Jorge Lorenzo jumped to the top of the timing sheets on day two of the second official MotoGP test at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with the Yamaha Factory Racing rider moving ahead of main rival Dani Pedrosa who had another highly productive day on his Repsol Honda RCV213V machine while moving into third place today was the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine of Cal Crutchlow who had a very good day on board the satellite bike.
I could be strong from the start; a second and a half quicker.
The second day saw the track conditions improve for the riders after a first day of slippery tarmac due to heavy rainfall on the run up to the test. High track temperatures made for somewhat difficult riding in the afternoon but this didnâ€™t stop the majority of the riders from improving their overall times. The main factory teams had a large testing and set up schedule for day two that saw most of the riders completing around 60 laps while the satellite and CRT riders completed an average of 45 laps.
The fastest riders of the day were once again the Spanish rivals Pedrosa and Lorenzo who swapped the top times before Lorenzo recorded a time of 2m 0.282s that enabled him to stay ahead of Pedrosa who set a best lap of 2m 0.651s with Crutchlow close behind setting a 2m 0.907s lap time. Marc Marquez wasnâ€™t too far away from the top three men once again with the Repsol Honda rookie setting a best lap of 2m 0.992s while Yamaha Factory Racingâ€™s Valentino Rossi finished today in 5th place (2m 1.065s) and Alvaro Bautista was close behind for the Honda Gresini team with a 2m 1.208s.
Finishing day two in 7th on the timing screens was Germanyâ€™s Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) who set a best time of 2m 1.485s while the Ducati Team pairing of Nicky Hayden (2m 1.778s) and Andrea Dovizioso (2m 1.803s) finished in 8th and 9th respectively. The final spot in the top ten today was filled by the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith who continues to impress and set a best time of 2m 2.023s. The top CRT rider was once again Power Electronics Asparâ€™s Aleix Espargaro with a best time of 2m 2.905s.
Lorenzo was pleased with his performance and surprised at how much grip there was on the Sepang circuit. He said, â€œA pretty good day, the track was much better than yesterday, I was surprised in the beginning it was so different. I could be strong from the start; a second and a half quicker and I think I beat my record time here in Malaysia. We improved the setting on the bike and I feel stronger than the first Sepang test so Iâ€™m quite satisfied. Tomorrow if the weather is good I would like to try a long run of maybe 24 laps to see what happens with the tyres.â€
Pedrosa completed his testing schedule for day two and was happy with his performance saying, â€œIâ€™m satisfied. Today we were able to put in a lot of laps and we focused on testing things out with the front and rear suspension. It was a hard day, due to the high temperatures, but despite the heat we completed various tasks that we had scheduled in. Now we have to recuperate ahead of the final day tomorrow, in which we will continue to improve the bike.â€
Crutchlow remained focused on the testing at hand when speaking about his third fastest time and said there is more work to do. He said, â€œThere didn’t seem to be a lot of grip out there again today although the lap times have improved a lot. We tried something different with the front fork setting, which was in a similar direction to what Jorge (Lorenzo) uses and there were some good and bad points like with most things you test. I’m happy with my pace because we’ve tried a couple of different settings and we need to work on fine-tuning the best one. The main goal has been trying to stop the front of the bike lifting so much when I change direction on the throttle.
The bike feels quite heavy so we need to reduce how much the fork comes up without sacrificing too much in another area like the braking. I’m sure if I had put in some new tyres at the start of the day I could have gone faster. But I waited to use mine around lunch and I still went faster, even though the track temperature was much higher at that point. I’m not really too concerned about the times though. I’m just concentrating on making the package we have got better for the first race in Qatar,â€ Crutchlow added.
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