The final day of the Sepang shakedown test has concluded, with a slight changing of the guard. Dani Pedrosa handed the KTM over to fellow test rider Mika Kallio, and Bradley Smith vacated the two new 2020-spec Aprilia RS-GPs to make way for Aleix Espargaro. Meanwhile, Yamaha were out in force, including Jorge Lorenoz, making his return to the Iwata factory.
Pol Espargaro ended the day as fastest, under the race lap record, but still over a second away from Fabio Quartararo's pole record from last November. The KTM rider finished ahead of his brother on the Aprilia, Aleix Espargaro under two tenths slower than Pol. Pol is two tenths quicker than his qualifying time here in November, while Aleix is a couple of tenths slower.
Miguel Oliveira is just over a tenth behind the Aprilia Espargaro on the Tech3 KTM, and just ahead of Ducati test rider Michele Pirro. KTM rookie Brad Binder is two thirds of a second behind his factory teammate, and ahead of Stefan Bradl on the Honda test bike. Jorge Lorenzo finishes his test on the Yamaha a second behind Pol Espargaro, and a tenth off his qualifying time at the race here last November.
Alex Marquez was absent from the test, having flown to Jakarta for the launch of the Repsol Honda team with his brother Marc. The Marquez brothers were not the only riders in Indonesia: at the same time, the Monster Energy Yamaha riders were at an event in the country.
Times at the end of Day 3, courtesy of Hazrin Cric:
|1||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:59.444|
|2||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||1:59.622||0.178||0.178|
|3||88||Miguel Oliveira||KTM RC16||1:59.748||0.304||0.126|
|4||51||Michele Pirro||Ducati GP20||1:59.922||0.478||0.174|
|5||33||Brad Binder||KTM RC16||2:00.099||0.655||0.177|
|6||6||Stefan Bradl||Honda RC213V||2:00.441||0.997||0.342|
|7||36||Mika Kallio||KTM RC16||2:00.472||1.028||0.031|
|8||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha M1||2:00.506||1.062||0.034|
|9||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Suzuki GSX-RR||2:00.655||1.211||0.149|
|10||27||Iker Lecuona||KTM RC16||2:01.659||2.215||1.004|
|11||Y1||Yamaha Test 1||Yamaha M1||2:01.908||2.464||0.249|
|12||Y2||Yamaha Test 2||Yamaha M1||2:02.704||3.260||0.796|
|13||32||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia RS-GP||2:02.795||3.351||0.091|
|14||Y3||Yamaha Test 3||Yamaha M1||2:02.843||3.399||0.048|
Sepang lap records compared:
|2019||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP19||1:58.239||Sepang Test|
|2019||20||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha M1||1:58.303||Q2|
|2019||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:59.661||Race|
|2020||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:59.444||Sepang Shakedown|