MotoGP: Danilo Petrucci takes bragging rights in Sepang

Newly appointed Factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci has ended the Sepang test on top of the timesheets with both Pramac Ducati riders close on his tail.

It’s a job well done for Danilo Petrucci who ended the Sepang test fastest with a brand new unofficial lap record of a 1:58.239 whilst his fellow Ducati rider and 2019 rookie Francesco Bagnaia ended the test just 0.063s slower than his fellow Italian. Jack Miller rounded out the top 3 despite yet another crash whilst similarly to Petrucci, crashed whilst using Ducati’s new aerodynamic fairing.

Andrea Dovizioso completed the top 4 after completing 36 laps on the final day whilst the man to watch, Maverick Vinales rounded out the top 5. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider completed a full 20-lap race simulation with 5 laps inside the 1:59’s.

Injured Cal Crutchlow rounded out the top 6 and was the final rider under the 2018 record set by Jorge Lorenzo, Crutchlow also had a crash at turn 2.

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Photo Credit: gp-photo.de – by Ronny Lekl

 

A much better day for Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro who ended the test in 7th place with Franco Morbidelli, Takaaki Nakagami and Valentino Rossi rounding out the top 10.

Recovering Marc Marquez once again packed his bags early and ended the test in 11th place ahead of Alex Rins who focused more on the long runs after proving his speed in the opening 2 days.

Stefan Bradl finished 13th whilst Tito Rabat could only manage 14th place after 2 impressive results on Wednesday and Thursday, Joan Mir rounded out the top 15 with an impressive 1:59.486.

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Fabio Quartararo narrowly missed out on the top 15 ending the test 0.011s behind his fellow rookie. Quartararo finished the test ahead of fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco who made big progress with his RC16 Red Bull KTM who finished ahead of his teammate Pol Espargaro.

A much better day for Miguel Oliveira saw the Portuguese rider in 19th place with a sub-2-minute lap with Czech rider Karel Abraham rounding out the top 20.

Andrea Iannone missed the final day of testing due to an infection and was replaced by Bradley Smith, nonetheless, Andrea ended the 3 days in 21st place ahead of KTM riders Kallio and Syahrin.

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Nakasuga/Nozane ended the test in 24th on the Yamaha test bike (1) with Sylvain Guintoli finishing ahead of Smith and Yamaha’s European Test Team rider Jonas Folger with Takuya Tsuda rounding out the field.

 

With Danilo Petrucci topping the timesheets, and with Ducati and Mavericks seriously impressive race pace, 2019 is still a tough one to call. The MotoGP riders will be back out on track in Qatar 23 Feb.

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Featured Image Credit: gp-photo.de – by Ronny Lekl

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