2022 Sepang MotoGP Test Saturday 5pm: Espargaro Fastest As Pace Hots Up

Things are starting to pick up at Sepang as the temperatures drop towards the end of the day and a fast lap comes within reach again. Aleix Espargaro is still fastest, leading Enea Bastianini, but Maverick Viñales has upped his pace moving ahead of Alex Rins. The Hondas of Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro lead the second Suzuki of Joan Mir, while Johann Zarco is the second quickest Ducati in 8th. Yamaha tester Cal Crutchlow is the fastest Yamaha, just ahead of Fabio Quartararo in tenth.

Times at 5pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:58.371    
2 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP21 1:58.638 0.267 0.267
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia RS-GP 1:59.102 0.731 0.464
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.157 0.786 0.055
5 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.287 0.916 0.130
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:59.353 0.982 0.066
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:59.415 1.044 0.062
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP22 1:59.491 1.120 0.076
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Test M1 1:59.558 1.187 0.067
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:59.667 1.296 0.109
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:59.772 1.401 0.105
12 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:59.913 1.542 0.141
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:59.945 1.574 0.032
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati GP22 1:59.949 1.578 0.004
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP22 2:00.027 1.656 0.078
16 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 2:00.036 1.665 0.009
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 2:00.107 1.736 0.071
18 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati GP21 2:00.248 1.877 0.141
19 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP22 2:00.258 1.887 0.010
20 4 Andrea Dovizoso Yamaha M1 2:00.342 1.971 0.084
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM RC16 2:00.416 2.045 0.074
22 87 Remy Gardner KTM RC16 2:00.786 2.415 0.370
23 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP22 2:01.011 2.640 0.225
24 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati GP21 2:01.057 2.686 0.046
25 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 2:01.390 3.019 0.333
26 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha M1 2:01.405 3.034 0.015
27 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 2:04.385 6.014 2.980
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Here comes The Marc.

Watch Aprilia have a lovely 2022, who can't support that?

Bezz is going to stay alight, enjoy. Martin has company.

Suzuki has an easier "conventional" hurdle to hit pace, but do not discount their pace arrival. They are about to keep Mir. 

Unlike Yamaha.

Honda is JUST getting started.

Oliveira is motivated, back on and fit, and fully aware of the shop window whilst seeking his next seat. Watch for him at Suzuki. 

The Ducati times mean nothing. They are so confident and focused that they plan on stamping their brand on Qatar.

If you don't think this is a really good for Infant Day 1, congrats...you hate HRC more than me. Think one of them chased a fast lap today? No. They did not.

5 Marc
6 Pol
11 Taka
12 Alex

Cheers!

Marc's strength also seems to be his weakness. The flexible nature of his mind that allows him to quickly adapt to track conditions and racing situations also appears in the soft tissues of his body resulting in stretched shoulder ligaments and dislocations and the diplopia reoccurance. Will his nature change? No. Will he feel compelled to play with the limit? Yes. Will he balance the two and refrain from missing races due to injury? We'll see. The racing is great with him on the track (minus the infrequent over the limit move on other riders). Here's to hoping finds his balance.