Reigning MotoGP champion leads the way as Espargaro goes fifth
Marc Marquez continued his customary trailblazing form during the second day of MotoGP pre-season testing at the Sepang International Circuit today with the Repsol Honda rider the only one to break the two minute mark with his teammate Dani Pedrosa in second and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl in third. There was also another surprise in store when NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro finished the day in fifth on his open class Yamaha.
With Pedrosa leading the way for the majority of the morning session, Marquez smashed through the 2 minute mark in the afternoon setting the fastest time of 1m 59.926s to his teammate’s second fastest lap of 2m 00.336s. Bradl wasn’t too far off with a 2m 00.339s lap and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi was also lapping in the low 2 minute bracket with the seven time MotoGP champion sitting in fourth place today with a best time of 2m 00.464s.
Jorge Lorenzo was busy trying new settings to improve the handling of his YZR-M1 today and the Spaniard came away with the 6th fastest time of 2m 00.573s while Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith had another good day with the British rider setting a best time of 2m 00.603s. While the factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finished in 11th and 12th respectively, flying the flag for Ducati in the top ten was Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone with a best time of 2m 00.855s while Alvaro Bautista set the 9th best lap of 2m 00.897s ahead of Pol Espargaro on the second of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machines setting a best time of 2m 01.061s.
Ducati test rider Michele Pirro followed in 13th behind Dovizioso and Crutchlow while Nicky Hayden was the next Open class rider on the timing sheets with the Drive M7 Aspar rider in 14th and close behind was his American compatriot Colin Edwards on the NGM Mobile Forward Racing machine. Energy TI Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez finished in 16th place with the HRC Test rider Kosuke Akiyoshi next along and Hiroshi Aoyama close behind in 18th on the second of the Drive M7 Aspar machines.