|This man has a point he’d like to prove…
Photo: Repsol Honda
Dani Pedrosa has started where he left off in Sepang, on top of the time sheets albeit a second and a half slower than the fastest time he put in at the first Sepang test. The Repsol Honda man keen to show who is boss this year. He was followed, as expected by world champion Jorge Lorenzo who was two tenths slower. Testing ended a few hours early due to rain.
Marc Marquez continued to show that he has no issues keeping up with his more experienced opponents, he posted the third fastest time today, three tenths off his team mate. However, the man who beat Marquez to the 2011 Moto2 title, Stefan Bradl was only a couple of hundredths behind his Moto2 successor. Valentino Rossi was 5th, half a second off Pedrosa’s time. Crutchlow was 6th, nearly seven tenths off Spaniard Pedrosa whilst Bautista was a tenth further back in 7th.
There’s considerable improvement at the moment for the factory Ducati team, Andrea Dovizioso only 1.2 seconds from Pedrosa, compared to being a further second back at the end of the first Sepang test, Andrea ahead of team mate Nicky Hayden who was 1.5 seconds from the lead. Whether Ducati will keep up this improvement it remains to be seen, however perhaps the riders are feeling a little more positive.
Bradley Smith rounded out the top ten, 2 seconds from Pedrosa which is about where he was after the first test, improvements would be expected over the next few days. Aleix Espagaro yet again embarrassed the Pramac Team by posting a time faster than both Ducati junior riders, Espagaro in 12th was 2.3 seconds from the lead compared to Ben Spies a further tenth back with Iannonne just a thousandth behind him, with only Iannonne having got closer since the first test.
Hiroshi Aoyama put his Avintia CRT into second out of the CRT group, showing the ability that took him to the final 250cc title, 3 seconds off Pedrosa and ahead of long-established CRT front runner Randy De Puniet, who was over half a second behind the Japanese. Colin Edwards showed signs of improvement, he posted the 20th fastest time, 4th in CRT, 4 seconds from the lead (it was 7 last time..) followed by Petrucci, Abraham, Hernandez, Barbera, Corti, Staring and Pesek. Michael Laverty, who will be testing the new PBM chassis this week did not turn a wheel due to issues with setting the bike up.
The test continues tomorrow, times below.
|Pos||Rider||Team||Fastest lap||Lead. Gap|
|1||PEDROSA, Dani||Repsol Honda Team||02:01.6|
|2||LORENZO, Jorge||Yamaha Factory Racing||02:01.8||0.235|
|3||MARQUEZ, Marc||Repsol Honda Team||02:01.9||0.362|
|4||BRADL, Stefan||LCR Honda MotoGP||02:02.0||0.379|
|5||ROSSI, Valentino||Yamaha Factory Racing||02:02.0||0.448|
|6||CRUTCHLOW, Cal||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||02:02.3||0.692|
|7||BAUTISTA, Alvaro||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||02:02.4||0.782|
|8||DOVIZIOSO, Andrea||Ducati Team||02:02.8||1.221|
|9||HAYDEN, Nicky||Ducati Team||02:03.1||1.563|
|10||SMITH, Bradley||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||02:03.6||2.052|
|11||NAKASUGA, Katsayuki||Yamaha Factory||02:03.7||2.154|
|12||ESPARGARO, Aleix||Power Electronics Aspar||02:03.9||2.361|
|13||SPIES, Ben||Ignite Pramac Racing Team||02:04.0||2.467|
|14||IANNONE, Andrea||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team||02:04.1||2.47|
|15||YOSHIKAWA, Wataru||Yamaha Factory||02:04.6||3.01|
|16||PIRRO, Michele||Ducati Test Team||02:04.6||3.046|
|17||AOYAMA, Hiroshi||Avintia Blusens||02:04.7||3.163|
|18||DE PUNIET, Randy||Power Electronics Aspar||02:05.3||3.708|
|19||TAKAHASHI, Takumi||HRC Test Team||02:05.5||3.93|
|20||EDWARDS, Colin||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||02:05.5||3.938|
|21||PETRUCCI, Danilo||Came IodaRacing Project||02:05.8||4.247|
|22||ABRAHAM, Karel||Cardion AB Motoracing||02:05.8||4.258|
|23||HERNANDEZ, Yonny||Paul Bird Motorsport||02:05.9||4.328|
|24||BARBERA, Hector||Avintia Blusens||02:06.1||4.482|
|25||CORTI, Claudio||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||02:06.3||4.726|
|26||STARING, Bryan||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||02:06.7||5.15|
|27||PESEK, Lukas||Came IodaRacing Project||02:08.0||6.411|