2018 Sepang MotoGP Test Tuesday 12pm Times: Lorenzo Under Lap Record As Riders Hunting Times

With next to no rain overnight, the MotoGP riders were met with a bone dry and blistering hot track on Tuesday morning, which meant they went straight to work. First order of business was a time attack: with air temperatures still rising, this was the best chance of a fast time the riders had been given during all three days of the test. 

Their attempts were rewarded. Half the field was quickly into the 1'59s, and before noon, Jorge Lorenzo had smashed the existing unofficial lap record of the track set by Marc Marquez in 2015. Lorenzo's time of 1'58.830 was just a fraction under the 1'58.867 set by Marquez, but it is a sign of both how much faster Lorenzo is this year, and how much the Michelins have improved in their first two seasons back in MotoGP.

Dani Pedrosa is second quickest at noon, missing out on a 1'58 by just nine thousandths of a second, and finishing ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Jack Miller's progress on the Pramac Ducati continues, while Alex Rins impresses on the Suzuki GSX-RR in fifth. Marc Marquez is currently sixth, ahead of Johann Zarco who is fastest of the Yamahas. Tito Rabat is eighth, another rider who has been transformed since switching from Honda to Ducati.

As the track heats up and air temperature rises, fast laps are getting harder to make. On the schedule for the rest of the day are race simulations - truly torture in the sweltering Malaysian heat - and then an early stop for the satellite riders, or testing until the rain comes for the factory riders.

Times at noon:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:58.830    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:59.009 0.179 0.179
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:59.052 0.222 0.043
4 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:59.346 0.516 0.294
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.348 0.518 0.002
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:59.382 0.552 0.034
7 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:59.511 0.681 0.129
8 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:59.547 0.717 0.036
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.615 0.785 0.068
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:59.819 0.989 0.204
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:59.908 1.078 0.089
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2:00.018 1.188 0.110
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 2:00.071 1.241 0.053
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 2:00.205 1.375 0.134
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2:00.234 1.404 0.029
16 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 2:00.526 1.696 0.292
17 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2:00.555 1.725 0.029
18 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 2:00.574 1.744 0.019
19 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 2:00.719 1.889 0.145
20 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 2:00.784 1.954 0.065
21 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.120 2.290 0.336
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 2:01.126 2.296 0.006
23 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 2:01.158 2.328 0.032
24 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:01.214 2.384 0.056
25 68 Yonny Hernandez Yamaha M1 2:01.223 2.393 0.009
26 33 Kohta Nozane Yamaha M1 2:01.385 2.555 0.162
27 32 Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha M1 2:02.077 3.247 0.692

 

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Comments

Jorge Lorenzo sets the fastest ever motorcycle lap of SIC, a 1'58.83 on a Ducati! Woohoo!!

I gues the new Ducati goes allright then.

Very pleased to see almost everybody is FAST. Last years rookies are doing the business, Rins, Rabat, Zarco it is tops to see them doing so well!

numbers of bikes are down from yesterday? Could you tell us who rode on Sun, Mon, Tuesday & why some didn't ride everyday? Thank you David.

is there a way to watch the full sessions? I mean on Motogp.com it seems they don't have the full sessions more interviews etc than showing the ontrack action unless I have to catch it live or something?