With next to no rain overnight, the MotoGP riders were met with a bone dry and blistering hot track on Tuesday morning, which meant they went straight to work. First order of business was a time attack: with air temperatures still rising, this was the best chance of a fast time the riders had been given during all three days of the test.
Their attempts were rewarded. Half the field was quickly into the 1'59s, and before noon, Jorge Lorenzo had smashed the existing unofficial lap record of the track set by Marc Marquez in 2015. Lorenzo's time of 1'58.830 was just a fraction under the 1'58.867 set by Marquez, but it is a sign of both how much faster Lorenzo is this year, and how much the Michelins have improved in their first two seasons back in MotoGP.
Dani Pedrosa is second quickest at noon, missing out on a 1'58 by just nine thousandths of a second, and finishing ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Jack Miller's progress on the Pramac Ducati continues, while Alex Rins impresses on the Suzuki GSX-RR in fifth. Marc Marquez is currently sixth, ahead of Johann Zarco who is fastest of the Yamahas. Tito Rabat is eighth, another rider who has been transformed since switching from Honda to Ducati.
As the track heats up and air temperature rises, fast laps are getting harder to make. On the schedule for the rest of the day are race simulations - truly torture in the sweltering Malaysian heat - and then an early stop for the satellite riders, or testing until the rain comes for the factory riders.
Times at noon:
|1||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Ducati GP18||1:58.830|
|2||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||1:59.009||0.179||0.179|
|3||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:59.052||0.222||0.043|
|4||43||Jack Miller||Ducati GP17||1:59.346||0.516||0.294|
|5||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:59.348||0.518||0.002|
|6||93||Marc Marquez||Honda RC213V||1:59.382||0.552||0.034|
|7||5||Johann Zarco||Yamaha M1||1:59.511||0.681||0.129|
|8||53||Tito Rabat||Ducati GP17||1:59.547||0.717||0.036|
|9||29||Andrea Iannone||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:59.615||0.785||0.068|
|10||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP18||1:59.819||0.989||0.204|
|11||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP18||1:59.908||1.078||0.089|
|12||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2:00.018||1.188||0.110|
|13||30||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||2:00.071||1.241||0.053|
|14||19||Alvaro Bautista||Ducati GP17||2:00.205||1.375||0.134|
|15||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||2:00.234||1.404||0.029|
|16||21||Franco Morbidelli||Honda RC213V||2:00.526||1.696||0.292|
|17||25||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||2:00.555||1.725||0.029|
|18||17||Karel Abraham||Ducati GP16||2:00.574||1.744||0.019|
|19||36||Mika Kallio||KTM RC16||2:00.719||1.889||0.145|
|20||10||Xavier Simeon||Ducati GP16||2:00.784||1.954||0.065|
|21||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:01.120||2.290||0.336|
|22||12||Tom Luthi||Honda RC213V||2:01.126||2.296||0.006|
|23||45||Scott Redding||Aprilia RS-GP||2:01.158||2.328||0.032|
|24||38||Bradley Smith||KTM RC16||2:01.214||2.384||0.056|
|25||68||Yonny Hernandez||Yamaha M1||2:01.223||2.393||0.009|
|26||33||Kohta Nozane||Yamaha M1||2:01.385||2.555||0.162|
|27||32||Katsuyuki Nakasuga||Yamaha M1||2:02.077||3.247||0.692|