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Ducatis sweep top four on final day of Sepang test

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Friday 8th February, 2019 - 10:17pm

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Danilo Petrucci led an all-Ducati top four as six riders surpassed the unofficial lap record on the final day of the Sepang pre-season MotoGP test.

Petrucci clocked a 1:58.239s during the first hour on his Mission Winnow Ducati, easily bettering the 1:58.830s set by the man he replaced at the team, Jorge Lorenzo, in the corresponding test of 2018.

Alma Pramac Racing’s Francesco Bagnaia ended up just 0.063s short on a GP18, and virtually the same margin faster than team-mate Jack Miller on a new-spec Ducati.

Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top four on his works-entered machine, with both he and Petrucci trying the Bologna factory’s new aero fairing.

Petrucci would damage his fairing with a crash after his fast lap, while Miller went down for a third day in a row late in the afternoon.

Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales finished up fifth and LCR’s Cal Crutchlow was the fastest of the Honda riders for the second day in a row in sixth.

The first of the Gresini Aprilias was Aleix Espargaro in seventh, ahead of SRT Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli and LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.

Valentino Rossi rounded out the top 10 on his Monster Yamaha as the injured Marc Marquez again took an early mark, leaving the Repsol Honda rider 11th.

Leading the way for Suzuki Ectstar was Alex Rins in 12th and for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing was Johann Zarco in 17th.

Andrea Iannone sat out the eight-hour session with an infection and was replaced at Aprilia by test rider Bradley Smith.

The Qatar pre-season test takes place on February 23-25.

Pre-season testing: Sepang: Day 3

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:58.239   10/32
2 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:58.302 0.063/0.063 11/21
3 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:58.366 0.127/0.064 12/47
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:58.538 0.299/0.172 11/36
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:58.644 0.405/0.106 8/79
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:58.780 0.541/0.136 17/61
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:59.022 0.783/0.242 11/52
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:59.141 0.902/0.119 8/66
9 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:59.148 0.909/0.007 21/61
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.155 0.916/0.007 9/62
11 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:59.170 0.931/0.015 4/39
12 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:59.180 0.941/0.010 14/75
13 6 Stefan BRADL GER Honda Test Team Honda 1:59.368 1.129/0.188 13/57
14 53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:59.485 1.246/0.117 9/41
15 36 Joan MIR SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:59.486 1.247/0.001 25/53
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:59.497 1.258/0.011 13/77
17 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.640 1.401/0.143 15/44
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.751 1.512/0.111 14/57
19 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:59.949 1.710/0.198 9/38
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:00.378 2.139/0.429 22/36
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 2:00.766 2.527/0.388 9/21
22 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2:00.990 2.751/0.224 3/56
23 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Factory Team Aprilia 2:00.995 2.756/0.005 54/56
24 66 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Team KTM 2:01.020 2.781/0.025 4/38
25 32 Yamaha TEST 2 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:01.243 3.004/0.223 3/43
26 31 Yamaha TEST 1 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2:01.719 3.480/0.476 5/49

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