Sepang MotoGP Shakedown Test, Day 2: Pedrosa Fastest As Pace Increases

The shakedown test continues at Sepang, in good conditions: track temperatures are staying in the 50s °C, and not venturing into the 60s. KTM Test Rider Dani Pedrosa remains the fastest of the test riders, the Spaniard cracking into the 1'59s along with KTM factory rider Pol Espargaro, though both are a couple of tenths slower than the race record set by Valentino Rossi back in November last year.

Alex Marquez is showing good signs of progression, now a very respectable three tenths behind Pedrosa, and four tenths faster than Ducati test rider Michele Pirro. Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira is fifth quickest, on the same time as Pirro, and just a fraction faster than HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

Bradl debuted a new set of wings on the Honda RC213V on Monday, a slimmer, more shaped affair, less of a bowtie effect.

All eyes were on the Yamaha garage, of course, where Jorge Lorenzo made his arrival. But the Spaniard was mainly there for a bike fitting, adjusting to suit him, and to have his photo taken. Lorenzo rides the Yamaha M1 again on Tuesday. At Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro is expected to do the same.

Times, courtesy of Hazrin Cric:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:59.841    
2 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:59.972 0.131 0.131
3 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 2:00.270 0.429 0.298
4 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP20 2:00.695 0.854 0.425
5 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2:00.695 0.854 0.000
6 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 2:00.749 0.908 0.054
7 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 2:00.899 1.058 0.150
8 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.125 1.284 0.226
9 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.240 1.399 0.115
10 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 2:01.946 2.105 0.706
11 Y1 Yamaha Test 1 Yamaha M1 2:02.713 2.872 0.767
12 Y3 Yamaha Test 3 Yamaha M1 2:03.348 3.507 0.635
13 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 2:03.606 3.765 0.258
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How much more interesting can Testing be?
The answer is none, none more interesting.

If you've got the circus on 10, and your site on 10, where can you go? No where.

And David's site right along with it. New Asian development writer and trackside data collection too? No more ** from the grassy knoll?Podcast Specials to cover particular developments? And what is that down there?!

But this one goes to eleven....

Dani pushing the KTM (or at least his version) harder than the regular riders, from this kind of pace, testing or not, comes the feedback needed for serious progress. If JL99 gives similar speed Yamaha will also have a wealth of knowledge. Guinters has also proven he can give back quality information despite not being up there, that's experience and Pirro also gets the job done. Aprilia need a fast guy and, if it wasn't for MM93, Honda would be lagging behind in this department, but he is the guy doing it all for HRC, if he isn't fully fit you do wonder how their 2020 bike will develop, but do they care, he'll doubtless make the difference in the season. Impressive start from his brother though..

I wonder if Dani had something to do with Jorge accepting a test rider role? Dani was all pinned together and he did it. Jorge is even more busted up. Maybe they talked... Their roles as test riders still risk serious injury so they aren't going to take chances (I would hope). Maybe riding at 8 or 9 tenths is still much better than the typical test rider. In any event, Dani seems to be making an impact for KTM and he continues to set their standard in tests. Pol was right there with him and Miguel not too far back. Even though Iker is the slowest, you have to remember that not long ago he was a supermoto racer... That guy is going to be a stud.

i cannot wait till Valentino and all the rest come in after a testing session and admit how fast Dani has been in the tests. (As he and others did with Stoner.) There is such an alignment of the stars to be a world champion but not for a second does that mean that other spectacular talents haven't given everything they have got in pursuit of the same dream. And as much as Jorge could be annoying it is too easy to forget how fantastic he was at his pomp - the most perfect metronomic racer ever I think. It was gracious of Vinales to compliment the M! he inherited from Jorge. And as Motoshrink observes, to watch this year with our own motowhisperer on the sideline, is just deluxe.