Petrucci Leads on Dramatic Second Day at Sepang


Danilo Petrucci was the surprise pacesetter on Tuesday at Sepang but the second day of the pre-season test was overshadowed by a heavy crash involving Avintia Racing’s Loris Baz. Petrucci clocked the quickest lap time of the week so far to outpace Jorge Lorenzo but Baz’s 290 km/h crash dominated the headlines.

The incident occurred inside the opening 45 minutes with Baz suffering a rear tyre blow out on the start/finish straight. Miraculously, the Frenchman only suffered bruising but his Ducati was destroyed and Michelin, keen to establish the cause of the failure, withdrew the softer compound tyre from the remainder of the test.

By this point, Petrucci had already gone fastest on a 2:00.095, half a second quicker than Lorenzo’s Monday benchmark, and the withdrawal of the soft tyre put paid to any realistic hopes of his rivals challenging him. Lorenzo came closest, setting a 2:00.155 on the harder rubber, but the world champion’s afternoon was interrupted by his own high speed crash at turn five.

Hector Barbera was another satellite Ducati rider to impress with third place, giving Avintia something to smile about after a disastrous morning, while Honda enjoyed a more positive second day with Marc Marquez fourth fastest, just ahead of LCR’s Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi on the second Yamaha.

All in all, five Ducatis made up the top ten with Scott Redding a solid seventh ahead of Andrea Iannone with the returning Casey Stoner finishing ninth fastest, a second off the ultimate pace. Bradley Smith enjoyed a stronger second day as he climbed from fifteenth to tenth but his teammate Pol Espargaro had much less to smile about, crashing twice to end the day in fifteenth spot himself.

 

MotoGP Official Test – Sepang (Day Two Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
19. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich2:00.095
299. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:00.155
38. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing2:00.387
493. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team2:00.843
535. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda2:00.899
646. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:01.021
745. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich2:01.049
829. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team2:01.052
927. Casey STONERDucatiDucati Team2:01.103
1038. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.107
1125. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:01.421
1226. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team2:01.475
1368. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team2:01.644
144. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team2:01.723
1544. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:01.992
1641. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:02.092
1753. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.328
186. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:02.372
1976. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing2:02.611
2019. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:02.691
2121. Katsuyuki NAKASUGAYamahaYamaha Test Team2:02.876