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Bagnaia the fastest driver on the final day of testing in Sepang

Bagnaia the fastest driver on the final day of testing in Sepang

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The reigning MotoGP world champion, Francesco Bagnaia, finished the final day of testing in Sepang with the fastest time. The Italian, racing for the Ducati factory team, set a new unofficial track record with a time of 1:56.682, and three other racers, Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini and Alex Marquez, completed laps under 57 minute XNUMX seconds. Track conditions were slightly better, with overcast skies itching for more optimal temperatures and accumulated rubber on the track offering better grip. Many racers have not decided to chase the fastest time, but have already dedicated themselves to racing simulations. Among those who completed the simulation of the shorter sprint race was the very fast Enea Bastianini, while newcomer Pedro Acosta also drove great times. Aleix Espargaro was fifth with Aprilia, just under two tenths faster than
Martin: New tire pressure rules will destroy racing

Martin: New tire pressure rules will destroy racing

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Jorge Martin started today's race with the desire to reduce the gap in the overall standings behind the leader Bagnaio. But the Spaniard was no match for his competitor today and finished the race in fourth place, one place behind the Italian racer. This increased the advantage in the total to 14 points. "After six laps, I couldn't follow Pecco anymore. The goal before today's race was to finish ahead of him, but when I saw that it wouldn't be possible, I settled for fourth place. Driving just behind Pecco, the main problem was overheating the front tire , so I was always on the verge of falling." "The new rule regarding tire pressure is destroying racing. With all the potential penalties, it is very demanding for us racers. If the rule applies for the next season as well, the racers will contact the directorate together
Bastianini: I didn't want to influence the fight for the title

Bastianini: I didn't want to influence the fight for the title

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Enea Bastianini explained after the sprint race, which he finished in fourth place, that he deliberately did not want to attack his teammate Francesco Bagnaio, who is fighting for the title of world champion, at the end. Despite a good start to the race, Francesco Bagnaia was unable to keep up with the pace of Alex Marquez and Jorge Martin in the rest of the race due to problems with his front tire. In the end, Enea Bastianini and Brad Binder came close to him. It seemed that Bastianini was even faster than his teammate, but he deliberately did not want to attack him. He himself confirmed this after the race. If he managed to overtake him, Bagnaji would pinch off an additional point in the fight for the title. "Today I had a lot of problems with the front tire throughout the race at the entrance to the corner. The problems were even more obvious when driving
Bagnaia: The races will have to be finished before Martin

Bagnaia: The races will have to be finished before Martin

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After today's sprint race, Francesco Bagnaia emphasized that tomorrow's main race could be crucial in the fight for the title of world champion. Despite a good start to the race, the Italian failed to take advantage of the best starting position and finished third, one place behind Jorge Martin, who thus reduced the gap in the overall total to eleven points. When asked what was the reason for today's slightly worse performance, he answered: "We don't know exactly yet. I simply didn't have the right feeling on the motorcycle from the beginning of the race. It's good that we now have a lot of data available that we can analyze and let's better prepare for tomorrow's main race." "In the beginning, my rhythm was quite solid, but then I had big problems with the front part of the motorcycle on the brakes
Bagnaia won the best starting position in Sepang

Bagnaia won the best starting position in Sepang

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Francesco Bagnaia won the best starting position for the races in Malaysia, where Jorge Martin, who crashed in the last fast attempt, and Enea Bastianini will also start from the front row. The fourth place was won by Alex Marquez, who will be joined at the start by the racers of the VR46 team, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi. Brad Binder was seventh, Fabio Quartararo eighth, Maverick Vinales ninth, and Jack Miller, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Johann Zarco will be on the fourth starting row. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1723192315865411674
Bagnaia satisfied with today's performance: I am very fast with a worn tire

Bagnaia satisfied with today's performance: I am very fast with a worn tire

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Francesco Bagnaio has a very positive Friday in Sepang. Sam is confident that he is perfectly prepared for both races this weekend. In the first training session, he focused mainly on preparing for the race, which was also the reason why he finished it only in fifteenth place. In the second race, he secured a direct entry in the faster qualifying group with eighth place without any major problems. "It's a very good day for me. It wasn't the easiest, but I secured a direct placement in the faster qualifying group, which was the main goal." "I am particularly pleased with the speed I showed with the worn tyre." After having quite a few problems with the softer rear tire at the previous venues, this was not the case today. "In the last period, I had quite a few problems in the back
Marc Marquez: We are completely uncompetitive for one fast lap, which does not surprise us

Marc Marquez: We are completely uncompetitive for one fast lap, which does not surprise us

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Marc Marquez was only partially satisfied after Friday's events in Sepang. The eight-time world champion was in the lead at the beginning of the second free practice session, but when the other racers began to seriously attack, the fast lap time slipped to fifteenth place. He is comforted by the fact that at least the rhythm for the race is not among the worst. "On some tracks we are good for one fast lap, but we don't have the right rhythm for the race. Here in Sepang it's the other way around. We have a solid rhythm, but for one fast lap we are far behind," Marquez was clear at the end of the day. "We expected something like that, so we're not surprised. I started both training sessions well, but in the following I couldn't find that little bit more to be fast for one lap." "Qualifying will be so very important. I will give my maximum and we will see
Jorge Martin drove completely on the limit, hoping for a dry race

Jorge Martin drove completely on the limit, hoping for a dry race

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Jorge Martin finished Friday's free practice in Sepang in second place overall and was the only one to go under 1:58, alongside the fastest Alex Marquez. Despite this, he was not the most satisfied with his performance, as he was already driving at the limit today. "Today's basic goal was to be placed directly in the faster qualifying group, which we achieved. We just got a bit better on our strategy, as I already used the fastest tire in the morning. Nevertheless, I was also very fast in the second practice session." "I managed to set a time under 1:58, which is very impressive. We'll see how it goes tomorrow morning, but the fact is that I was riding completely at the limit today and it will be difficult to improve anything. Maybe I still have some gap in the one fast lap, but as for the rhythm itself
Bautista: The feeling on the motorcycle is not right yet, but I enjoyed it a lot

Bautista: The feeling on the motorcycle is not right yet, but I enjoyed it a lot

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After Friday's action in Sepang, Alvaro Bautista admitted to the press that riding a MotoGP motorcycle requires a much different riding style than the one he is used to in the Superbike class. The two-time Superbike world champion spent most of the day adjusting to the MotoGP class motorcycle and finished second to last overall. Only Iker Lecuona, who replaces the injured Alex Rins in the LCR team, was slower. Nevertheless, Bautista was satisfied with his performance. "First, I had to set up the motorcycle to my liking, which required quite a bit of time. In the beginning, I did not feel the best on the motorcycle. With each lap, I became more confident, which also showed in the lap times. In the second practice, I corrected my time for two seconds." "Still
Alex Marquez second practice in Sepang

Alex Marquez second practice in Sepang

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Alex Marquez set the fastest time of the second free practice in Sepang (1:57.823). The younger of the Marquez brothers thus confirmed his good form after taking second place in the first training session. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1722888703096365056?t=rVZnYGoaVspu1wgqYMfTwg&s=19 Jorge Martin was second this time. Team Pramac's racer, besides the fastest Marquez, was the only one who went below the 1:58 mark. The third and fourth times were set by KTM riders, Jack Miller was this time faster than Brad Binder. Maverick Vinales set the fifth time ahead of Luca Marini and Fabio Quartararo. Current world champion Francesco Bagnaia was eighth. The top ten was completed by Marco Bezzecchi and Johann Zarco, who were the last to secure a direct entry into the faster