MotoGP

Bastianini smashes lap record on rain-hit final day

MotoGP pre-season testing ahead of the 2022 campaign continued on Sunday in Malaysia, with lap times fast and furious from the off.

During the first hour of the eight-hour session, MotoGP sophomore and double podium finisher Bastianini went top with an outright lap record of 1m58.131s, heading Saturday pacesetter Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia by 0.026 seconds.

Bastianini’s time continued to stand as the benchmark as the day rolled on, with it thought time attacks at the end of the day would see the lap record drop into the 1m57s for the first time.

However, with around four hours to go as much of the field went for lunch, light rain appeared over the Sepang circuit – which eventually worsened to the point where most teams called it a day.

Several riders did take the opportunity to test out their bikes in the wet conditions, including rookies Darryn Binder (RNF Yamaha), VR46 Ducati’s Marco Bezzecchi, Tech3 KTM’s Raul Fernandez and Gresini’s Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Remy Gardner (Tech3) elected against running in the wet conditions owing to pain in his recently broken wrist.

The likes of reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo on his factory Yamaha, Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and LCR’s Alex Marquez also ventured out for some laps on wet tyres.

Pramac’s Jorge Martin – who also completed some laps in the wet – was third-fastest behind Aleix Espargaro and Bastianini.

Jack Miller, Ducati Team, Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Photo by: Dorna

It came to light on Saturday that Ducati has been testing a new front ride height device that can be activated exiting corners along with its rear one.

Suzuki continued testing its updated engine and other general 2022 updates on Sunday, with Joan Mir – who had a crash earlier in the day – telling media that he feels “good potential” with it.

Alex Rins was fourth quickest ahead of the second Aprilia of Maverick Vinales, while Mir was 0.398s off the pace in 12th.

Francesco Bagnaia was sixth on the factory Ducati ahead of Quartararo, with Marc Marquez leading the Honda charge in eighth ahead of Pramac’s Johann Zarco and HRC team-mate Pol Espargaro.

After admitting the 2022 KTM isn’t quite ready yet on Saturday, Miguel Oliveira was once again a low-key 15th on his RC16 – albeit just 0.570s off the pace – behind Jack Miller on the other factory Ducati.

VR46 Ducati’s Bezzecchi was the leading rookie in 16th, 0.579s off the pace, despite a crash at the start of the day.

Testing resumes on 11 February with three days of running at the new Mandalika track in Indonesia.

Sepang MotoGP test – Day 2 results:

Pos

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap

1

Enea BASTIANINI

Gresini Racing 

DUCATI

1’58.131 

 

2

Aleix ESPARGARO

Aprilia Racing

APRILIA

1’58.157

0.026

3

Jorge MARTIN

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

1’58.243

0.112

4

Alex RINS

Team SUZUKI 

SUZUKI

1’58.261

0.130

5

Maverick VIÑALES

Aprilia Racing

APRILIA

1’58.261

0.130

6

Francesco BAGNAIA

Ducati Team

DUCATI

1’58.265

0.134

7

Fabio QUARTARARO

Yamaha

YAMAHA

1’58.313

0.182

8

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda

HONDA

1’58.332

0.201

9

Johann ZARCO

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

1’58.413

0.282

10

Pol ESPARGARO

Repsol Honda

HONDA

1’58.420

0.289

11

Luca MARINI

VR46 Team

DUCATI

1’58.430

0.299

12

Joan MIR

Team SUZUKI

SUZUKI

1’58.529

0.398

13

Takaaki NAKAGAMI

LCR Honda

HONDA

1’58.607 

0.476

14

Jack MILLER

Ducati Team

DUCATI

1’58.645

0.514

15

Miguel OLIVEIRA

KTM Factory

KTM

1’58.701

0.570

16

Marco BEZZECCHI

VR46 Team

DUCATI

1’58.710

0.579

17

Alex MARQUEZ

LCR Honda

HONDA

1’58.800

0.669

18

Brad BINDER

KTM Factory

KTM

1’59.016

0.885

19

Raul FERNANDEZ

Tech 3 KTM

KTM

1’59.180

1.049

20

Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO

Gresini Racing

DUCATI

1’59.197

1.066

21

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Yamaha Factory

YAMAHA

1’59.262

1.131

22

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

RNF MotoGP

YAMAHA

1’59.284

1.153

23

Remy GARDNER

Tech 3 KTM 

KTM

1’59.348

1.217

24

Franco MORBIDELLI

Yamaha

YAMAHA

1’59.365

1.234

25

Darryn BINDER

RNF MotoGP

YAMAHA

1’59.857

1.726

26

Sylvain GUINTOLI

Suzuki Test 

SUZUKI

1’59.996

1.865

27

Takuya TSUDA

Suzuki Test

SUZUKI

2’05.678

7.547


RaceMotoGP

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button