Marquez goes quickest on day two at Sepang

Marc Marquez returned to the top of the timing sheets on the second day of testing at the Sepang circuit.

The double MotoGP champion was the first rider to lap under the two-minute barrier this week, with Jorge Lorenzo also improving by three places today to end up in second and the Ducati GP15 machine of Andrea Iannone in third.

Marquez was quick to get up to speed and was immediately fas, and with the forecast at the Malaysian track predicting thunderstorms for the afternoon, the Honda rider made sure he put in a brace of fast times early on, in which came his time of 1:59.844, with Lorenzo the only other rider to break the two-minute mark with a lap of 1:59.90s.

Despite not being able to match the top two riders’ times, Ducati will be very happy with factory riders Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, who finished in third and fourth respectively following a last-gasp effort from Iannone late in the day.

Dani Pedrosa (2:00.275) progressed well but could not match the pace of the front men as was the story with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (2:00.308) who led early on but fell off the pace later on and end today in sixth place.

Bradley Smith ended the day in seventh place for the Tech 3 Yamaha team, the British rider getting the better of teammate Pol Espargaro today by the tune of three places with Espargaro grabbing the tenth best time today but both riders continue to successfully chip away at lowering their laptimes.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow is continuing to adapt to his factory RC213V machine and finished with a best lap of 2:00.509 to see him in eighth today while Aleix Esapargaro continues to improve the pace of the Suzuki MotoGP machine with the ninth fastest time.       

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1. Marc Marquez Honda 1:59.844   63
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:59.902 +0.058 71
3. Andrea Iannone Ducati 2:00.098 +0.254 58
4. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:00.250 +0.406 58
5. Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:00.275 +0.431 57
6. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.308 +0.464 61
7. Bradley Smith Yamaha 2:00.329 +0.485 50
8. Cal Crutchlow Honda 2:00.333 +0.489 61
9. Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:00.409 +0.565 57
10. Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2:00.689 +0.845 44
11. Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2:00.713 +0.869 57
12. Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2:00.731 +0.887 61
13. Scott Redding Honda 2:00.762 +0.918 57
14. Hector Barbera Ducati 2:00.847 +1.003 53
15. Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2:01.012 +1.168 46
16. Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 2:01.131 +1.287 58
17. Nicky Hayden Honda 2:01.633 +1.789 57
18. Michele Pirro Ducati 2:01.897 +2.053 41
19. Eugene Laverty Honda 2:01.944 +2.100 56
20. Karel Abraham Honda 2:01.945 +2.101 40
21. Jack Miller Honda 2:01.968 +2.124 65
22. Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2:02.006 +2.162 42
23. Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:02.221 +2.377 40
24. Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2:02.426 +2.582 37
25. Alex De Angelis Art 2:03.499 +3.655 51
26. Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:03.755 +3.911 45
27. Marco Melandri Aprilia 2:04.313 +4.469 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 Testing report
Tags ducati, movistar yamaha, repsol honda, sepang, suzuki, tech 3