VR46’s Marini fastest on Day 2 of Mandalika MotoGP test
Saturday 12th February, 2022 - 9:06pm
VR46 Ducati rider Luca Marini has set the pace on Day 2 of MotoGP’s Official Test at Indonesia’s new Mandalika circuit.
The Italian clocked a 1:31.289s on his Desmosedici GP22 when the field moved into time attack mode late in the day, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez ending up second-best at 0.192s off the pace.
The two Australians in the field, Jack Miller and Remy Gardner, finished 20th and beyond on the timesheet.
Only Repsol Honda’s Pol Espargaro beat the Superbike World Championship lap record with a time of 1:32.466s, but that marker was quickly knocked off on Day 2.
Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins was quickest after the first hour on a 1:31.884s, and Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder held that mantle another hour later courtesy of a 1:31.814s.
The South African remained top all the way until around 30 minutes remained in the eight-hour session, when Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo punched out a 1:31.564s.
Minutes later, it was Marini moving into the ascendancy on the #10 Mooney VR46 entry, before Marc Marquez took up second position.
Aprilia Racing’s Maverick Viñales ended up third on a 1:31.516s, meaning Quartararo was shuffled back to fourth, with Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir rounding out the top five on a 1:31.586s.
Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco set an identical time on his Ducati to officially be classified sixth, from Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati), Pol Espargaro, Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) in 10th.
Brad Binder settled in 11th, having made no advance on the aforementioned lap time, while Miller was 1.029s off the pace in 20th on his factory Ducati Lenovo Team entry.
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team-mates Raul Fernandez and Gardner wound up 21st and 23rd respectively, while WithU RNF Yamaha rider Darryn Binder propped up the timesheet in 24th.
Despite track conditions improving, the surface was still treacherous off-line, and that contributed to several crashes.
Darryn Binder and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were among those to go down, as were Mir, Martin, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati), Fernandez, and Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati).
The final day of official pre-season testing takes place tomorrow (Sunday).
Day 2: Mandalika Official test
|1||10||Luca MARINI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:31.289||57/59|
|2||93||Marc MARQUEZ||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:31.481||0.192/0.192||73/74|
|3||12||Maverick VIÑALES||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:31.516||0.227/0.035||66/68|
|4||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:31.564||0.275/0.048||66/68|
|5||36||Joan MIR||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:31.586||0.297/0.022||46/47|
|6||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:31.586||0.297||68/74|
|7||23||Enea BASTIANINI||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:31.599||0.310/0.013||47/49|
|8||44||Pol ESPARGARO||ESP||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:31.605||0.316/0.006||75/76|
|9||89||Jorge MARTIN||ESP||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:31.665||0.376/0.060||65/68|
|10||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:31.725||0.436/0.060||81/83|
|11||33||Brad BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:31.814||0.525/0.089||15/53|
|12||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:31.849||0.560/0.035||63/64|
|13||42||Alex RINS||ESP||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:31.884||0.595/0.035||15/72|
|14||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||ESP||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||1:31.906||0.617/0.022||10/49|
|15||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:31.918||0.629/0.012||63/65|
|16||73||Alex MARQUEZ||ESP||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:31.980||0.691/0.062||68/77|
|17||49||Fabio DI GIANNANTO||ITA||Gresini Racing MotoGP||Ducati||1:32.047||0.758/0.067||52/55|
|18||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:32.200||0.911/0.153||77/84|
|19||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:32.303||1.014/0.103||59/70|
|20||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:32.318||1.029/0.015||76/84|
|21||25||Raul FERNANDEZ||ESP||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:32.401||1.112/0.083||31/52|
|22||72||Marco BEZZECCHI||ITA||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||1:32.471||1.182/0.070||62/63|
|23||87||Remy GARDNER||AUS||Tech3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:32.598||1.309/0.127||66/69|
|24||40||Darryn BINDER||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||1:33.053||1.764/0.455||54/54|