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|