Marquez Leads Closely Fought Second Day at Sepang


Marc Marquez had mixed fortunes on day two of the second MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang, setting the fastest time of the week only to crash late in the afternoon. The world champion had little to show for his day one efforts but looked much more like his old self on Tuesday, setting a 1:59.844 to edge out Jorge Lorenzo and the two new Ducatis.

After topping the Monday timesheets, Yamaha made a bright start to daw two with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo lapping in the mid-2:00s range. Shortly before lunchtime though, Marquez became the first rider to break the two minute barrier with Lorenzo all-but matching him to leapfrog his teammate. Marc’s benchmark would remain unbeaten despite some late improvements with the 22 year old sliding off at turn four in his attempts to go quicker.

The Ducati GP15 continued to show promise with Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone pushing the new machine nearer to its limits. Dovizioso clocked 2:00.250 to go third late in the morning but Iannone would sneak ahead of his teammate in the final hour of the day, using favourable track conditions to set a 2:00.098.

Dani Pedrosa demoted Valentino Rossi to sixth while British duo Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow climbed into the top eight in the closing stages, both within half a second of Marquez. Aleix Espargaro gave Suzuki more cause for optimism with a 2:00.409 to finish ninth while younger brother Pol fell to tenth after setting his fastest lap right at the start of the day.

 

2015 MotoGP Testing: Sepang – February 24

1 Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:59.844
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:59.902
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati Team 2:00.098
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 2:00.250
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:00.275
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.308
7 Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.329
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda CWM LCR Honda 2:00.333
9 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:00.409
10 Pol Espargaro Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.689
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Pramac Racing 2:00.713
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:00.731
13 Scott Redding Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2:00.762
14 Hector Barbera Ducati Avintia Racing 2:00.847
15 Yonny Hernandez Ducati Pramac Racing 2:01.012
16 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha Forward Racing 2:01.131
17 Nicky Hayden Honda Drive M7 Aspar 2:01.633
18 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati Test Team 2:01.897
19 Eugene Laverty Honda Drive M7 Aspar 2:01.944
20 Karel Abraham Honda AB Motoracing 2:01.945
21 Jack Miller Honda CWM LCR Honda 2:01.968
22 Mike di Meglio Ducati Avintia Racing 2:02.006
23 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:02.221
24 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha Forward Racing 2:02.426
25 Alex de Angelis ART Octo IodaRacing Team 2:03.499
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:03.755
27 Marco Melandri Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:04.313