Aleix Espargaro continued to make headlines in Malaysia on Wednesday. Although fuel levels remain unknown, the NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider was conspicuous as his Open specification FTR-Yamaha ended the day fifth.
Jorge Lorenzo, the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion, slipped to sixth on the Sepang test Day Two timesheet, but he did improve by half a second on his Tuesday best and got through some important work on electronics settings.
Lorenzo’s best time of 2:00.573 — on the 27th of his 49 laps — on Wednesday left him 0.647s behind title rival and pace man Marc Marquez, but also behind teammate Valentino Rossi and the likes of FTR Yamaha-equipped compatriot Aleix Espargaro.
It’s often said that winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But winning it twice, in the same year, is a feat that had only happened twice before in the race’s 51-year history.
That was until last week when CORE autosport-prepared cars claimed victories in both the GT Le Mans and Prototype Challenge classes in the historic inaugural round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Scott Redding was pleased with his first day of this week’s MotoGP test, as the field gathered in Malaysia for the first time in 2014.
Englishman Redding steps up to the premier class with GO&FUN Honda Gresini, riding the all-new Honda RCV1000R customer bike under Open regulations. This differs from the RC213V of teammate Alvaro Bautista, whose own machine is competing under the Factory Option set of rules.