Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia tops Sepang preseason test

MotoGP News: Bagnaia tops final day of Sepang Test

The powerful Ducati bikes dominated MotoGP preseason testing at Sepang all week, with Francesco Bagnaia coming out on top at 1m56.682s on the final day.

Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) was 2nd quick, as last year’s gripping rivalry was renewed early in 2024.

Having finished fastest yesterday, Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team) was forced to settle for third but once again proved he’s back to his best – something his team boss, Davide Tardozzi, also wanted to stress. Fourth and the final man to have broken new ground by posting a 1:56.938 was Gresini Racing’s Alex Marquez.

An intense period of work comes to a close for the MotoGP teams as preparations for the season intensify.

Work started early on the final day and at a high intensity, as the outright lap record around the 5.5km circuit was broken early on. After a flurry of fast laps, the MotoGP grid settled into their working rhythm to capitalize on the stable conditions as the three-day test wrapped up.

Yet more reasons to smile down at Ducati with their three 2024 machines occupying the top three places, and six of their seven full-time riders sitting in the top eight.

Marc Marquez finally threw some soft rubber at this Gresini Racing machine today and he closed out his three days in Malaysia within touching distance of the top spots. A 1m57.270s sees the #93 just over half a second behind the World Champion despite being on a year-old Ducati.

The outlier for Ducati was Marco Bezzecchi, who’s had his struggles in Sepang. A third crash in three days won’t have helped his mood as he was unable to improve on his lap from yesterday and, as a result, finished 15th on the combined standings.

Sepang Test – Combined Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1m56.682s
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.172s
3 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.233s
4 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.256s
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.409s
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.588s
7 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.625s
8 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.661s
9 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.683s
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.692s
11 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.843s
12 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.846s
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.083s
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.169s
15 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.185s
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.197s
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.260s
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 1.318s
19 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.326s
20 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.991s
21 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 2.058s
22 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 2.132s
23 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.183s
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