2018 Sepang MotoGP FP2 Result: Rins Reels It In

Fresh from a strong fifth place last week at Philip Island, Alex Rins showed his strong form is holding firm with a top time in FP2 at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. Rins 1'59.608 on Friday was the fastest time of the weekend and gave him the top combined times for Friday practices. Marc marquez, who held the top of the timesheet with 2 minutes left was relegated to second on Rins fast lap. Jack Miller, the first rider in FP2 to drop into the 1'59s was pushed into third.

Maverick Vinales seized fourth late, just ahead of Danilo Petrucci (5th). Valentino Rossi, who's 2'00.035 held as the top spot for much of the session was pushed into sixth in the final two minutes of practice. Andrea Dovizioso (7th), who was quickest in FP1, could not equal his earlier lap time. Johann Zarco (8th), Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Concerned about unpredictable weather for Saturday's qualifying, riders pushed hard early, treating both Friday sessions as a quasi qualifiers.

Results:

NOTE: Riders shown in bold currently will advance to Q2, pending results in FP3.

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'59.608    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.701 0.093 0.093
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'59.771 0.163 0.070
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'59.802 0.194 0.031
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'59.811 0.203 0.009
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.017 0.409 0.206
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.091 0.483 0.074
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.159 0.551 0.068
9 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'00.502 0.894 0.343
10 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.579 0.971 0.077
11 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'00.829 1.221 0.250
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'00.980 1.372 0.151
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 2'00.981 1.373 0.001
14 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.020 1.412 0.039
15 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'01.302 1.694 0.282
16 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'01.561 1.953 0.259
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'01.684 2.076 0.123
18 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 2'01.743 2.135 0.059
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.766 2.158 0.023
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 2'01.894 2.286 0.128
21 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 2'01.900 2.292 0.006
22 81 Jordi TORRES Ducati 2'01.940 2.332 0.040
23 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 2'02.338 2.730 0.398
24 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'04.636 5.028 2.298

 

 

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Thanks Mike Lewis.

Senor Jorge Lorenzo struggled. By my calculations 99 should be quick enough to make the cut. Rins & Miller going well so far.

Total votes: 10

He also pulled the wheelstand of the weekend so far!

While everyone else was doing practice starts from the nominated point on the back straight, Alex wound it up out of Turn 13 and gave us a spectacular stand-up wheelstand for more than half of the straight.

Today was actually quite reasonable as far as temperature and humidity goes in Malaysia.

Total votes: 7

He also pulled the wheelstand of the weekend so far!

While everyone else was doing practice starts from the nominated point on the back straight, Alex wound it up out of Turn 13 and gave us a spectacular stand-up wheelstand for more than half of the straight.

Today was actually quite reasonable as far as temperature and humidity goes in Malaysia.

Total votes: 7

As it does here at Sepang, short pause in proceedings & now most back out on wets. The riders need the wet practice. We all know the race(s) could be wet. Forecast says a high probability of rain today & tomorrow.

Total votes: 8

He sure as hell is not going to interfere with the party from the back of grid. That's his situation. Needs a bloke to gently pull his gloves off. He is currently a menace to himself. I am one of those who reckon's Jorge is one of the toughest mentally and physically and has ability by the bucket load. I said post PI last weekend that Jorge should give Sepang a miss and do his swan song re- Ducati at Valencia 2 weeks hence. But we have seen this headstrong, super tallent shyte run its course in yesteryears. Notably at Sepang 2011 and # 58. Ducati need to ground him and let Pirro do the obligatory rounds. Contract in hand, HRC should also tell him to bail out of this one behind the scenes. Really. Its not like Jorge will need a mapping 8 from Ducati. Its not like HRC need a bust up factory rider come Valencia testing. A handshake between Dorna, HRC and Ducati behind the scenes would be arguably smart. If Lorenzo does race in Sepang on Sunday, he will suffer law of unintended consequences. I always liked and respected Jorge and still do. He should sit this one out. He's got nothing to gain out of it. Dovi has done and dusted him as a team mate 2 years in a row.  Marc is 7 x Champion. Jorge's focus should be focused on HRC as #93's potential nemises rather than brownie points on a Ducati in Sepang. He already proved his point at Ducati...won a bunch of races this year for them and, I reckon his raw input to Gigi and Co, has brought some Yamaha insight and hindsight to propell the D16 project. Were I KR with JL at the ranch, I'd insist he sit Sepang out, give it a try at Valencia, but focus on HRC 2019 vs #93. 2017/18 Ducati years are gone. Props to # 99. Closer than #46 on the red bike but no cigar.

Total votes: 13

According to the below linked article it appears Ducati were trying to hold back a 1 million euro payment from Jorge if he didn't compete at Sepang. As a result Jorge was attempting to do his best to compete or until Ducati agreed to wavier that holdback of his salary. 

If ture I'm not sure how this behaviour makes your riders beholden to you as a company. It would appear Ducati need a better approach to their riders (They way they handled Casey's illness, the protracted negotiation with Dovi this season, the media dismissal of Jorge prior to Mugello)

Its in Italian, use Google translate if you need to: 

https://www.gpone.com/it/blog/paolo-scalera/2018/11/02/lorenzo-braccio-di-ferro-con-la-ducati-a-sepang.html

Total votes: 9