered a little bit physically, but we suffer now to enjoy in the season. When I push with the bike, the speed is there, and we are learning a lot about this bike after trying some big things. The bike certainly has potential and today we understood the front feeling better after some changes we made. Pol and Alex were fast in the long ran which is encouraging. I did a few laps in the damp and felt good too.”

Pol Espargaro

10th 1'58.420

“In general I’m pretty happy with how the test has gone, of course it would have been good to do a few more laps but the weather is what it is. We are close to the front with a new bike and this is positive. There’s still some time to find over one fast lap and I made a small mistake on my fastest lap, but on the longer runs we are working well. It will be important to improve the one lap speed because we have seen how tight Saturdays are in MotoGP. We were able to gather good data here and now we have a bit of homework to do before the next test.”

MotoGP 2022
Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Test - Day Two

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1'58.131
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.026
3 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.112
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.130
5 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.130
6 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.134
7 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.182
8 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.201
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.282
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.289
11 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.299
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.398
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.476
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.514
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.570
16 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.579
17 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.669
18 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.885
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.049
20 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.066
21 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.131
22 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.153
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.217
24 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.234
25 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.726
26 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 1.865
27 Tsuda Takuya 85 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 7.547
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 58.303s (168.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2019)
Race Lap 1m 59.661s (166.7km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2019)
Race Time 40m 14.632s (165.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)
2019 Race Winner Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)