2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Saturday Times: Marquez Cracks 1'29

Marc Marquez has cracked the 1'29 barrier on second day of the Buriram test in Thailand, posting a fast lap late in the afternoon to take top spot on his birthday. Dani Pedrosa made it a Repsol Honda one-two, taking second spot after leading the timesheets for a large part of the day. Both Pedrosa and Marquez tested new aerodynamics, a revised version of the package first spotted at Sepang. 

Jack Miller ended the day in third on the Pramac Ducati, the Australian feeling much more comfortable on the GP17 than he ever did on a Honda, he said. Maverick Viñales made a late charge to put the Movistar Yamaha into fourth spot, just ahead of Johann Zarco on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

Danilo Petrucci was the second Pramac Ducati rider in the top six, finishing less than a tenth behind his teammate Miller, and ahead of Alex Rins on the ECSTAR Suzuki, the young Spaniard beating his veteral Italian teammate Andrea Iannone once again, despite a crash during the day. Rins crashed while riding Suzuki's latest iteration of the aero fairing, which looks suspiciously like Ducati's.

Yesterday's fastest man Cal Crutchlow ended Saturday in eighth on the LCR Honda, just over half a second behind Marquez, and just ahead of the two factory Ducatis. Andrea Dovizioso took ninth place, but was markedly quicker than Jorge Lorenzo, beating the Spaniard by nearly a quarter of a second.

Most improved rider of the day was unsurprisingly Hafizh Syahrin, who took over 1.1 seconds off his best time on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and catapulted himself ahead of Xavier Simeon on the Avintia Ducati and just shy of Tom Luthi's time on the Marc VDS Honda. Maverick Viñales, Marc Marquez, Johann Zarco, Jack Miller, and Dani Pedrosa also all made great strides.

Times on Saturday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:29.969    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.127 0.158 0.158
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.185 0.216 0.058
4 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.274 0.305 0.089
5 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:30.360 0.391 0.086
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.367 0.398 0.007
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.446 0.477 0.079
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.490 0.521 0.044
9 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.494 0.525 0.004
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:30.729 0.760 0.235
11 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.775 0.806 0.046
12 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.855 0.886 0.080
13 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:30.883 0.914 0.028
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.888 0.919 0.005
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.901 0.932 0.013
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.113 1.144 0.212
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.130 1.161 0.017
18 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.185 1.216 0.055
19 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.598 1.629 0.413
20 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.637 1.668 0.039
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.661 1.692 0.024
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.994 2.025 0.333
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.998 2.029 0.004
24 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.267 2.298 0.269

Improvement from Friday to Saturday:

No Rider Bike Friday Saturday Improvement
55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:33.165 1:31.998 1.167
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1:31.598 1.151
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.294 1:30.274 1.020
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 1:30.360 0.945
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912 1:29.969 0.943
43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.044 1:30.185 0.859
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.960 1:30.127 0.833
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:31.692 1:30.901 0.791
12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.716 1:31.994 0.722
53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:31.523 1:30.855 0.668
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.525 1:30.883 0.642
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.003 1:30.367 0.636
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.741 1:31.113 0.628
21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.729 1:31.185 0.544
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.662 1:31.130 0.532
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.246 1:30.729 0.517
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.235 1:30.775 0.460
10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.720 1:32.267 0.453
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 1:30.494 0.451
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.809 1:30.446 0.363
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.797 1:30.490 0.307
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.189 1:30.888 0.301
45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.685 1:31.637 0.048
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.698 1:31.661 0.037
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