Marc Marquez ironed out the problems on his Repsol Honda that delayed him on day one of the Sepang test to go fastest on the second of the four day event. Suffering from brake issues yesterday, he quickly overcame them today to become the first person to dip under the two minute mark.
However, yesterday’s other slow starter Jorge lorenzo was soon to follow him as he gets to grip with the 2015 spec M1 Yamaha. He finished the day only 0.05 behind the reigning world champion.
However, the surprise of the day was factory Ducati pairing Andrea Iannone and Dovizioso, with the Ducati duo getting to grips quickly with the new GP15 machine to finish third and fourth, less than half a second off the pace of the leading two.
However, the action remained close all day, with only a second covering the first thirteen back to Scott Redding. Marquez’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was fifth, only 0.025 behind Dovizioso, with only another 0.033 back to yesterday’s fastest man Valentino Rossi.
Bradley Smith was again best of the Brits in seventh – by a faction; only 0.004 separated him from former teammate Cal Crutchlow in eighth. The Espargaro brothers rounded out the top ten, with factory Suzuki rider Aleix getting the better of brother Pol as the GSX-RR continues to make rapid improvement.