Andrea Dovizioso has ended the second day of testing on top of the timesheets, continuing Ducati's domination at the desert race track. Dovizioso shot to the top just before 9:30pm, taking over from Marc Marquez, who had interposed himself ahead of the Ducatis of Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone. Marquez is the only Honda, indeed the only non-Ducati, to get down to the 1'55.0 mark, though Dovizioso managed to crack the 55 barrier and set a 1'54.907. Marquez follows with a 1'55.091, while Andrea Iannone was just a hundredth slower than Marquez. Which tires the Ducatis used to set their times was not immediately clear.
Ducati debuted a set of winglets on the fairing of Andrea Dovizioso's GP15 today, an idea they trialed in 2010 as well. The very different shape suggests a different purpose, perhaps to suppress fifth and sixth gear wheelies.
Behind the top three, the field was very close, with just 0.310 separating Jorge Lorenzo in 4th from Maverick Viñales in 14th. Lorenzo had sat close to the top for most of the day, and had been one of the first riders to take to the track as evening fell. Valentino Rossi finished in 5th, jumping up the order with a fast lap right at the end of the session. Rossi had been concentrating on race set up for most of the day, spending his time languishing much further down the timesheets. Dani Pedrosa set the 6th best time, the Repsol Honda finishing behind the two Movistar Yamahas, slower than Rossi by just a single thousandth of a second.
Cal Crutchlow led a flotilla of satellite riders, the CWM LCR Honda finishing in 7th, ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pairing of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Karel Abraham put in an impressive performance to take 10th spot on the Open class Honda RC213V-RS, less than nine tenths behind Dovizioso, and 0.674 slower than Marc Marquez.
Times at the end of the second day of testing:
|1||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP15||1:54.907|
|2||93||Marc Márquez||Honda RC213V||1:55.091||0.184||0.184|
|3||29||Andrea Iannone||Ducati GP15||1:55.104||0.197||0.013|
|4||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha M1||1:55.500||0.593||0.396|
|5||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:55.581||0.674||0.081|
|6||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||1:55.582||0.675||0.001|
|7||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:55.624||0.717||0.042|
|8||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha M1||1:55.648||0.741||0.024|
|9||44||Pol Espargaro||Yamaha M1||1:55.658||0.751||0.010|
|10||17||Karel Abraham||Honda RC213V-RS||1:55.765||0.858||0.107|
|11||68||Yonny Hernandez||Ducati GP14.2||1:55.772||0.865||0.007|
|12||41||Aleix Espargaro||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:55.795||0.888||0.023|
|13||45||Scott Redding||Honda RC213V||1:55.803||0.896||0.008|
|14||25||Maverick Viñales||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:55.810||0.903||0.007|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||Ducati GP14 Open||1:56.058||1.151||0.248|
|16||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda RC213V-RS||1:56.104||1.197||0.046|
|17||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati GP14 Open||1:56.259||1.352||0.155|
|18||50||Eugene Laverty||Honda RC213V-RS||1:56.342||1.435||0.083|
|19||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP14.2||1:56.476||1.569||0.134|
|20||6||Stefan Bradl||Forward Yamaha||1:56.724||1.817||0.248|
|21||43||Jack Miller||Honda RC213V-RS||1:56.758||1.851||0.034|
|22||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP14||1:56.762||1.855||0.004|
|23||76||Loris Baz||Forward Yamaha||1:56.936||2.029||0.174|
|25||15||Alex De Angelis||Aprilia ART||1:57.390||2.483||0.117|