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2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Thursday 2pm Times: Dovizioso Fastest, Crutchlow And Espargaro Tumble

Very few changes on the timesheet since 12:30, as riders switch gears. Aleix Espargaro has done a longer run on the Aprilia, while a few new parts are starting to appear, such as a new fairing for Suzuki. 

Cal Crutchlow and Pol Espargaro both had crashes, Crutchlow's relatively small, Espargaro's much bigger, but both continued racing. The track has one pretty quiet now, as most teams break for lunch. 

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2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Thursday 11am Times: Rossi Fastest In Early Chase

The MotoGP riders took advantage of the cooler conditions on Thursday morning to get in some fast laps, one or two actually chasing a fast lap time. Valentino Rossi was one of the riders on a time attack, topping the timesheets with a lap well in the 1'59s. He is a tenth faster than Marc Marquez, and over two tenths quicker than Danilo Petrucci. Tito Rabat is fourth fastest, setting his lap while following Marc Marquez.

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2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Wednesday Round Up: Honda's Speed, Injured Riders, And Hope For Yamaha Yet

The first day of the Sepang MotoGP test is always met with some trepidation. For the factories, have they responded to the feedback from before the winter break correctly, and developed the bikes in the right direction? For the riders, has their winter training program been enough to prepare them for riding a MotoGP bike, and will they hold up under the battering which nearly 300hp and carbon brakes will inflict upon them? And for injured riders, is their recovery going to plan, or are they ahead or behind on schedule?

With all these questions on their minds, the MotoGP paddock tends to ease in to the first day of the test. Especially if, as looks likely, the weather will hold and they will not lose much track time to the tropical rains which can fall in the afternoon. The first day is used for verifying the data from the Valencia and Jerez tests, checking engine configurations once again, and getting the riders' minds accustomed to the sensation of over 320 km/h again. It is a day of gentle evolution, rather than radical revolution.

Visible and invisible

As a consequence, a stroll down pit lane on Wednesday morning did not reveal a great deal of technical novelty. The Ducati GP19s looked very similar to the GP18s, with the exception of the newer aero package from the second half of the year. The teardrop fork upper covers were back to assist with cooling in the heat – and with clear skies, the sun is brutal, and air temperatures are high.

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2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Wednesday 3pm Times: Marquez Takes Over

The track has been almost silent since around 1pm, with bikes only circulating occasionally. Apart from Marc Marquez going fastest, there have been few changes. One note: the time noted for Andrea Iannone was actually set by Bradley Smith, who took the Italian's Aprilia out for a shakedown run. Iannone crashed on his first flying lap, and so did not set a time.

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2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Wednesday 1pm Times: Rins Leads Viñales

With the heat increasing and track temperatures now well over 50°C, activity in Sepang is slacking off, the teams and riders taking a break to skip the heat of the afternoon. At 1pm, it is Alex Rins who is fastest, leapfrogging past Maverick Viñales to top the timesheets. Rins and Viñales are the only riders currently under the 2'00 mark, while Danilo Petrucci is third quickest.

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