On day two of the official test in Sepang, the action started around 11a.m., after riders had waited for the asphalt to dry from an overnight downpour. No further rain disrupted the proceedings until the very last minutes of the session.

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were therefore able to take advantage of a full day of work to carry out a number of tests on several areas of their bikes’ setup, including engine, aerodynamics, suspension, and tyres, and they posted the seventh (1’59.730”) and 12th (in 1’59.999”) fastest times, respectively. Marc suffered an uneventful tumble at turn two during his last run, when a light rain started to fall.

The test will conclude tomorrow.

Marc Marquez

7th 1:59.730 (51 of 68 laps)

“Today I’m very happy because we made some steps forward and I felt really good on my bike, especially in the afternoon, when we put everything in place and I did my fastest lap when the temperature was highest. Besides continuing our work on the engine and setup, we tried a new fairing, and when you do that type of test you have to adjust the bike’s balance a little bit. We’ll need to do more laps to collect more data and get used to riding with it. There are a few things we need to improve more, several areas of the setup that we have to adjust, but so far I’m happy with our pace and think we’re working well. Unfortunately, when we fit a new tyre at the end of the day, it started to rain a bit. I lost the front at turn two even though I wasn’t really pushing, but it wasn’t important.”

Dani Pedrosa

12th 1:59.999 (51 of 56 laps)

“Today we had a full-day session that allowed us to carry out many tests. We mainly used the new engine specifications, and we worked a lot on a new fairing and other combinations with the aerodynamics. We also worked on the suspension and tyres because with this type of work, you have to make many adjustments to the settings. Some aspects were good right away—the wheelie control was better, and we were able to apply more torque on corner-exit—but we need to improve other aspects and also try everything again at a different track. Anyway, the feeling was generally positive again today; we were quite precise in our work and managed to follow our testing plan well. Tomorrow will be the final day, and we’ll try and work more on the details.”

MotoGP 2018
Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Day 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.355
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.035
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.088
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.143
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.154
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.347
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.375
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.377
9 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.392
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.562
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.570
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.644
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.687
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.907
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.151
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.165
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.307
18 Kallio Mika 36 FIN KTM Test Team KTM 1.346
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.373
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.559
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.597
22 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.037
23 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.101
24 TEST 3 Yamaha 33 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.125
25 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.199
26 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.334
27 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.455
28 TEST 2 Yamaha 32 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 3.218
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


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)