The second and final day of the Official 2022 Sepang MotoGP test got off to a flying start with day one leader Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and then Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati GP21) beating the previous fastest ever two-wheeled lap recorded at the Malaysian circuit.

The unofficial record (official records are only during grand prix weekends) was by Danilo Petrucci, on a Ducati, in 2019.

It looked like there was a good chance of seeing MotoGP's first ever 1m 57s later today, but rain arrived shortly before 2pm...

The test is the first time that Marc Marquez has ridden a MotoGP bike since winning at Misano last October, after which he was sidelined by a repeat of his 2011 double-vision problems triggered by an enduro training accident.

Testing takes place from 10am to 6pm, followed by practice starts.

The second and final MotoGP pre-season test will be held at Indonesia's new Mandalika circuit from February 11-13...

2022 Sepang MotoGP Test - Sunday (2pm)
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1=Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)1m 58.131s
2=Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.026s
3=Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.112s
4=Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.130s
5=Maverick VinalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+0.130s
6=Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.134s
7=Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.182s
8=Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.201s
9=Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)+0.282s
10=Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.289s
11=Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.299s
12=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.398s
13=Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.476s
14=Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+0.514s
15=Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.570s
16=Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+0.579s
17=Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.669s
18=Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.885s
19=Raul FernandezSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.049s
20=Fabio di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+1.066s
21=Cal CrutchlowGBRYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.131s
22=Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+1.153s
23=Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.217s
24= Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.234s
25=Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*+1.726s
26=Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+1.865s
27=Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+7.547s


^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than previous hour.

Top speeds as of 2pm:

Fastest Day 1 Time:
Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia 1m 58.371s

Fastest Shakedown Time:
Maverick Vinales SPA Aprilia 1m 58.942s

Official Sepang MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo
FRA Yamaha 1m 58.576s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Valentino Rossi
ITA Yamaha 1m 59.661s (2019)

Unofficial Sepang MotoGP record:
Danilo Petrucci
ITA Ducati 1m 58.239s (2019 testing)

By Peter McLaren
Photo: Hazrin CRIC