Yamahas set pace on Day 2 of Sepang test

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Monday 29th January, 2018 - 11:30pm

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Maverick Viñales pic: MotoGP Twitter

Maverick Viñales has edged Valentino Rossi at the top of the timesheets on Day 2 of the Sepang MotoGP pre-season test.

Rossi took until the last half-hour of the eight-hour session to better Dani Pedrosa’s Day 1 benchmark (1:59.427s), before being usurped by his Movistar Yamaha team-mate’s 1:59.355s in the final minutes.

Cal Crutchlow had been fastest prior to then and ended up third on the timesheets on his LCR Honda, one position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

Again, Jack Miller was fifth-fastest as he continued to acquaint himself with his Pramac Ducati.

Last year’s championship combatants Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were seventh- and eighth-fastest respectively, the former crashing late in the day.

Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) was 12th on the day but third-fastest if times from both days are combined.

Earlier rain once again made for a slow start to proceedings, but the real drama was a small fire from Andrea Iannone’s Suzuki, and also Pol Espargaro’s crash which saw the Red Bull KTM rider taken to hospital for precautionary checks.


The other main talking point was the testing of aero fairings by the factory Honda riders Marquez and Pedrosa, satellite Honda rider Crutchlow, and the factory Yamaha riders Viñales and Rossi.

The test concludes tomorrow (Tuesday).

Pre-season testing: Sepang: Day 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.355
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.390 0.035/0.035
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:59.443 0.088/0.053
4 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:59.498 0.143/0.055
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:59.509 0.154/0.011
6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:59.702 0.347/0.193
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.730 0.375/0.028
8 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:59.732 0.377/0.002
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:59.747 0.392/0.015
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:59.917 0.562/0.170
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:59.925 0.570/0.008
12 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.999 0.644/0.074
13 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:00.042 0.687/0.043
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.262 0.907/0.220
15 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:00.506 1.151/0.244
16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.520 1.165/0.014
17 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2:00.662 1.307/0.142
18 36 Mika KALLIO FIN KTM Test Team KTM 2:00.701 1.346/0.039
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2:00.728 1.373/0.027
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2:00.914 1.559/0.186
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 2:00.952 1.597/0.038
22 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2:01.392 2.037/0.440
23 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:01.456 2.101/0.064
24 33 Yamaha TEST 3 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:01.480 2.125/0.024
25 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2:01.554 2.199/0.074
26 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:01.689 2.334/0.135
27 12 Tom LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2:01.810 2.455/0.121
28 32 Yamaha TEST 2 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:02.573 3.218/0.763

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