Reigning MotoGP world champion takes fastest lap on day three ahead of Lorenzo and Crutchlow
Marc Marquez signed off at the second MotoGP test in Malaysia with the fastest time on day three today.
The Honda rider dominated days two and three at the Sepang circuit, the Spaniard followed into second place by Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo and LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow in third.
Marquez was again quick to set the pace early on and while he didn’t equal his track record from the first Sepang test, he eventually set a time of 1:59.115 on lap 13 of a total of 73, the 22-year-old spending the remainder of the day focusing on set-up and chassis comparison rather than further time attack laps.
Lorenzo was also quick to post a time early before the humid conditions got any hotter, the Spaniard 0.322s off Marquez and 0.221s ahead of Crutchlow, who made a leap in improvement today on his RC213V machine.
Ducati’s Andrea Iannone was fourth today with a best lap of 1:59.722, and while Andrea Dovizioso may have finished in 10th today, both Italians were very fast in adapting to the new Desmosedici GP15 over the three days.
Valentino Rossi was not able to match the top three today, the seven times MotoGP champion in fifth just 0.050s ahead of Bradley Smith on the satellite Yamaha Tech 3 machine.
Dani Pedrosa ended the day in seventh place, the Honda rider the final man to break the two-minute mark with his best lap of 1m 59.912s to see him ahead of Open Class rider Hector Barbera for the Avintia Racing team with a stunning time of 2:00.244 good enough for eight place and ahead of the factory machine of Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro.