The rain was dreaded on the Sepang track this Sunday and it effectively imposed itself to prematurely put an end to the work of the MotoGP field meeting in Malaysia. However, she had the delicacy to appear during the lunch break, leaving the drivers to challenge the clock on the cooler morning. A godsend that benefited Aleix Espargaró but especially Enea Bastianini who had the last word against a time that now displays a new track record…
The MotoGP grid returned to the track this Sunday for a second and final day of Testing at Sepang. The objective was to get a clearer idea of the package that the protagonists will line up in a little less than a month at Qatar, with the continuation of their work around these newly introduced pieces. A session that showed a faster pace than the day before since in terms of lap times, we observed a clear difference compared to those of Saturday. Thus, it is no longer 10 but 18 pilots standing in the same second.
Above all, two competitors will have been able to beat the unofficial circuit record, set by Danilo Petrucci in 2019: Aleix Espargaró first with his Aprilia, then Enea Bastianini on his Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati GP21 with a time in 1’58.131, which propelled him to the top of the timeline.
The Italian therefore left Sepang as the leader, since the rain then arrived imposing his new track conditions. Aleix Espargaró points to only 26 thousandths of the private Ducati. George Martin of Pramac Racing is third in front of the official Suzuki Alex Rins and regular since the beginning of the weekend. Maverick Viñales on the other Aprilia and narrowly beaten by his teammate Aleix Espargaró the day before, occupies fifth place.
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Yamaha and KTM are disappointed at Sepang
Nice improvement also for the official Ducati Francesco Bagnaia now sixth, which means a rise of 13 positions since its classification on Saturday. Fabio Quartararo follows with the Yamaha accompanied by Marc Márquez and his new Honda then Johann Zarco with the Pramac Racing GP22. Pol Espargaró in the colors of Repsol Honda Team completes the Top 10.
If there were to be concerns in the ranks, it would be on the side of KTM that we could detect them. The first representative of the brand is a Miguel Oliveira 15e. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) served as the first rookie in 16th place. The native of Rimini will however have been trapped in turn 15. A curve which will have claimed another victim: Joan Mir. Nakagami meanwhile crashed at turn 8 late in the game. The 2020 World Champion is 12th. See you now in Indonesia on a route of Mandalika which will be a great discovery for everyone…
MotoGP Tests Sepang J2 Final : chronos
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