Testing times at Sepang – day two

Posted: 27 Feb 2014

Dani Pedrosa

Day two of the three-day MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang has concluded, with Dani Pedrosa leading the field with a best lap of 2:00.039. The Repsol Honda veteran scored three race victories last seasondespite breaking his collarbone in Germany, and now hopes to make his ninth year in the premier class his year.

Aleix Espargaro posted the second quickest lap of today’s test aboard the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Yamaha M1, while yesterday’s timesheet topper Alvaro Bautista posted third. Valentino Rossi showed a marked improvement in terms of lap times from yesterday’s session, with a fourth fastest lap.

Ducati’s Cal Crutchlow was the quickest Brit with a best lap of 2:00.952, while Bradley Smith and Scott Redding posted tenth and 17th best times.

World Champion Marc Marquez, who broke his fibula last Wednesday during a flat track accident, is understandably absent from Sepang, and the recent confirmation that he will be unable to join the Phillip Island test, which takes place before the season kick-off at Qatar, will undoubtedly be a blow to the young Spaniard.

In a statement released after a check-up with his doctor yesterday afternoon, Marquez said: "I’m obviously disappointed that I’m not in Sepang at the moment and to miss Phillip Island is also unfortunate, but we believe it is the best decision. After my meeting today with Dr. Mir, although he was happy with the general situation of my leg after only seven days since the accident, he advised against taking unnecessary risk. So I will take time to rest and get myself as fit as possible to return to Qatar for the first race in the best shape possible."

In addition, the PBM team of Michael Laverty and BrocParcs were absent from the test, as well as the Iodaracingduo of Leon Camier and DaniloPetrucci.

The test concludes on Friday.

Test results – day 2

1

 

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

2:00.039

 

2

 

ESPARGARO, Aleix

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2:00.320

0.281

3

 

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2:00.500

0.461

4

 

ROSSI, Valentino

Yamaha Factory Racing

2:00.605

0.566

5

 

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

2:00.787

0.748

6

 

BRADL, Stefan

LCR Honda MotoGP

2:00.902

0.863

7

 

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

Ducati Team

2:00.952

0.913

8

 

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2:01.027

0.988

9

 

LORENZO, Jorge

Yamaha Factory Racing

2:01.049

1.010

10

 

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

2:01.098

1.059

11

 

IANNONE, Andrea

Pramac Racing

2:01.173

1.134

12

 

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Energy T.I. Pramac Racing

2:01.658

1.619

13

 

EDWARDS, Colin

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

2:01.996

1.957

14

 

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

2:02.088

2.049

15

 

DE PUNIET, Randy

Team Suzuki MotoGP

2:02.139

2.100

16

 

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

2:02.149

2.110

17

 

REDDING, Scott

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

2:02.652

2.613

18

 

AOYAMA, Hiroshi

Drive M7 Aspar

2:02.786

2.747

19

 

PIRRO, Michele

Ducati Test Team

2:02.799

2.760

20

 

NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki

Yamaha Factory Test Team

2:02.802

2.763

21

 

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

2:03.946

3.907

22

 

ABRAHAM, Karel

Cardion AB Motoracing

2:05.198

5.159

23

 

AOKI, Nobuatsu

Team Suzuki MotoGP

2:07.462

7.423

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