Iannone tops MotoGP Test day 2 at Sepang

  The torrential rain in the country disrupted MotoGP’s first test session at the Sepang Circuit over the two days. On day two, most riders only went out on track in the afternoon, when conditions had improved considerably. After day two’s session, it was Suzuki’s newcomer Andrea Iannone who led all riders. The Italian set the best lap time of the day, leading the day’s classification by 0.406s with the best lap of 1:59.452.

Yamaha MotoGP‘s newbie Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were second and fourth place respectively in day two‘s time sheets. Vinales tested the new fairing in order to be able to compare data with his teammate, but couldn‘t resist to push on his final stint.

Viñales was one of only two riders to drop under the 2:00 mark with, a 1:59.858s and ended the day in second place, 0.406 from the front. Rossi was also eager to work on the bike set-up to improve performance and left pit lane as soon as the circuit was dry. As one of the first riders to venture out on track, he put in 54 laps, which he used to compare the new fairing to the old version.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa continued their development work on their RC213V machines, both of which were equipped with the same engine’s new configurations. Tests of the Michelin tyres also continued for both. Marquez’s fastest time of 2:00.531 (lap 27 of 33) placed him 10th for the day. Pedrosa finished in 14th place with his time of 2:00.886 (lap 38 of 44). Pedrosa was beat by Suzuki’s rookie Alex Rins, who finished the day in 13th. Rins, who is getting more and more familiar with his GSX-RR, was able to get into the 2:00 bracket and climb the classification to 13th place with a best chrono of 2:00.877.

In the Ducati camp, Andrea Dovizioso was seventh in the standings, with a time of 2:00.441, while new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, one of the few riders who ventured out at the start of the session, finished a fraction behind in eighth place with a time of 2:00.484.

MotoGP’s first test session of the new season concludes today.

2017 MotoGP Test session, Sepang Circuit, day 2 results

1. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’59.452
2. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’59.858
3. A. BAUTISTA PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM 2’00.218
4. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 2’00.254
5. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 2’00.343
6. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING 2’00.352
7. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 2’00.441
8. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM 2’00.484
9. J. FOLGER MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 2’00.495
10. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 2’00.531