Marquez ends Sepang MotoGP test on top

Reigning MotoGP world champion takes fastest lap on day three ahead of Lorenzo and Crutchlow

Marc Marquez signed off at the second MotoGP test in Malaysia with the fastest time on day three today.

The Honda rider dominated days two and three at the Sepang circuit, the Spaniard followed into second place by Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow in third.

Marquez was again quick to set the pace early on and while he didn't equal his track record from the first Sepang test, he eventually set a time of 1:59.115 on lap 13 of a total of 73, the 22-year-old spending the remainder of the day focusing on set-up and chassis comparison rather than further time attack laps.

Lorenzo was also quick to post a time early before the humid conditions got any hotter, the Spaniard 0.322s off Marquez and 0.221s ahead of Crutchlow, who made a leap in improvement today on his RC213V machine.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone was fourth today with a best lap of 1:59.722, and while Andrea Dovizioso may have finished in 10th today, both Italians were very fast in adapting to the new Desmosedici GP15 over the three days.

Valentino Rossi was not able to match the top three today, the seven times MotoGP champion in fifth just 0.050s ahead of Bradley Smith on the satellite Yamaha Tech 3 machine.

Dani Pedrosa ended the day in seventh place, the Honda rider the final man to break the two-minute mark with his best lap of 1m 59.912s to see him ahead of Open Class rider Hector Barbera for the Avintia Racing team with a stunning time of 2:00.244 good enough for eight place and ahead of the factory machine of Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro.

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1. Marc Marquez Honda 1:59.115   63
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:59.437 +0.322 71
3. Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:59.658 +0.543 58
4. Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:59.722 +0.607 58
5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:59.833 +0.718 57
6. Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:59.883 +0.768 61
7. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:59.912 +0.797 50
8. Hector Barbera Ducati 2:00.244 +1.129 61
9. Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:00.275 +1.160 57
10. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:00.468 +1.353 44
11. Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2:00.490 +1.375 57
12. Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2:00.556 +1.441 61
13. Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2:00.603 +1.488 57
14. Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2:00.604 +1.489 53
15. Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 2:00.685 +1.570 46
16. Scott Redding Honda 2:00.695 +1.580 58
17. Nicky Hayden Honda 2:00.813 +1.698 57
18. Michele Pirro Ducati 2:00.875 +1.760 41
19. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.310 +2.195 56
20. Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2:01.487 +2.372 40
21. Karel Abraham Honda 2:01.536 +2.421 65
22. Jack Miller Honda 2:01.593 +2.478 42
23. Eugene Laverty Honda 2:01.815 +2.700 40
24. Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2:02.587 +3.472 37
25. Alex De Angelis Art 2:03.300 +4.185 51
26. Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:03.448 +4.333 45
27. Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:03.569 +4.454 49

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Series MotoGP
Event Sepang February testing II
Track Sepang International Circuit
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Bradley Smith , Eugene Laverty , Marco Melandri , Hector Barbera , Alvaro Bautista , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Cal Crutchlow , Michele Pirro , Stefan Bradl , Scott Redding , Aleix Espargaro , Dani Pedrosa , Karel Abraham , Marc Marquez , Katsuyuki Nakasuga , Yonny Hernandez , Danilo Petrucci , Loris Baz , Pol Espargaro , Andrea Iannone , Jack Miller , Maverick Viñales
Article type Breaking news
Tags avintia racing, ducati, movistar yamaha, repsol honda, suzuki, tech 3