Iannone tops second day of testing in Sepang

Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone set the pace on the second day of MotoGP pre-season testing at Sepang.

Action during the first four hours of the day was limited, as the track surface again dried out slowly following rain on Monday afternoon and evening.

Riders started venturing out on slick tyres early in the afternoon, and times slowly dropped as grip levels increased.

Iannone set a 2m00.402s with just under two hours left on the clock, and the session was then red-flagged with one hour to go following a Turn 7 crash for Tito Rabat.

The Marc VDS Honda rider was taken to the medical centre and then to Hospital in Putrajaya for x-rays and further examination. The team confirmed Rabat had injured his left knee and right wrist in the crash.

After the brief stoppage, the final 30 minutes featured was wild and entertaining as riders tried fresh tyres.

In that short space of time, Iannone fell as low as fourth but then, with 11 minutes remaining, headed back out to turn a blistering 1m59.452s, 0.767 seconds clear of the field at the time and 0.228s faster than Casey Stoner’s Monday benchmark.

All the riders’ best times from Tuesday can be seen below.

1          Andrea Iannone       Suzuki 1'59.452       

2          Maverick Vinales      Yamaha 1'59.859     0.407

3          Alvaro Bautista         Ducati 2'00.219        0.767

4          Valentino Rossi         Yamaha 2'00.254     0.802

5          Johann Zarco            Yamaha 2'00.343     0.891

6          Hector Barbera         Ducati 2'00.351        0.899

7          Andrea Dovizioso     Ducati 2'00.441        0.989

8          Jorge Lorenzo           Ducati             2'00.484        1.032

9          Jonas Folger               Yamaha 2'00.495   1.043

10       Marc Marquez          Honda 2'00.531        1.079

11       Aleix Espargaro        Aprilia 2'00.609        1.157

12       Cal Crutchlow           Honda 2'00.692        1.240

13       Alex Rins                     Suzuki           2'00.877        1.425

14       Dani Pedrosa            Honda 2'00.886        1.434

15       Scott Redding           Ducati 2'00.972        1.520

16       Karel Abraham         Ducati 2'00.981        1.529

17       Danilo Petrucci         Ducati 2'01.124        1.672

18       Loris Baz                     Ducati            2'01.227        1.775

19       Michele Pirro                         Ducati            2'01.383        1.931

20       Pol Espargaro            KTM   2'01.525        2.073

21       Jack Miller                   Honda           2'01.557        2.105

22       Sam Lowes                  Aprilia           2'02.058        2.606

23       Tito Rabat                   Honda           2'02.190        2.738

24       Takuya Tsuda           Suzuki 2'02.266        2.814

25       Bradley Smith           KTM    2'02.517        3.065

26       Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 2'02.893    3.441

27       Kohta Nozane           Yamaha 2'03.052     3.600

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