Dani Pedrosa leaves the MotoGP test in Thailand as fastest over all three days, the Repsol Honda rider posting his best time of the test late on Sunday afternoon. Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco did much the same, beating the best time of Marc Marquez set on Saturday.
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Dani Pedrosa made a final dash for glory on the last day of the MotoGP test at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider taking top spot from Johann Zarco, who had led the way since the morning. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider came up just under a hundredth short of Pedrosa, but put in multiple laps in the 1'29s, demonstrating his pace on new tires.
Johann Zarco has made good on his promise from yesterday to crack into the 1'29s by doing just that, posting not one but two laps under 1'30 on Sunday morning, using a soft tire. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man is just ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, and Repsol HOnda's Marc Marquez. As they have been previously, Suzuki's Alex Rins and Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller are close behind.
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.
Cal Crutchlow had finished the first day of the MotoGP test at Buriram on top of the timesheets, the LCR Honda rider making a charge in the afternoon to set a quickest time of 1'30.797. Suzuki's Alex Rins got close to Crutchlow's time, but fell just a hundredth or so shy of the Englishman to take second. But he did get ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who had been fastest for most of the day.
Andrea Dovizioso ended up in fourth, the factory Ducati rider also not improving the time he set in the morning, finishing just ahead of the second Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa. The Pramac Ducati squad took sixth and seventh, Danilo Petrucci on the GP18 finishing just ahead of Jack Miller on the GP17. Valentino Rossi was the first of the Yamahas in eighth, four tenths behind Crutchlow and just ahead of Andrea Iannone on the second Suzuki. Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the top ten on the second factory Ducati, though he too was just 0.449 slower than fastest man Crutchlow.
Marc Marquez leads the way after the first five hours of testing at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider just a fraction faster than his rival from last year, Andrea Dovizoso. Given the comments last night that the track was a lot like Austria, then to see Marquez and Dovizioso with a clear advantage should hardly surprise.
Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco is currently third quickest, nearly four tenths behind Marquez, and a fraction ahead of Movistar Yamaha man (and 39th birthday boy) Valentino Rossi. Danilo Petrucci is fifth fastest on the Pramac Ducati, while Andrea Iannone has the ECSTAR Suzuki in sixth at the moment.
Alex Marquez has underlined his role as favorite for the 2018 Moto2 title by smashing the unofficial Moto2 lap record at Jerez on the final day of the test. The Marc VDS rider became the first man to lap the track in under 1'41 on a Moto2 machine, beating the official pole record by over a second.
Marquez' time put Pecco Bagnaia back into second place, after dominating the first two days of the test. The Sky VR46 rider still ended the day in second, as well as finishing the test as second overall after all three days. Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder took third place, beating his teammate Miguel Oliveira for the first time this test, but still eight tenths of a second slower than Marquez.
Tony Arbolino has made a splash on the final day of the Moto3 test at Jerez by taking another tenth off of the unofficial lap record set yesterday by Enea Bastianini. The Snipers Team rider took the lap record to under the 1'45.5 mark, taking half a second off the existing official pole record set by Jorge Martin back in May last year.
Pecco Bagnaia continues to dominate proceedings at Jerez, lapping nearly half a second under the previous pole record at Jerez, taking advantage of the track resurfacing which happened last year. The Sky VR46 rider was two tenths of a second quicker than Alex Marquez on the Marc VDS Kalex, the top two remaining unchanged from Monday.
Lorenzo Baldassarri put the Pons HP40 into third on the timesheets, the only other rider to end below the previous pole record. A full eighteen riders ended up under the race lap record of 1'42.596, however.
Enea Bastianini got the better of Jorge Martin to top the timesheets on the second day of the Moto3 test at Jerez. The Leopard Racing rider destroyed the Moto3 lap record, a result of the circuit resurfacing which took place last year after last year's Grand Prix at Jerez in May.
Red Bull KTM MotoGP rider Pol Espargaro is to miss the upcoming MotoGP test at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, KTM have announced. The 26-year-old Spaniard is suffering with a hernia in his L4 vertebra, for which he underwent surgery on Monday night in Barcelona.
Pecco Bagnaia has underlined why there is so much interest in him from MotoGP teams by topping the first day of the Moto2 test in Jerez. The Sky Racing VR46 Team rider topped both dry sessions, the lunchtime session seeing very little action on a wet track.
Jorge Martin has topped the timesheets on the first day of the Moto3 test at Jerez. The Gresini Honda rider got off to a strong start topping both dry sessions in the morning and in the afternoon, the lunchtime session having been hit by rain and a wet track.
Mattia Pasini has finished the final day of the Moto2 test at Valencia on top of the pack, the Italian heading the second session of the day to take top spot. Pasini ended just ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri, who had been fastest on Wednesday and topped two of Thursday's three sessions. Simone Corsi finished as third quickest, making it an all-Italian, all-Kalex clean sweep.
The final day of the combined Moto2 and Moto3 test at Valencia was another sunny but cold one, restricting the usefulness of the morning sessions for the riders. Jorge Martin ended the day as the fastest of the Moto3 riders, just edging out the Italian Enea Bastianini. Marco Bezzecchi was the first of the KTM riders, finishing fractionally behind Bastianini and ahead of Aron Canet. Niccolo Antonelli ended the day in fifth, apparently benefting from a switch from KTM to Honda over the winter.