Marquez Maintains Stranglehold On Day Two In Malaysia


Marc Marquez continued his dominance of pre-season testing at Sepang on Wednesday, leading a Honda 1-2-3. The world champion was the only rider to break the two minute barrier to finish four tenths clear of teammate Dani Pedrosa and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl although times were close behind the leader, just a quarter of a second separating Pedrosa and seventh placed Bradley Smith.

Most riders set their quickest times in the morning with Marquez clocking a 1:59.926 shortly before the lunch break. Pedrosa and Bradl also peaked in the morning with Dani setting a 2:00.336 on Bridgestone’s new soft tyre, just three thousandths of a second quicker than the German. Valentino Rossi was a tenth further back in fifth, finishing as the top Yamaha rider once again, while Aleix Espargaro produced a sensational display to take fifth on the open FTR-Yamaha for Forward Racing. Two more Yamahas completed a tight top seven with Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith three hundredths apart in sixth and seventh.

Pramac’s Andrea Iannone led the Ducati challenge for the second day in a row but Alvaro Bautista struggled in comparison to day one, suffering a technical problem this morning on his Gresini Honda. The Spaniard returned to the track and claimed ninth late on with Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro completing the top ten, setting his best time at the beginning of the day.

Although their positions didn’t change significantly, Ducati’s factory riders each found over a second form their Tuesday best. Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow were eleventh and twelfth respectively with Michele Pirro and Nicky Hayden close behind, the latter finishing as the quickest of the production Hondas. Scott Redding, also aboard the open-spec Honda, closed the gap on the leaders from four to three seconds on a positive day for the British rookie, ending the day in 21st position.

 

MOTOGP OFFICIAL TEST – SEPANG (WEDNESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY)
POS RIDER MOTORCYCLE TEAM TIME
1  MARC MARQUEZ HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1:59.926
2  DANI PEDROSA HONDA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2:00.336
3  STEFAN BRADL HONDA LCR HONDA MOTOGP 2:00.339
4  VALENTINO ROSSI YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:00.464
5  ALEIX ESPARGARO FTR YAMAHA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:00.547
6  JORGE LORENZO YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY RACING 2:00.573
7  BRADLEY SMITH YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:00.603
8  ANDREA IANNONE DUCATI ENERGY T.I. PRAMAC RACING 2:00.855
8  ALVARO BAUTISTA HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:00.897
10  POL ESPARGARO YAMAHA MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3 2:01.061
11  ANDREA DOVIZIOSO DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:01.146
12  CAL CRUTCHLOW DUCATI DUCATI TEAM 2:01.396
13  MICHELE PIRRO DUCATI DUCATI TEST TEAM 2:02.177
14  NICKY HAYDEN HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.287
15  COLIN EDWARDS FTR YAHAMA NGM MOBILE FORWARD RACING 2:02.545
16  YONNY HERNANDEZ DUCATI IGNITE PRAMAC RACING TEAM 2:02.675
17  KOSUKE AKIYOSHI HONDA HRC TEST TEAM 2:02.692
18  HIROSHI AOYAMA HONDA DRIVE M7 ASPAR 2:02.825
19  K. NAKASUGA YAMAHA YAMAHA FACTORY TEST TEAM 2:02.970
20  RANDY DE PUNIET SUZUKI SUZUKI TEST TEAM 2:03.064
21  SCOTT REDDING HONDA GO&FUN HONDA GRESINI 2:03.117
22  MICHAEL LAVERTY ART & PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:03.528
23  HECTOR BARBERA FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:04.551
24  BROC PARKES PBM PAUL BIRD MOTORSPORT 2:04.619
25  KAREL ABRAHAM HONDA CARDION AB MOTORACING 2:05.261
26  MIKE DI MEGLIO FTR KAWASAKI AVINTIA BLUSENS 2:05.355