MotoGP Sepang Test Day 2: All The Potential for a Feisty Competitive Season
Well what can I say, my face lit up and a slight smirk grew across my face, the results of day 2 of the Sepang test now show me that this season isn’t going to be as predictable as I thought. With all the top six riders within 1 second of each other, this shows great potential for a feisty competitive season.
Jorge Lorenzo, what a tenacious young man indeed, after persisting with 58 test laps throughout the day, the young Champion achieved top spot on the time sheet. His best time was 2:00:282 and this was achieved at mid-point during the day, but with the time being quite impressive, proved unbeatable for our Dani Pedrosa.
Dani was not far behind though and came in 2nd with a time of 2:00:651; he continued to test the suspension settings and tyres, along with his team mate, Marc Marquez who came in fourth with a time of 2:00:992
And it was my ultimate pleasure to see Cal Crutchlow had hit the top 3, coming in at 3rd with an impressive 2:00:907, this only proves that yet again he’ll be a really strong competitor. Cal, over the last year, has helped the Yamaha perform wonderfully and it seems that with more improvements, the bike is better than ever. Cal concentrated mainly on the front fork settings today by trying to improve the overall handling of the bike. Direction handling seemed to be the number one priority, and the day of changes looks to have been a success.
In 5th, we had the one and only Valentino Rossi, his time was 2:01:065 and he completed 63 laps, yesterday Valentino pulled a time of 2:02:028, so improvements in the rear grip and traction are definitely happening, which I’m sure is making not only rider and team happy, but all the fellow yellows too.
In sixth we had Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista; who has now moved to 6th place. Bautista had a best time of 2:01:028 today, an improvement from yesterday’s 7th place and 2’02.362, and shortly following behind was the Ducati boys. First in line was Hayden with a time of 2:01:208, followed by Andrea Dovizioso with 2:01:778.
Its seems that general handling and fork control are the main concerns for the GP13, and the lack of ability to brake hard, but as we already know that the Ducati is hard to control, I’m not telling you anything new there.
Finally in 10th we have Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith with a time of 2:02.023, not as impressive as his team mate Cal Crutchlow, but the GP class is all whole new ball game for our British rookie, so watch this space, at least he’s in the top ten.
So there we have it guys, a quick rundown to yesterday’s testing in Sepang, we have one final day of testing left and I shall post the results tomorrow.
Thank you for reading my blog guys, and ciao for now .
MotoGP Sepang Test 2 Day 2 Results 2013:
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’00.282
2. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’00.651
3. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 2’00.907
4. Marc Marquez (Honda) 2’00.992
5. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 2’01.065
6. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 2’01.208
7. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 2’01.485
8. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’01.778
9. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 2’01.803
10. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 2’02.023
11. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 2’02.608
12. Aleix Espargaro (ART) 2’02.905
13. Michele Pirro (Ducati) 2’02.920
14. Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamaha) 2’02.946
15. Wataru Yoshikawa (Yamaha) 2’03.354
16. Hector Barbera (FTR-Kawasaki) 2’03.428
17. Ben Spies (Ducati) 2’03.460
18. Randy de Puniet (ART) 2’03.518
19. Hiroshi Aoyama (FTR-Kawasaki) 2’03.990
20. Danilo Petrucci (Suter-BMW) 2’04.279
21. Karel Abraham (ART) 2’04.350
22. Takumi Takahashi (Honda) 2’04.512
23. Colin Edwards (FTR-Kawasaki) 2’04.656
24. Yonny Hernandez (ART) 2’04.671
25. Claudio Corti (FTR-Kawasaki) 2’04.709
26. Bryan Staring (FTR-Honda) 2’05.439
27. Lukas Pesek (Suter-BMW) 2’06.206
28. Michael Laverty (ART)