Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fastest in rain-delayed practice two

Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in a rain-soaked second MotoGP practice session at Sepang, beating Marc Marquez by just over two tenths of a second to top the timesheets

Sepang MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo fastest in rain-delayed practice two

The session was red-flagged almost as soon as it began due to the arrival of a heavy rain shower, with proceedings resuming after a 20 minute delay on a very wet circuit.

The times rapidly tumbled as track conditions improved, and it was Lorenzo who took charge with a succession of fastest laps.

Beating Marquez's early benchmark by three tenths, the factory Yamaha rider proceeded to lower his time by a further 4.4 seconds over the course of his first stint as he explored the limit.

Lorenzo's best time of 2m14.503s would stand until the end of the session, with Marquez ultimately falling 0.242s short when he returned to the track later in the session.

Morning pacesetter Dani Pedrosa, having spent much of the session in the lower reaches of the top 10, rose to third in the closing stages, albeit eight tenths adrift of Honda team-mate Marquez.

Andrea Dovizioso and Aleix Espargaro made late improvements to complete the top five ahead of Hector Barbera, whose last-ditch effort took him up to a surprise sixth place.

Stefan Bradl was one of the quickest riders in the first half of the session but faded to seventh late on, ahead of Andrea Iannone, who appeared to injure his elbow in a late crash at the last corner.

Nicky Hayden and Cal Crutchlow rounded off the top 10, while Philip Island winner Valentino Rossi could manage no better than 15th in a difficult session, 3.519s off the pace.

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2m14.503s -
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2m14.745s 0.242s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2m15.582s 1.079s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m16.231s 1.728s
5 Aleix Espargaro Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2m16.374s 1.871s
6 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2m16.693s 2.190s
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2m16.706s 2.203s
8 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 2m16.793s 2.290s
9 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m16.868s 2.365s
10 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Ducati 2m16.906s 2.403s
11 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 2m17.259s 2.756s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 2m17.384s 2.881s
13 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 2m17.411s 2.908s
14 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Racing Honda 2m17.434s 2.931s
15 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m18.022s 3.519s
16 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m18.043s 3.540s
17 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m18.544s 4.041s
18 Alex de Angelis Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2m18.662s 4.159s
19 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 2m19.151s 4.648s
20 Danilo Petrucci IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2m19.301s 4.798s
21 Scott Redding Gresini Racing Honda 2m19.726s 5.223s
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Avintia/Kawasaki 2m20.725s 6.222s
23 Broc Parkes Paul Bird Motorsport PBM/Aprilia 2m20.781s 6.278s


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