2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2: Marquez Fastest; Under 1:30 Lap Time

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2: Honda's Marc Marquez
Honda's Marc Marquez

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2 Results

The reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez could not beat Suzuki’s Alex Rins or Honda’s Cal Crutchlow Friday during the debut MotoGP test at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit.

But come Saturday, the second of three days in the 2018 MotoGP test with temps once again over 100 degrees (F), Respol Honda’s Marquez was the rider to beat.

As he celebrated his 25th birthday, the Spaniard posted the first-ever sub 1:30 minute lap time at Chang, which debuts on the MotoGP calendar after hosting World Superbike for three years.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2: Honda's Marc Marquez
Honda’s Marc Marquez

Marquez claimed the top time of 1:29.969 on lap 91 of 97. He worked on his RC213V’s aerodynamics and suspension setup, and also tested a new spec-Michelin rear tire during the test.

Marquez lapped the flat, 2.83-mile circuit containing 12 corners 0.158 of a second ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, and 0.216 of a second ahead of Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miler.

“First of all, I’d like to say thank you to all my fans as I’ve received many, many messages for my birthday,” Marc Marquez says. “The best way to celebrate is on my bike, as I really enjoy riding it! Today was a good day.

“We started by playing with the setup a bit in the beginning of the session. Then we went on to try some Michelin rear tyres, which weren’t bad, and we also worked on the aerodynamics. At the end of the day, we put together our best package and we went faster. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, as it seems that the track gets better and better every day, and so do the other riders. That said, I think we’re doing a great job in our garage and we’ll try to continue on that path.”

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2: Honda's Dani Pedrosa
Honda’s Dani Pedrsoa

With two Hondas and a Ducati claiming the top-three positions, Yamaha YZR-M1 machinery locked in the fourth and fifth spots: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco, respectively. Vinales finished with a 1:30.2741, which was 0.305 of a second behind Marquez and 0.086 ahead of the Zarco.

Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci finished sixth, ahead of Friday’s second-place finisher, Rins, and Friday’s leader, Crutchlow. Rounding out the top 10 were the Ducati Team duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test, Day 2: Ducati's Jack Miller
Ducati’s Jack Miller

As for fan favorite Valentino Rossi, who turned 39 on Friday, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilot finished 14th 0.919 of a second off the pace.

The 24-rider grid returns to the #ThaiTest Sunday for the final day of testing at Chang International Circuit, which hosts round 15 of 2018 MotoGP in October.

2018 Thailand MotoGP Test Results, Day 2

PosRiderTeamFastest lapLead. GapPrev. GapLapsLast lap
1MARQUEZ, MarcRepsol Honda Team1:29.96991 / 97
2PEDROSA, DaniRepsol Honda Team1:30.1270.1580.15839 / 71
3MILLER, JackAlma Pramac Racing1:30.1850.2160.05864 / 69
4VIÑALES, MaverickMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.2740.3050.08984 / 90
5ZARCO, JohannMonster Yamaha Tech 31:30.3600.3910.08653 / 60
6PETRUCCI, DaniloAlma Pramac Racing1:30.3670.3980.00731 / 75
7RINS, AlexTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.4460.4770.07955 / 56
8CRUTCHLOW, CalLCR Honda CASTROL1:30.4900.5210.04475 / 85
9DOVIZIOSO, AndreaDucati Team1:30.4940.5250.00426 / 78
10LORENZO, JorgeDucati Team1:30.7290.7600.23522 / 57
11IANNONE, AndreaTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:30.7750.8060.04627 / 76
12RABAT, TitoReale Avintia Racing1:30.8550.8860.08065 / 69
13BAUTISTA, AlvaroÁngel Nieto Team1:30.8830.9140.02883 / 89
14ROSSI, ValentinoMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:30.8880.9190.00522 / 65
15NAKAGAMI, TakaakiLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:30.9010.9320.01378 / 83
16SMITH, BradleyRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:31.1131.1440.21238 / 79
17ESPARGARO, AleixAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.1301.1610.01718 / 65
18MORBIDELLI, FrancoEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:31.1851.2160.05547 / 68
19KALLIO, MikaRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:31.5981.6290.41395 / 99
20REDDING, ScottAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:31.6371.6680.03920 / 67
21ABRAHAM, KarelÁngel Nieto Team1:31.6611.6920.02468 / 72
22LUTHI, ThomasEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:31.9942.0250.33336 / 71
23SYAHRIN, HafizhMonster Yamaha Tech 31:31.9982.0290.00437 / 49
24SIMEON, XavierReale Avintia Racing1:32.2672.2980.26955 / 60