Dani Pedrosa put in a blistering lap at the end of the session to lead the second day of testing for the MotoGP class at Sepang. On a track which was much improved from Wednesday, Pedrosa - still suffering from jet lag and physically weakened - put himself nearly three tenths clear of the field.
Second slot was once again filled by Aleix Espargaro, proving that the Open Yamaha can put in fast single laps with ease. Whether Aleix can maintain that pace over a full race is still uncertain, as the elder of the two Espargaro brothers has yet to put in a race simulation. Yesterday's fastest man Alvaro Bautista was quick once again, grabbing third just under half a second off the time of Pedrosa. The new Showa rear shock is proving consistently better for the Gresini Honda man. Bautista also put in a race simulation, but was slower than the other satellite Honda, Stefan Bradl also having put in a race simulation. Though Bradl was only 6th on the timesheets, his race run was strong, consistently posting laps in the low 2'01.
Valentino Rossi ended the day in 4th, the Italian faring much better with the new Bridgestone tires than his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo is completely demoralized by his pace on the new rear Bridgestone, ending the day down in 9th, over a second off the pace of Pedrosa. Lorenzo wasn't even this far off the pace of the front runners at Assen, where he rode after breaking his collar bone.
The improvement in the Ducati camp looks consistent, Andrea Dovizioso ending the day in 5th, three quarters of a second behind Pedrosa, while teammate Cal Crutchlow had a much better day as well, setting the 7th fastest time just over a tenths off the time of Dovizioso.
|1||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||2:00.039|
|2||41||Aleix Espargaro||Yamaha FTR Open||2:00.320||0.281||0.281|
|3||19||Alvaro Bautista||Honda RC213V||2:00.500||0.461||0.180|
|4||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2:00.605||0.566||0.105|
|5||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP14||2:00.787||0.748||0.182|
|6||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||2:00.902||0.863||0.115|
|7||35||Cal Crutchlow||Ducati GP14||2:00.952||0.913||0.050|
|8||44||Pol Espargaro||Yamaha M1||2:01.027||0.988||0.075|
|9||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha M1||2:01.049||1.010||0.022|
|10||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha M1||2:01.098||1.059||0.049|
|11||29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati GP14||2:01.173||1.134||0.075|
|12||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati GP13 Open||2:01.658||1.619||0.485|
|13||5||Colin Edwards||Yamaha FTR Open||2:01.996||1.957||0.338|
|14||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:02.088||2.049||0.092|
|15||14||Randy De Puniet||Suzuki Test||2:02.139||2.100||0.051|
|16||8||Hector Barbera||Avintia Kawasaki||2:02.149||2.110||0.010|
|17||45||Scott Redding||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:02.652||2.613||0.503|
|18||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:02.786||2.747||0.134|
|19||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP14 Test||2:02.799||2.760||0.013|
|20||89||Katsuyuki Nakasuga||Yamaha M1 Test||2:02.802||2.763||0.003|
|21||63||Mike Di Meglio||Avintia Kawasaki||2:03.946||3.907||1.144|
|22||17||Karel Abraham||Honda RCV1000R Open||2:05.198||5.159||1.252|
|23||9||Nobu Aoki||Suzuki Test||2:07.462||7.423||2.264|