2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Wednesday Final Times: Marquez Tops First Day, Rabat Surprises

Times at the end of the first day of testing at Sepang:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:59.621    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.880 0.259 0.259
3 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha M1 1:59.937 0.316 0.057
4 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:59.983 0.362 0.046
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 2:00.051 0.430 0.068
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.054 0.433 0.003
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 2:00.158 0.537 0.104
8 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 2:00.197 0.576 0.039
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 2:00.214 0.593 0.017
10 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2:00.313 0.692 0.099
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 2:00.383 0.762 0.070
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 2:00.460 0.839 0.077
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:00.602 0.981 0.142
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2:00.681 1.060 0.079
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 2:00.694 1.073 0.013
16 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 2:00.902 1.281 0.208
17 T1 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2:00.965 1.344 0.063
18 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 2:00.985 1.364 0.020
19 66 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 2:01.054 1.433 0.069
20 5 Johann Zarco KTM RC16 2:01.121 1.500 0.067
21 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.249 1.628 0.128
22 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.286 1.665 0.037
23 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.432 1.811 0.146
24 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 2:01.627 2.006 0.195
25 T2 Nakasuga/Nozane Yamaha M1 2:01.736 2.115 0.109
26 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 2:01.853 2.232 0.117
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Only six weeks after reconstructive shoulder surgery and he leads day one testing. Marquez makes the amazing - routine. 

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And that's not a slow lap time either!

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Sure, he's quick despite recent surgery. But the question is how well the sholder holds up and whether he can (currently) keep a high pace throughout a race. The lap time list just shows the fastest lap, so it hides the real performance (case in point is Aleix fast lap dashes in FP through the years).

  • MM93 had one 1:59-lap and the next quickest was a 2:00.294.
  • AR42 had two 1:59-laps and the next quickest was a 2:00.189. He had 5 laps faster than MM93's second fastest, of which 3 of them were consecutive laps (2:00.259, 1:59.880 and 1:59.967).
  • MV12 had one 1:59-lap and the next quickest was 2:00.000. He had 5 laps faster than MM93's second fastest, of which 4 were consecutive laps (2:00.258, 2:00.000, 1:59.937 and 2:00.182).

MM97's second fastest lap would put him between Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro.

So, the question is - would his shoulder allow him to keep a consistently low (enough) pace in a race simulation at this point? At a glance, the two pilots behind him in the list have better pace.

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