Jorge Lorenzo has topped the second sesson of free practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang. The Movistar Yamaha rider spent most of the session working on set up on used tires, before pushing at the end on fresh tires to take over at the top. Dani Pedrosa ended the session in 2nd, the Repsol Honda rider not quite able to match the pace of Lorenzo in the second half of the track.
Marc Marquez had led early, but could not quite find the pace of Lorenzo and Pedrosa, finishing the session in 3rd place, two tenths of a second behind Lorenzo. Andrea Iannone took 4th, the Ducati rider laying down a very consistent pace before shooting for a spot in Q2 on a fresh set of tires. Cal Crutchlow ended the session in 5th spot, nearly eight tenths slower than the fastest man Lorenzo, the LCR Honda rider pushing for a fast time at the end of the session.
Aleix Espargaro was the first of the Suzukis, though both Espargaro and Maverick Viñales showed solid pace on the GSX-RR. Espargaro was the only Suzuki man to make it to Q2 though upping the pace at the end of the session to take 6th, while Viñales dropped down to 11th, just outside the top 10. If it rains as expected on Saturday, improving times may be difficult for riders who missed out on Q2.
Andrea Dovizioso could not match the pace of his Ducati teammate, the Italian ending the session in 7th, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, whose 8th position is worse than it looks. Rossi was much closer through the first half of practice, but when he put on new tires for a fast run, he came straight back in again to swap bikes. It was not entirely clear what the issue was, but Rossi was clearly unhappy with some aspect of his machine.
Danilo Petrucci was impressive on the Pramac Ducati to take 9th, while Scott Redding secured his spot in the top 10 on the Marc VDS Racing Honda.
|20||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||2'03.480||3.234||0.854|
|22||24||Toni Elias||Yamaha Forward||2'03.710||3.464||0.225|
|23||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||2'03.731||3.485||0.021|