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Due to the rain at night, the humidity and the absence of sun, the asphalt of the Malaysian circuit of Sepang did not reach the optimal conditions that it did show on the previous day. For this reason, the times of this second day were not as fast as yesterday and only two riders managed to break the 2-minute barrier: Andrea Iannone and Maverick Viñales.
Within the intense work carried out by all the teams, the drivers who managed to ride the fastest were not exactly the favorites. Alvaro Bautista was in first position during the last minutes of the session until the arrival of Iannone, while they closed the top 5 Valentino rossi and a surprising Johann zarco, who also held the first position for a few minutes.
Second day: few conclusions and a lot of work
The adaptation of Andrea Iannone In his jump from Ducati to Suzuki, he seems to be finding it easy for the Italian. Not only did he improve his time compared to Monday's day, but he also managed to become the fastest rider in his own right during the two days of testing at Sepang with a best time of 1: 59.452.
TO Iannone likes the GSX-RR, feels comfortable and allows him to exploit his style carved in the Moto2 category where he fought so much years ago. Now, with a bike significantly less critical than last year's Ducati, Iannone will try to put the Suzuki back on the podium like Viñales did in 2016 and claim his second victory in the premier class.
Very fast as it has always been shown Maverick Viñales. The Figueres rider did not arrive at the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP to ride or fill the grid, and he was the only other rider capable of running under 2 minutes with a time of 1: 59.859. Valentino Rossi finished fifth.
Mack wants to win and he knows he can do it, and in order to get to the first race with the maximum possibilities, he is working hard on fine-tuning his M1 to suit his style, testing different solutions and defining the development line to follow. his side of the box.
It seems that the change from Aprilia to Ducati is working well for him. Alvaro Bautista And it is managing to extract a much more productive performance than what we were used to at Aprilia. The feelings of the Talaverano are much better and you can even see in his face that he feels comfortable with the Team Aspar motorcycle. If he manages to do a good job in preseason we could see him fighting to be the best private of 2017.
The Ducati are showing themselves in top form, at least for one lap. While Bautista caressed an imaginary podium, Barbera returned to stand out positions with a sixth position followed by the two official GP17 of Dovizioso and Lorenzo. The Balearic pilot seems to have found the key that yesterday deprived him of better sensations.
On the other side of the coin we find Honda, with a better motorcycle classified in the tenth position of Marc Márquez, while his teammate Dani Pedrosa finished fourteenth. Among them, Aleix Espargaró put his Aprilia RS GP in eleventh position, Cal Crutchlow was placed twelfth and Alex Rins he begins to take the air to this MotoGP with a thirteenth place.
In the absence of an hour until the conclusion of the second pre-season training sessions in Sepang, Tito Rabat he went to the ground and had to be evacuated by medical assistance, which forced the appearance of the red flag and left us somewhat worried. The Marc VDS rider had to be transferred to Putrajaya hospital for an X-ray for a more intensive examination.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that tomorrow, the last day of testing in Sepang, time respects. In addition, while today he has remained as a mere advisor, tomorrow Casey Stoner will hit the track again and yesterday he left a very serious warning.