Iannone puts Suzuki on top in Sepang

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Tuesday 31st January, 2017 - 9:53pm

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Andrea Iannone

Andrea Iannone was fastest on the second day of the MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang.

The new Suzuki rider clocked a blistering 1:59.45s in the final minutes of an eventful session at the Malaysian circuit.

The Italian’s strong finish saw him eclipse Monday’s best time set by Ducati test rider Casey Stoner by 0.22s.

Iannone’s effort came after the session was red flagged with an hour remaining when Marc VDS Honda rider Tito Rabat crashed heavily at Turn 7.

The Spaniard was transferred to a hospital in Putrajaya with suspected injuries to his left knee and right wrist.

Maverick Vinales improved in the final minutes as he ended the day in second just 0.4s shy of Iannone.

Vinales’ Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was fourth behind the Aspar Ducati of Alvaro Bautista.

Both factory Yamaha riders tested a new front fairing design as the team searches for aerodynamic gains following the much publicised winglet ban.

Reigning Moto2 world champion Johann Zarco was fifth aboard the Tech3 Yamaha ahead of Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera.

The factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and new signing Jorge Lorenzo occupied seventh and eighth with the latter making a significant improvement from Monday’s run.

MotoGP rookie Jonas Folger (Tech3 Yamaha) and world champion Marc Marquez (Honda) rounded out the top 10.

Marquez suffered an electrical fault that saw the Spaniard stop on track early in the afternoon.

Australia’s Jack Miller ended the day in 21st position for Marc VDS Honda.

Countryman Stoner will jump aboard the factory Ducati for the final day of the test which concludes on Wednesday.

Result: MotoGP pre-season testing Day 2, Sepang

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1:59.452
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:59.859 +0.407s
3 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 2:00.219 +0.767s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.254 +0.802s
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 2:00.343 +0.891s
6 Hector Barbera Ducati 2:00.351 +0.899s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:00.441 +0.989s
8 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2:00.484 +1.032s
9 Jonas Folger Yamaha 2:00.495 +1.043s
10 Marc Marquez Honda 2:00.531 +1.079s
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:00.609 +1.157s
12 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2:00.692 +1.240s
13 Alex Rins Suzuki 2:00.877 +1.425s
14 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:00.886 +1.434s
15 Scott Redding Ducati 2:00.972 +1.520s
16 Karel Abraham Ducati 2:00.981 +1.529s
17 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2:01.124 +1.672s
18 Loris Baz Ducati 2:01.227 +1.775s
19 Michele Pirro Ducati 2:01.383 +1.931s
20 Pol Espargaro KTM 2:01.525 +2.073s
21 Jack Miller Honda 2:01.557 +2.105s
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 2:02.058 +2.606s
23 Tito Rabat Honda 2:02.190 +2.738s
24 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 2:02.266 +2.814s
25 Bradley Smith KTM 2:02.517 +3.065s
26 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2:02.893 +3.441s
27 Kohta Nozane Yamaha 2:03.052 +3.600s

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