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Viñales fastest by half a second on Day 2 of Sepang test

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Thursday 7th February, 2019 - 10:43pm

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Maverick Viñales pic: MotoGP Twitter

More than half a second separated Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales from the rest of the field on Day 2 of the Sepang pre-season MotoGP test, while Jack Miller was third-fastest.

Viñales’ fastest lap of 1:58.897s came very late in the afternoon, knocking Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins off top spot by 0.527s.

Rins’ personal best also came in the latter stages of the eight-hour session when he dislodged Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso from first position.

Miller was also among the late flurry on his Pramac Ducati and lapped within a tenth of Rins but 0.620s away from Viñales’ benchmark.

Dovizioso had been the first rider to better the fastest lap of Day 1, a 1:59.621s set by Marc Marquez, but was shuffled back to fourth by day’s end.

LCR’s Cal Crutchlow, two days back from injury, was fastest Honda rider on Day 2 in fifth despite a crash, after which he was reportedly okay.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) was sixth and Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati) seventh, while Marquez was eighth on his Repsol Honda with another relatively light load of 37 laps after off-season shoulder surgery.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) rounded out the top 10, with Johann Zarco 11th on his Red Bull KTM Factory bike.

Zarco’s team-mate Pol Espargaro was largely unscathed despite a tumble at Turn 1 and took 17th.

Aleix Espargaro led the way for Gresini Aprilia in 13th position after an early race simulation.

The test concludes tomorrow.

Pre-season testing: Sepang: Day 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:58.897 62/63
2 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:59.424 0.527/0.527 58/61
3 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:59.517 0.620/0.093 48/49
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:59.562 0.665/0.045 19/60
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:59.566 0.669/0.004 14/53
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.625 0.728/0.059 8/51
7 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:59.664 0.767/0.039 74/75
8 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.790 0.893/0.126 5/37
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:59.845 0.948/0.055 11/65
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:59.966 1.069/0.121 57/60
11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.973 1.076/0.007 56/58
12 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:59.995 1.098/0.022 51/52
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:00.101 1.204/0.106 9/54
14 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2:00.108 1.211/0.007 11/58
15 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2:00.151 1.254/0.043 56/58
16 6 Stefan BRADL GER Honda Test Team Honda 2:00.230 1.333/0.079 25/59
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.305 1.408/0.075 66/67
18 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:00.510 1.613/0.205 21/39
19 66 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Team KTM 2:00.523 1.626/0.013 4/41
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2:00.672 1.775/0.149 7/61
21 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:00.876 1.979/0.204 17/64
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:01.245 2.348/0.369 9/56
23 31 Yamaha TEST 1 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:01.406 2.509/0.161 15/42
24 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2:01.654 2.757/0.248 3/45
25 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2:01.859 2.962/0.205 39/53
26 32 Yamaha TEST 2 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:02.989 4.092/1.130 8/16
27 85 Takuya TSUDA JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2:03.276 4.379/0.287 17/22

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