2018 Sepang Official MotoGP Test (Day Three): Lorenzo Smashes Lap Record Before Midday Break

  • Jorge Lorenzo smashes lap record in the morning session.

  • Dani Pedrosa also broke his old record.

  • Cal Crutchlow continues to do well.

The previous outright lap record of 1:59.053 set by Dani Pedrosa in 2015 has finally been broken, during this third day of the 2018 Sepang Official MotoGP Test.

While as many as eleven riders broke into the 1:59 minute time bracket just before midday, it was Jorge Lorenzo who holds the distinction as the first rider to record a time below 1:59 minutes, with an ultra-fast 1:58.830, after a superb display of riding smoothness and speed.

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Former record Dani Pedrosa also broke his own record by posting a time of 1:59.009 which earned him the second fastest spot.

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Cal Crutchlow continues his impressive run with a 1:59.052 lap.

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Lorenzo’s Ducati Team teammate, Andrea Doviziso posted the fourth fastest time of 1:59.169.

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Jack Miller is also continuing his impressive form in fifth with 1:59.346.

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One rider who had been going about his business quietly is Alex Rins of Team Suzuki Ecstar. He had been posting impressive times consistently for the past two days, before posting his fastest lap yet at 1:59.348.

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Marc Marquez completed the morning session in seventh after clocking 1:59.382.

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Both Marquez and Crutchlow are testing the 2018 bike with the new aerodynamic package. The former remarked yesterday that the team needed to make other adjustments to bike for a better balance.

Although the second through to the thirteenth position seem far apart, the riders were separated by just 0.8 second. Those positions consisted of a good mix of bikes too. If all teams are as competitive throughout the year as what we witness now, we’re in for another exciting season ahead.

Hold on tight as we bring you the conclusion of 2018 Sepang Test later today.


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