VR46’s Marini fastest on Day 2 of Mandalika MotoGP test

Luca Marini. Picture: Mooney VR46 Racing Team Twitter

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.

Day 1 of the test had been a bizarre affair, with riders at one point sent out for the express purpose of cleaning up a dirty Mandalika International Street Circuit.

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

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
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

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