MotoGP Sepang Test: Marquez fastest as top 14 covered by 1 second

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 24 Feb 2015

Marquez was fastest on Day 2

Marc Marquez returned to the top on Day 2 of MotoGP testing in Sepang, but with a second covering the top fourteen riders the grid looks closer than ever.

The Spaniard was sixth fastest on the first day after suffering braking issues but with these resolved, he got down to the pace on Tuesday setting a fastest lap of 1’59.884 to top the pile by just 0.058 ahead of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

There was good news for Ducati with both Iannone and Dovizioso within half a second of Marquez’ time on the all-new GP15, which seems to have fixed Ducati’s long-term handling issues.

Dani Pedrosa was fifth fastest just 0.464 off his teammate’s time ahead of Valentino Rossi in sixth. Just 0.004 separated Britain’s Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow who were seventh and eighth fastest respectively ahead of the Espargaro brothers, led by Aleix on the Suzuki, rounding out the top ten.

Espargaro was ninth quickest

Danilo Petrucci was eleventh ahead of rookie Maverick Vinales with Bike Social-backed Scott Redding also within a second of Marquez’ time.

Hector Barbera set the fourteenth fastest lap time just 1.003 seconds off the pace after towing Redding earlier in the day with Yonny Hernandez rounding out the top fifteen.

The day’s crashers included Pol Espargaro and leader Marc Marquez, plus Jack Miller who went down in the dying moments of the day’s session.

Testing concludes tomorrow.

1   MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:59.844  
2   LORENZO, Jorge Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:59.902 0.058
3   IANNONE, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.098 0.254
4   DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.250 0.406
5   PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.275 0.431
6   ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2:00.308 0.464
7   SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.329 0.485
8   CRUTCHLOW, Cal CWM LCR Honda 2:00.333 0.489
9   ESPARGARO, Aleix Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:00.409 0.565
10   ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:00.689 0.845
11   PETRUCCI, Danilo Pramac Racing 2:00.713 0.869
12   VINALES, Maverick Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:00.731 0.887
13   REDDING, Scott Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS 2:00.762 0.918
14   BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:00.847 1.003
15   HERNANDEZ, Yonny Pramac Racing 2:01.012 1.168
16   BRADL, Stefan Forward Racing Team 2:01.131 1.287
17   HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:01.633 1.789
18   PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 2:01.897 2.053
19   LAVERTY, Eugene Drive M7 Aspar 2:01.944 2.1
20   ABRAHAM, Karel AB Motoracing 2:01.945 2.101
21   MILLER, Jack CWM LCR Honda 2:01.968 2.124
22   DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:02.006 2.162
23   BAUTISTA, Alvaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:02.221 2.377
24   BAZ, Loris Forward Racing Team 2:02.426 2.582
25   DE ANGELIS, Alex Octo Ioda Racing Team 2:03.499 3.655
26   NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:03.755 3.911
27   MELANDRI, Marco Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2:04.313 4.469