Enea Bastianini breaks Sepang lap record after dominating MotoGP test Day 2

Enea Bastianini breaks Sepang lap record after dominating MotoGP test Day 2

Enea Bastianini broke the Sepang lap record after dominating on the second day of the 2024 MotoGP pre-season test.

Ducati factory’s Enea Bastianini edged Pramac’s Jorge Martin in the last moments of the official 2024 MotoGP pre-season test day two, setting a new lap record at Sepang Circuit in the course of proceedings.

Bastianini recorded a time of 1m 57.134secs in the final hour of the second day, which dropped the previous day record set by his stablemate Martin.

Earlier, just after the green flags went up to kick off track action, Martin appeared certain to top the timesheets for a second day in a row after he emerged fastest following a series of lightning-fast times.

Almost every rider improved their lap times in the first hour, including Martin, who went a massive 0.7 seconds faster than his personal best on Tuesday, finishing in 1m 57.273s, two tenths quicker than Pecco Bagnaia’s 2023 Malaysian MotoGP pole-winning mark.

Bagnaia was not the only rider to see significant gains as Brad Binder of KTM and Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia all finished below their previous benchmark.

As one of the few riders who did not attempt a Q2 simulation in the early going, Bastianini did, however, have the chance to shine when the circuit was run in at the end of the day.

The Malaysian MotoGP winner took advantage of the conditions to improve even further and enjoy a well-deserved return to the top of the timesheets. The outcome will significantly boost Bastianini’s confidence although his testing results won’t fully reflect his current form following a season marred by injury setbacks.

Jorge Martin came in second ahead of Brad Binder as Aleix Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia rounded out the top five with all riders recording their respective laptimes early in the session.

Fabio di Giannantonio placed fifth on the Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Ducati, with his stablemate coming in seventh and Pedro Acosta taking eighth place after an early tumble at Turn 5.

Although Marco Bezzecchi had to settle for ninth place, he seemed to be running more quickly as he caught up to Bastianini after delivering some fast laps towards the end.

While Bezzecchi recorded sectors that would have classified him as the first MotoGP rider to earn a spot in the 1m 56s class at Sepang, he crashed on his final attempt after making errors on his previous two.

Joan Mir finished in the top ten marking the first Honda although the spotlight was taken away by his teammate Luca Marini, who was credited for putting in an impressive race simulation on the sister Honda RC213V.

While Fabio Quartararo dropped to 11th place on the timesheets, he had the distinction of having his Yamaha dominate the speed charts for the better part of the day, presumably validating Tuesday’s comments that the M1 will be significantly faster on a straight line this season.

Marc Marquez was unquestionably the most active rider of the day after running an incredible 72 laps. Meanwhile, Johann Zarco was the only other rider to crash twice on the LCR Honda besides Acosta and Bezzecchi.

Michele Pirro filled in for the injured Franco Morbidelli at Pramac Ducati, while Lorenzo Savadori stepped in for Raul Fernandez at Trackhouse Aprilia with Cal Crutchlow joining the action as Yamaha only fields two GP entries in MotoGP.

2024 MotoGP Official Pre-Season Testing Results Sepang Day 2

Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap TimeLaps
1Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP241m 57.13447
2Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP241m 57.27356
3Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 57.32742
4Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 57.44654
5Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP241m 57.46952
6Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP231m 57.61954
7Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP231m 57.67256
8Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC161m 57.72652
9Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP231m 57.86753
10Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 57.87239
11Fabio Quartararo🇫🇷Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 57.88853
12Johann Zarco🇫🇷LCR HondaHonda RC213V1m 58.01142
13Alex Rins🇪🇦Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 58.11050
14Marc Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP231m 58.11872
15Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 58.30059
16Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR HondaHonda RC213V1m 58.37237
17Luca Marini🇮🇹Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 58.39441
18Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.45661
19Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.54956
20Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC161m 58.91550
21Cal Crutchlow🇬🇧YAMALUBE Yamaha RacingYamaha M11m 58.99059
22Lorenzo Savadori🇮🇹Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 59.67648
23Michele Pirro🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP241m 59.70249
24Raul Fernandez 🇪🇦Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 00.1200
Pol Espargaro🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16
Dani Pedrosa🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16
Stefan Bradl🇩🇪Team HRCHonda RC213V
N/CFranco Morbidelli🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP24

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