Pedrosa fastest on day two at Sepang

By Simon Patterson -

MotoGP

 27 February 2014 10:55

Dani Pedrosa has finished the second day at the Sepang in his customary position at the Malaysian track, topping the time sheets by 0.2 seconds at the circuit where he is traditionally dominant.
 
Second and third were Aleix Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista, continuing their performance of day one of the test, while Valentino Rossi was the first factory Yamaha in fourth.
 
However, teammate Jorge Lorenzo, still struggling with the new Bridgestone tyres that he says don’t work with his M1, was back in ninth, and was so disgruntled that he refused to debrief the media after the session.
 
It was a good day for Ducati, as Andrea Dovizioso finished fifth and Cal Crutchlow seventh, with speculation mounting that the Italianteam are testing new machines ahead of a potential switch to the open classthat could come as soon as this week.
 
Track conditions have improved today, after riders complained about a lack of grip yesterday. The test concludes tomorrow after a third and final day.

1  PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 2:00.039   55 / 57 
2  ESPARGARO, Aleix NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:00.320 0.281 39 / 41 
3  BAUTISTA, Alvaro GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:00.500 0.461 52 / 55 
4  ROSSI, Valentino Yamaha Factory Racing 2:00.605 0.566 9 / 60 
5  DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 2:00.787 0.748 8 / 48 
6  BRADL, Stefan LCR Honda MotoGP 2:00.902 0.863 4 / 52 
7  CRUTCHLOW, Cal Ducati Team 2:00.952 0.913 0.050 50 / 52 
8  ESPARGARO, Pol Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.027 0.988 12 / 47 
9  LORENZO, Jorge Yamaha Factory Racing 2:01.049 1.010 30 / 57 
10  SMITH, Bradley Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:01.098 1.059 57 / 60 
11  IANNONE, Andrea Pramac Racing 2:01.173 1.134 23 / 49 
12  HERNANDEZ, Yonny Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:01.658 1.619 7 / 50 
13  EDWARDS, Colin NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:01.996 1.957 25 / 45 
14  HAYDEN, Nicky Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.088 2.049 55 / 59 
15  DE PUNIET, Randy Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:02.139 2.100 59 / 60 
16  BARBERA, Hector Avintia Racing 2:02.149 2.110 43 / 45 
17  REDDING, Scott GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:02.652 2.613 38 / 54 
18  AOYAMA, Hiroshi Drive M7 Aspar 2:02.786 2.747 70 / 72 
19  PIRRO, Michele Ducati Test Team 2:02.799 2.760  25 / 45 
20  NAKASUGA, Katsuyuki Yamaha Factory Test Team 2:02.802 2.763 47 / 48 
21  DI MEGLIO, Mike Avintia Racing 2:03.946 3.907 50 / 51 
22  ABRAHAM, Karel Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05.198 5.159 14 / 25 
23  AOKI, Nobuatsu Team Suzuki MotoGP 2:07.462 7.423 19 / 20