Dry conditions over the course of the second day allowed both halves of the Repsol Honda Team to work through their respective test programs, each rider improving on their day one times.
Sticking to the Repsol Honda Team’s plan, Marc Marquez again limited his running in Malaysia to ensure his still-healing shoulder will be in the best possible condition for the opening race in Qatar. Setting a best time of 1’59.097 on his tenth lap of 47 today, Marquez continued to work through a variety of ideas for the upcoming 2020 season while assessing his physical condition. Towards the end of his running, the reigning MotoGP World Champion suffered a crash at Turn 3 but sustained no injuries.
Progress continued almost immediately for Alex Marquez as the MotoGP rookie set a 1’59.661 during his first run of the day. No signs of rain also allowed the Moto2 World Champion to understand the RC213V over a longer sequence of laps and work on understanding the behaviour of used tyres. Sitting out the middle part of the day with the rest of the MotoGP field, Alex returned to the track for the final hour of running and ended the second day of the official test after 66 laps with his best time remaining from the morning’s cooler conditions.
One final day of running in Sepang remains before the paddock heads for the final pre-season test in Qatar ahead of the season’s opening race at the same circuit.
Sepang Test Day Two
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 57.491s (169.8km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m 58.979s (167.7km/h) Alex Marquez (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Alex Marquez (Ducati)|