Bad weather and damp conditions meant most of day 2 of Sepang MotoGP testing was a wash. Nonetheless, HRC riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa used the limited dry time to continue developing the 2017 RC213V.
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Heavy overnight rain left a damp track today at Sepang and kept the riders in the pits for more than half of the second day of testing. Temperatures also were slightly cooler than usual in Malaysia, with a max of 30° C air, 38° ground.
Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa took to the track as soon as it was dry enough, after 2 p.m. They continued their development work on their RC213V machines, both of which were equipped with the same engine’s new configurations. Tests of the Michelin tyres also continued for both.
Marquez’s fastest time of 2’00.531” (lap 27 of 33) placed him 10th for the day. Pedrosa finished in 14th place with his time of 2’00.886” (lap 38 of 44). The test will conclude tomorrow.
“We started late like everyone this afternoon because of the track conditions, and generally speaking, it was a challenging day. We spent a lot of time in the garage working on sorting out many little things. It’s okay, as this is the pre-season and it’s better to work and solve all these issues now, but of course this takes time. We have a lot of work to do to find a good setup for the bike and the electronics. That said, our rhythm wasn’t too bad and hopefully tomorrow we’ll improve our pace and speed. We must keep focused and work hard. I’m sure that step by step we will get better!”
“Today we started working as soon as the conditions allowed, even if the track was still damp here and there. We made a re-check of some setup details we wanted to improve, and the positive is that we actually bettered them by about 50%. We’re not yet where we want to be, but it’s still a step forward. Other positives to the day are that I did my fastest time on a quite used tyre and that we did some good work on the fork and on one front tyre as well. Unfortunately, at the end of the session we weren’t able to fit a new tyre and try a time attack, but hopefully tomorrowwe’ll have time to do more tests on the tyres and setup and to try and improve our lap times.”
|1||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1’59.452|
|2||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.406|
|3||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||0.766|
|4||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.802|
|5||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.891|
|6||BARBERA Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.900|
|7||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.989|
|8||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.032|
|9||FOLGER Jonas||94||GER||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1.043|
|10||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.079|
|11||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.157|
|12||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.239|
|13||RINS Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.424|
|14||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.434|
|15||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1.520|
|16||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||1.529|
|17||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1.672|
|18||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||1.775|
|20||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.073|
|21||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2.104|
|22||LOWES Sam||22||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2.606|
|23||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2.737|
|24||TSUDA Takuya||22||JPN||Suzuki Test Team||Suzuki||2.815|
|25||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.064|
|26||NAKASUGA Katsuyuki||21||JPN||Yamaha Factory Racing Team||Yamaha||3.441|
|27||NOZANE Kouta||31||JPN||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||3.600|