Enea Bastianini fastest in the final Sepang test after breaking lap record

Enea Bastianini fastest in the final Sepang test after breaking lap record

Enea Bastianini was the fastest in the final day of Sepang MotoGP test, setting a new unofficial lap record.

Enea Bastianini continued putting an impressive performance from the first day of pre-season testing during the Sepang test by setting a new unofficial lap record on the final day.

Despite finishing fourth on Saturday aboard the GP21 version of Ducati’s premier class prototype, Gresini Ducati rider Aleix Espargaro managed to beat Saturday’s pacesetter Aleix Espargaro ahead of the lunch break on the final day at Sepang International Circuit.

Bastianini set a blistering time of 1:58.131s to finish quickest, just 0.026s ahead of opening day pacesetter Aleix Espargaro.

Espargaro started by setting a new Sepang lap record of 1:58.157s early on Sunday, but his lead was short-lived as Bastianini moved clear with an even faster 1:58.131s, a speed that would remain unchallenged for the remainder of the day owing to a rain shower after lunch that hindered running.

The Aprilia rider ended the final test ranking second on the timesheets ahead of Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins managing fourth on the same time as Maverick Vinales’ Aprilia RS-GP.

Francesco Bagnaia finished sixth, barely ahead of 2021 MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo, with Marc Marquez finishing eighth marking the fastest Honda rider.

Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco and Honda’s Pol Espargaro rounded out the top ten just 0.289s apart.

Joan Mir finished 12th fastest despite crashing at Turn 15 earlier on in the day, while Marco Bezzecchi of VR46 finished 16th overall as the fastest rookie after crashing at the same turn.

KTM remained near the back of the pack, with Miguel Oliveria finishing 15th, 0.570s behind Bastianini’s pace.

Yamaha was also towards the bottom of the leader board, with Andrea Dovizioso of RNF Racing in 21st place, nearly a second behind test rider Cal Crutchlow, and Franco Morbidelli and Darryn Binder in 24th and 25th place, respectively.

The MotoGP team will now go to Indonesia’s new Mandalika circuit for the second and final pre-season test, which will begin on Friday ahead of the championship opener in Qatar.


1=Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)1m 58.131s
2=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.026s
3=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.112s
4=Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.130s
5=Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.130s
6=Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.134s
7=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.182s
8=Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.201s
9=Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.282s
10=Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.289s
11=Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.299s
12=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.398s
13=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.476s
14=Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.514s
15=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.570s
16=Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.579s
17=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.669s
18=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.885s
19=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.049s
20=Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.066s
21=Cal CrutchlowGBRYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.131s
22=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.153s
23=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.217s
24= Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.234s
25=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+1.726s
26=Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+1.865s
27=Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+7.547s

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