The shakedown test continues at Sepang, in good conditions: track temperatures are staying in the 50s °C, and not venturing into the 60s. KTM Test Rider Dani Pedrosa remains the fastest of the test riders, the Spaniard cracking into the 1'59s along with KTM factory rider Pol Espargaro, though both are a couple of tenths slower than the race record set by Valentino Rossi back in November last year.
Alex Marquez is showing good signs of progression, now a very respectable three tenths behind Pedrosa, and four tenths faster than Ducati test rider Michele Pirro. Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira is fifth quickest, on the same time as Pirro, and just a fraction faster than HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.
Bradl debuted a new set of wings on the Honda RC213V on Monday, a slimmer, more shaped affair, less of a bowtie effect.
All eyes were on the Yamaha garage, of course, where Jorge Lorenzo made his arrival. But the Spaniard was mainly there for a bike fitting, adjusting to suit him, and to have his photo taken. Lorenzo rides the Yamaha M1 again on Tuesday. At Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro is expected to do the same.
Times, courtesy of Hazrin Cric:
|1||26||Dani Pedrosa||KTM RC16||1:59.841|
|2||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:59.972||0.131||0.131|
|3||73||Alex Márquez||Honda RC213V||2:00.270||0.429||0.298|
|4||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP20||2:00.695||0.854||0.425|
|5||88||Miguel Oliveira||KTM RC16||2:00.695||0.854||0.000|
|6||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||2:00.749||0.908||0.054|
|7||33||Brad Binder||KTM RC16||2:00.899||1.058||0.150|
|8||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:01.125||1.284||0.226|
|9||38||Bradley Smith||Aprilia RS-GP||2:01.240||1.399||0.115|
|10||27||Iker Lecuona||KTM RC16||2:01.946||2.105||0.706|
|11||Y1||Yamaha Test 1||Yamaha M1||2:02.713||2.872||0.767|
|12||Y3||Yamaha Test 3||Yamaha M1||2:03.348||3.507||0.635|
|13||32||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia RS-GP||2:03.606||3.765||0.258|