Maverick Viñales has ended the second day of the Sepang shakedown test as fastest. As Aprilia are the only factory to still have concessions, Viñales and teammate Aleix Espargaro are free to test outside of official testing. While Espargaro is expected to ride on the final day, Viñales was lapping three quarters of a second faster than Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, and a second slower than his best time on the Yamaha when MotoGP was last here back in 2020.
Marco Bezzecchi was the fastest of the rookies, a few thousandths of a second quicker than Raul Fernandez, the Mooney VR46 rider making a massive step forward in lap times, going nearly 1.3 seconds faster than yesterday. Remy Gardner four tenths slower than Bezzecchi and 1.3 seconds behind Viñales, while Darryn Binder was less than a tenth of a second behind Gardner. Fabio Di Giannantonio was absent due to a stomach problem.
Among the test riders, Michele Pirro was working with two versions of Ducati's aero package, the 2021 package and the new version first debuted at Jerez. The Desmosedici on both bikes was sporting the long lower exhaust also seen at Jerez.
Other notes from the day: the Honda RC213V turned up, so Stefan Bradl was out on track on Tuesday. So far, only Yamaha's Japanese test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane have been on track, with Cal Crutchlow expected to ride on the final day of the shakedown test, then at the two days of official testing. Telling which rider set which time can be difficult, as Dani Pedrosa has been riding, but the KTM test bikes are listed as "Mika Kallio Bike 1" and "Mika Kallio Bike 2".
Times on day 2:
|1||12||Maverick Viñales||Aprilia RS-GP||1:59.833|
|2||51||Michele Pirro 1||Ducati GP22||2:00.565||0.732||0.732|
|3||72||Marco Bezzecchi||Ducati GP21||2:00.734||0.901||0.169|
|4||25||Raul Fernandez||KTM RC16||2:00.819||0.986||0.085|
|5||51||Michele Pirro 2||Ducati GP22||2:00.822||0.989||0.003|
|6||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:01.102||1.269||0.280|
|7||87||Remy Gardner||KTM RC16||2:01.177||1.344||0.075|
|8||40||Darryn Binder||Yamaha M1||2:01.297||1.464||0.120|
|9||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||2:01.361||1.528||0.064|
|10||82||Mika Kallio 2||KTM RC16||2:01.923||2.090||0.562|
|11||82||Mika Kallio 1||KTM RC16||2:01.936||2.103||0.013|
|12||32||Lorenzo Savadori 1||Aprilia RS-GP||2:02.043||2.210||0.107|
|13||32||Lorenzo Savadori 2||Aprilia RS-GP||2:02.683||2.850||0.640|
|14||T1||Yamaha Test 1||Yamaha M1||2:02.870||3.037||0.187|
|15||T2||Yamaha Test 2||Yamaha M1||2:03.000||3.167||0.130|
Improvements by rookies from day 1 to day 2:
|72||Marco Bezzecchi||Ducati GP21||2:02.012||2:00.734||1.278|
|40||Darryn Binder||Yamaha M1||2:02.146||2:01.297||0.849|
|87||Remy Gardner||KTM RC16||2:01.852||2:01.177||0.675|
|25||Raul Fernandez||KTM RC16||2:00.898||2:00.819||0.079|