Dani Pedrosa maintained a narrow advantage over Jorge Lorenzo as day two of the Sepang pre-season test came to a close. The pair were as closely matched as they had been yesterday but Pedrosa claimed the honours for the second day running after trumping Lorenzo’s morning flyer.

The Repsol Honda team continued to focus on electronics with Pedrosa also working out the best way to distribute the extra 3kg the bikes must carry under the 2013 rules and the Spaniard got down to a 2:00.549 before rain arrived an hour before the scheduled finish. Lorenzo, whose experiment with new and old components continued, was just 0.019s adrift with the impressive Marc Marquez just a quarter of a second back in third. The top four mirrored that of day one with Valentino Rossi sending another message of intent with the fourth fastest time.

Cal Crutchlow found half a second on his Tuesday best to take fifth ahead of Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista but the significant strides were being taken further back. Crutchlow’s Tech 3 teammate Bradley Smith was a full 1.5s quicker than he had been on day one, jumping four places to eighth while Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso went a little way to calming Ducati’s fears by gaining 1.2s each to break into the top ten.

Ben Spies was another rapid improver after overcoming the injury problem that curtailed his opening day, cutting two seconds of his previous best while Andrea Iannone also took a step forward in the other Pramac Ducati to overtake the Aspar CRTs who spent today testing a new chassis and swingarm.

Another man who could feel very satisfied with his day’s work was Michael Laverty who clocked a 2:05.417, enough for 23rd overall and quicker than Pau Bird teammate Yonny Hernandez who complained of a lack of rear grip on his ART.

 

Official MotoGP Test – Sepang (Wednesday 6th February)
Pos Rider Nat Team Time Laps  
1 26. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 2:00.549 37 Report
2 99. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.568 52 Report
3 93. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.803 34 Report
4 46. Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.038 45 Report
5 35. Cal Crutchlow Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.311 41 Report
6 6. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda MotoGP 2:01.369 31 Report
7 19. Alvaro Bautista Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:01.729 46
8 38. Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.931 40 Report
9 69. Nicky Hayden Ducati Team 2:02.110 51
10 04. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 2:02.379 51
11 72. Kosuke Akiyoshi HRC Test Team 2:02.526 29
12 T2. K Nakasuga Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.701 30
13 11. Ben Spies Ignite Pramac Racing 2:03.002 27
14 T1. Wataru Yoshikawa Yamaha Factory Racing 2:03.156 39
15 29. Andrea Iannone Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:03.169 29
16 41. Aleix Espargaro Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.251 40
17 14. Randy de Puniet Power Electronics Aspar 2:03.791 63
18 9. Danilo Petrucci Came IodaRacing Project 2:04.284 48
19 37. Takumi Takahashi HRC Test Team 2:04.559 44
20 7. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia Blusens 2:04.786 32
21 8. Hector Barbera Avintia Blusens 2:04.989 28
22 17. Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.028 54
23 33. Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.417 31
24 71. Claudio Corti NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.721 22
25 68. Yonny Hernandez Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.837 36
26 5. Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:06.205 23
27 67. Bryan Staring Go & Fun Honda Gresini 2:06.898 33
28 52. Lukas Pesek Came Ioda Racing Project 2:21.512 14