With two days of testing already under their belts, and perfect track conditions in the cool of the morning, the MotoGP riders are obliterating records at the Sepang test. Maverick Viñales was the first rider to break through Jorge Lorenzo's old record of 1'58.830, but as 11am approached, rider after rider smashed through it, with Danilo Petrucci destroying it by near six tenths.
The Ducatis are dominating the timesheets this early in the day, with the top four places held by the two factory bikes and the two Pramac machines. Danilo Petrucci is fastest, but perhaps even more impressive is Pecco Bagnaia in second, a few hundredths behind, on the bike Petrucci was riding at the end of 2018, in just Bagnaia's fourth test.
Maverick Viñales and Cal Crutchlow are also inside the 1'58s, while Aleix Espargaro has put the Aprilia into seventh, just short of Crutchlow, with a 1'59.022.
There were more than a few new parts appearing on bikes this morning. There was some consternation in the Ducati pits, with a new fairing appearing on Andrea Dovizioso's bike, and the rear torque arm reappearing on Danilo Petrucci's GP19, after it made its first appearance in Jerez.
There is a chance that these times will drop at the end of the day, but the bar has already been set very high.
Times at 11am:
|1||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP19||1:58.239|
|2||63||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati GP18||1:58.302||0.063||0.063|
|3||43||Jack Miller||Ducati GP19||1:58.366||0.127||0.064|
|4||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP19||1:58.538||0.299||0.172|
|5||12||Maverick Vinales||Yamaha M1||1:58.644||0.405||0.106|
|6||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:58.980||0.741||0.336|
|7||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||1:59.022||0.783||0.042|
|8||21||Franco Morbidelli||Yamaha M1||1:59.141||0.902||0.119|
|9||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:59.155||0.916||0.014|
|10||93||Marc Marquez||Honda RC213V||1:59.170||0.931||0.015|
|11||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:59.180||0.941||0.010|
|12||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||1:59.368||1.129||0.188|
|13||30||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||1:59.428||1.189||0.060|
|14||53||Tito Rabat||Ducati GP18||1:59.485||1.246||0.057|
|15||20||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha M1||1:59.497||1.258||0.012|
|16||5||Johann Zarco||KTM RC16||1:59.640||1.401||0.143|
|17||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:59.751||1.512||0.111|
|18||88||Miguel Oliveira||KTM RC16||1:59.949||1.710||0.198|
|19||17||Karel Abraham||Ducati GP18||2:00.537||2.298||0.588|
|20||36||Joan Mir||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:00.620||2.381||0.083|
|21||55||Hafizh Syahrin||KTM RC16||2:00.766||2.527||0.146|
|22||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:00.990||2.751||0.224|
|23||66||Mika Kallio||KTM RC16||2:01.020||2.781||0.030|
|26||38||Bradley Smith||Aprilia RS-GP||2:02.290||4.051||0.571|