MotoGP: Maverick Vinales back on top after day 2 in Sepang

Maverick Vinales has ended the 2nd day of testing on top by 0.527s after a late soft tyre attack in cooling conditions on the Monster Energy Yamaha with Rins and Miller getting up inside the top 3.

Maverick Vinales returns to the top of the timesheets in Sepang after setting the fastest lap of a 1:58.897, 0.5s faster than Alex Rins who has impressed once again on the Suzuki.

After a crash in yesterdays final 1/4 of the session, Jack Miller was able to set a fast time towards the end of day 2 putting the Aussie inside the top 3 and top Ducati with Andrea Dovizioso in 4th.

Britons Cal Crutchlow jumped into the top 5 despite a fast crash at turn 5 for the LCR Honda rider ending the second test with a 1:59.566, 1.1s faster than yesterday. Valentino Rossi ended the second day in 6th position as the Italian continues to understand the M1 Yamaha whilst another impressive effort from Tito Rabat see’s the Spaniard in 7th position at the end of day 2.

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Marc Marquez hung his leathers up at around 1400hrs local time leaving the Spaniard to settle for 8th place on the timesheets as Marquez’s energy levels dropped on day 2. Completing the top 10 was 2nd Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci with Takaaki Nakagami once again inside the top 10 on his LCR Honda Idemitsu bike.

A much better performance from KTM and Johann Zarco today saw the Frenchman jump up to 11th narrowly missing out a place inside the top 10 by 0.007s with top rookie once again Francesco Bagnaia in 12th position on the Alma Pramac Ducati.

Aleix Espargaro focused on long runs today, completing a full race run on his RS-GP with consistent lap times being set by the Spaniard, around the same lap times as the leaders of the 2018 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rounding out the top 15 were the two Petronas Yamaha SRT M1’s with rookie Fabio Quartararo who has recently been upgraded to a 2019 spec Yamaha getting the better of Francesco Morbidelli who ended day 2 in 15th.

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Honda’s test rider Stefan Bradl ended day 2 in 16th ahead of Pol Espargaro who suffered a heavy highside at turn 1, Pol Espargaro was okay and went on to set a lap time of 2:00.305. Andrea Iannone continues to struggle with his Aprilia RS-GP bike as he ended the test in 18th place with Kallio and Oliveira rounding out the top 20.

Joan Mir lead Karel Abraham in 21st and 22nd place with Yamaha test 1 (Nozane/Nakasuga) in 23rd place. Rounding out the field was Suzuki test rider, Guintoli, Tech 3 KTM rider Hafizh Syahrin, Jonas Folger on the 2nd Yamaha test bike and Takuya Tsuda on the Suzuki test bike ended the test in 27th and last position.

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With Vinales just 0.067s slower than Jorge Lorenzo’s outright lap record at Sepang, could we see the record be broken once again tomorrow? Find out here at NowMoto.

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