Mandalika MotoGP Test Saturday Times: Marini Fastest As Work Starts In Earnest

Luca Marini has taken top spot on the second day of the Mandalika test. The Mooney VR46 rider shot to the top of the standings in the final half hour of the test, as the riders switched from testing mode to chasing a fast time. Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez took second spot, two tenths behind Marini, and a fraction ahead of Maverick Viñales, the Aprilia continuing to go well.

Fabio Quartararo put the Monster Energy Yamaha into fourth, ahead of the Suzuki of Joan Mir and the Pramac Ducati of Johann Zarco. Enea Bastianini popped up to seventh at the end of the session, while Pol Espargaro ended eighth. Jorge Martin led Pecco Bagnaia for the last two spots in the top ten, while Brad Binder, who had led the timesheets for most of the day, dropped down to eleventh.

The track has cleaned up considerably from yesterday, with a clean line with a lot of grip forming. Off line, the track remains very dirty, heavily punishing mistakes. But the increased grip means that times dropped by over a second on Saturday, the riders dropping into the 1'31s within the first hour, and Marini ending with a best time of 1'31.289.

The test ends on Sunday, the final day of the Mandalika test, as well as the 2022 preseason.

Times:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'31.289    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.481 0.192 0.192
3 12 Maverick Viñales Aprilia 1'31.516 0.227 0.035
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'31.564 0.275 0.048
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'31.586 0.297 0.022
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'31.586 0.297  
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'31.599 0.310 0.013
8 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'31.605 0.316 0.006
9 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'31.665 0.376 0.060
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.725 0.436 0.060
11 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'31.814 0.525 0.089
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'31.849 0.560 0.035
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'31.884 0.595 0.035
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'31.906 0.617 0.022
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'31.918 0.629 0.012
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'31.980 0.691 0.062
17 49 Fabio Di Giannantonio Ducati 1'32.047 0.758 0.067
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.200 0.911 0.153
19 4 Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha 1'32.303 1.014 0.103
20 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'32.318 1.029 0.015
21 25 Raul Fernandez KTM 1'32.401 1.112 0.083
22 72 Marco Bezzecchi Ducati 1'32.471 1.182 0.070
23 87 Remy Gardner KTM 1'32.598 1.309 0.127
24 40 Darryn Binder Yamaha 1'33.053 1.764 0.455
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Mandalika is lika equalizer track? Six manus in top six yesterday and five in top five today within .3 seconds. Well...one lap pace. During testing. So far. Not counting those that did not go for a fast lap at the end. And on and on...