On the second day of the Malaysian MotoGP test, Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) posted the best time of 1:59.963, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) second at 2:00.015 and Marc Marquez (Honda) third with 2:00.146.
Lorenzo and Yamaha factory teammate Valentino Rossi were working on parts and electronics set-ups intended to preserve tire life on Day 2 at Sepang, while Marc Marquez tried to decide which of the bikes the Honda factory team brought worked best for him.
That testing ended up with Marquez suffering a minor off, but he wasn’t too banged up. Marquez has his decision narrowed down to two bikes, while teammate Dani Pedrosa is trying to decide between three bikes.
Cal Crutchlow, with LCR Honda, moved up the standings, from 10th to eighth. He was working on solutions for stability and figuring how to tweak his engine braking. The other LCR Honda rider, Jack Miller, is still pretty far down on the sheet; the rookie is in 23rd.
With Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone posting second- and fifth-best times respectively, you can be sure the Ducati factory team is hopeful for this year’s results. They’ve struggled ever since their return to MotoGP, with Rossi and Crutchlow both very unhappy during their time with the factory squad. Both their riders are moving up the sheet now, and the factory is surely happy about that. Maybe Luigi Dall’Igna will finally turn things around for them this year?
“I’m happy with this morning’s time but not 100% because I wanted to see a time of 1’59 on the dash,” said Dovizioso. “I was counting on it, it was an aim of mine here but I just missed out.”
Maverick Vinales showed why Suzuki picked him, moving up to 15th place in the second day. Aleix Espargaro finished 10th aboard the Suzuki prototype, 1.381 back from Lorenzo.
|Pos||Rider||Team||Fastest lap||Lead. Gap||Prev. Gap||Laps||Last lap|
|1||LORENZO, Jorge||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||1:59.963||19 / 56|
|2||DOVIZIOSO, Andrea||Ducati Team||2:00.015||0.052||0.052||6 / 54|
|3||MARQUEZ, Marc||Repsol Honda Team||2:00.146||0.183||0.131||35 / 67|
|4||PEDROSA, Dani||Repsol Honda Team||2:00.260||0.297||0.114||50 / 52|
|5||IANNONE, Andrea||Ducati Team||2:00.391||0.428||0.131||29 / 54|
|6||ROSSI, Valentino||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||2:00.676||0.713||0.285||20 / 63|
|7||ESPARGARO, Pol||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||2:00.959||0.996||0.283||7 / 57|
|8||CRUTCHLOW, Cal||CWM LCR Honda||2:01.058||1.095||0.099||19 / 62|
|9||SMITH, Bradley||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||2:01.098||1.135||0.040||32 / 51|
|10||ESPARGARO, Aleix||Team Suzuki MotoGP||2:01.344||1.381||0.246||10 / 55|
|11||BRADL, Stefan||Forward Racing Team||2:01.484||1.521||0.140||13 / 49|
|12||BARBERA, Hector||Avintia Racing||2:01.615||1.652||0.131||2 / 42|
|13||AOYAMA, Hiroshi||HRC||2:01.772||1.809||0.157||15 / 61|
|14||REDDING, Scott||Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS||2:01.844||1.881||0.072||22 / 52|
|15||VIÑALES, Maverick||Team Suzuki MotoGP||2:01.916||1.953||0.072||47 / 56|
|16||PETRUCCI, Danilo||Pramac Racing||2:01.932||1.969||0.016||53 / 55|
|17||BAUTISTA, Alvaro||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||2:02.155||2.192||0.223||31 / 44|
|18||PIRRO, Michele||Pramac Racing||2:02.199||2.236||0.044||39 / 40|
|19||HAYDEN, Nicky||Drive M7 Aspar||2:02.228||2.265||0.029||14 / 46|
|20||ABRAHAM, Karel||AB Motoracing||2:02.574||2.611||0.346||45 / 51|
|21||BAZ, Loris||Forward Racing Team||2:02.842||2.879||0.268||36 / 44|
|22||NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki||Yamaha Factory Test Team||2:02.914||2.951||0.072||28 / 40|
|23||MILLER, Jack||CWM LCR Honda||2:03.083||3.120||0.169||56 / 57|
|24||LAVERTY, Eugene||Drive M7 Aspar||2:03.129||3.166||0.046||14 / 45|
|25||DE ANGELIS, Alex||Octo Ioda Racing Team||2:03.399||3.436||0.270||8 / 47|
|26||DI MEGLIO, Mike||Avintia Racing||2:03.609||3.646||0.210||8 / 42|
|27||TAKAHASHI, Takumi||HRC||2:03.781||3.818||0.172||10 / 60|
|28||MELANDRI, Marco||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||2:04.487||4.524||0.706||3 / 53|