Injured Marquez starts new year fastest at Sepang test

Thursday 7th February, 2019 - 1:48am


Marc Marquez

Recent shoulder surgery could not stop Marc Marquez from setting the pace on the first day of full MotoGP testing of 2019 at Sepang.

The Repsol Honda rider stopped the clocks at 1:59.621s in the fourth hour of the eight-hour session and despite dismounting for the day a short time later as he sought to preserve his left shoulder, Marquez’s time was not beaten.

Similarly, Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins, who was quickest before being bumped by Marquez, remained second on the timesheets with a 1:59.880s.

Maverick Viñales was third-fastest and Monster Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi sixth.

Reale Avintia’s Tito Rabat was a late mover to fourth and therefore the lead Ducati rider, just ahead of new factory pilot Danilo Petrucci, while 2017 and 2018 runner-up Andrea Dovizioso was eighth.

Breaking up the succession of Italians on the timing screen was Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami in seventh.

Nakagami’s LCR Honda team-mate Cal Crutchlow made his first appearance since his Phillip Island crash in late October and ended the day in 14th after notching up 51 laps.

Stefan Bradl, filling in for the injured Jorge Lorenzo but officially riding for the Honda Test Team, was ninth at 0.593s off the pace.

Pol Espargaro completed 44 laps on the #44 Red Bull KTM Factory RC16 and ended up 10th despite a late crash, well clear of new team-mate Johann Zarco in 20th.

Jack Miller, in 11th at 0.762s off the pace, also had a spill towards the end of the afternoon on his Pramac Ducati, as his team-mate Francesco Bagnaia led the way for the rookies in 15th.

Aleix Espargaro was fastest from the Gresini Aprilia stable in 13th position.

Testing continues on Thursday and Friday.

Pre-season testing: Sepang: Day 1

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.621 26/29
2 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:59.880 0.259/0.259 25/61
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.937 0.316/0.057 28/63
4 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:59.983 0.362/0.046 58/59
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 2:00.051 0.430/0.068 8/54
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2:00.054 0.433/0.003 22/56
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 2:00.158 0.537/0.104 54/55
8 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 2:00.197 0.576/0.039 17/49
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER Honda Test Team Honda 2:00.214 0.593/0.017 41/61
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.313 0.692/0.099 3/44
11 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2:00.383 0.762/0.070 26/51
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2:00.460 0.839/0.077 58/60
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:00.602 0.981/0.142 51/55
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 2:00.681 1.060/0.079 24/51
15 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2:00.694 1.073/0.013 25/49
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2:00.902 1.281/0.208 58/59
17 31 Yamaha TEST 1 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:00.965 1.344/0.063 54/55
18 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2:00.985 1.364/0.020 45/65
19 66 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Team KTM 2:01.054 1.433/0.069 4/20
20 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:01.121 1.500/0.067 53/61
21 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:01.249 1.628/0.128 35/36
22 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2:01.286 1.665/0.037 14/58
23 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:01.432 1.811/0.146 24/55
24 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:01.627 2.006/0.195 25/45
25 32 Yamaha TEST 2 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:01.736 2.115/0.109 11/45
26 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2:01.853 2.232/0.117 48/49 comment policy reserves the right to remove comments that are off-topic, abusive and ban users who do not follow the comment policy. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

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