The rain has over-conditioned the second day of the Sepang test for MotoGP. The crash during the night meant that the drivers found the track too wet in the morning start, but it caused even more damage in the afternoon, with two and a half hours to go, because it reduced the time too much on dry asphalt. So things, fewer tests for the teams than on the opening day on Friday and a table of times led this Saturday by Jorge Martín, able to improve his Ducati by a single thousandth his previous day’s time, but that doesn’t help him gain positions in the combined, because Friday’s times prevail and he continues fourth, behind Bezzecchi, Maverick and Bastianini.
The 1:58.736 of Martinator It has given him an advantage of 0.103 over Miguel Oliveira, who appears for the first time on the handlebars of the Aprilia for the first places, and leaves him with a day to go at 0.266 from the time with which Marco Bezzecchi shines first in the combined.
Another of the riders who has improved from one day to the next has been Pol Espargaró, that with his third place he gives himself his first joy in his return to KTM, even if it is under the name of GASGAS. Quartararo, Bagnaia, Raúl Fernández, Marini, Rins, Bastianini and Binder followed him to close the top ten. Further back they finished 13th Márquez, 16th Mir, 17th Álex Márquez, 18th Maverick, 20th Aleix and 23rd Augusto Fernández.
A technical detail that lights up Quartararo’s smile is that his Yamaha has gained another kilometer per hour today on the Sepang straight compared to his engine from last year. From 330.2 km/h to 334.3 on Friday and 335.4 today.
There is a third day left, tomorrow, in which all the teams will try to evolve the 2023 bikes and in which there will be attacks on the clock everywhere and, if the rain does not prevent it, they should also see racing simulations, which are long runs on the track of the pilots to look for real sensations of the race.