Results of the third day of the Sepang test

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Luca Marini is the fastest rider in Malaysia, with Marc Márquez rounding out the Top 10

Results of the third day of the Sepang test

The last day of the first preseason test of the year featured better weather conditions than on Friday.

Luca Marini (Ducati) was quickest with a time of 1:57.889. His compatriot, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) followed him closely with a best time just 0.080 slower. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) was one of the riders with the most laps undertaken and finished in third position, just over a tenth behind Marini and Bagnaia.

There was little difference between the other riders. Enea Bastianini (Ducati), Jorge Martín (Ducati), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati), Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) and Álex Márquez (Ducati)  finished the test within the 1:58 mark, and with barely 2 tenths separating them.

The Repsol Honda Team intensifies its work

Marc Márquez and Joan Mir made the most of the track time and completed a total of 100 laps. After his 55 laps of the Malaysian circuit, Márquez set the 10th fastest time, 7 tenths behind the pacesetter, with Mir in 12th position, 1 tenth behind his teammate. Both were able to improve their times from the previous two days.


1. Luca Marini (Ducati) – 1:57.889
2. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) +0.080
3. Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) +0.147
4. Enea Bastianini (Ducati) +0.260
5. Jorge Martín (Ducati) +0.315
6. Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) +0.418
7. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati) +0.455
8. Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) +0.474
9. Álex Márquez (Ducati) +0.496
10. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) +0.777
12. Joan Mir (Repsol Honda) +0.895

Rider Statements


“Unfortunately today we couldn’t ride a lot and we had to change our schedule as a result. We were able to do about 25 laps in the dry and then in the wet we were able to confirm a few points. I am working a lot and I am trying to get a lot of information for Honda and to be as clear as possible with my quotes. Since it rained today we will have to move our plan for the second day to tomorrow where we are aiming to make a step with the lap time”.


“The rain today was a pity because it meant we had to change our plan completely. We had a lot of things to try but we only got a few laps in the dry. Still we made the most of what we could and got some laps in the rain where the feeling was not so bad. I was able to improve with each lap and each exit which is the really important thing. We were faster than yesterday and I’m feeling more comfortable on the Honda. There’s still a lot of work to do so let’s hope the weather is good tomorrow and focus on what we have to try”.

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