MotoGP Official Test 2017: Iannone Tops Second Day At Sepang

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Suzuki's Andrea Iannone led the way at the top of the timesheets on the second day of the Official MotoGP Test 2017. The first four hours of the session was wet and most of the riders didn't go out to set lap times.

Eventually, the track dried out in the afternoon and riders went out to test their 2017 MotoGP race machines shod with slick tyres. Reigning Moto2 champion Johann Zarco was the first rider to post a sub 2m01s barrier which was later bested by Alvaro Bautista, Maverick Vinales and Zarco again.

But these three riders couldn't stop the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone who set a blistering time of 1m59.452s. It is best time set by any rider in the official test and Iannone was 0.228s faster than Casey Stoner's fast lap on Monday.

The Italian was followed by Maverick Vinales who once again showed his pace on a Yamaha M1 and was 0.407s slower than the benchmark time. Bautista showed his experience and put his Ducati GP16 in third place just ahead of nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

At the end of the session, Zarco was fifth and Hector Barbera sixth followed by Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo was shocked by the lack of pace on Monday but he proved that he can be competitive with Ducati by finishing 1.032s off the pace by the leader.

The ninth spot was sealed by Tech3 rookie Jonas Folger, just ahead of reigning MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez. Fellow Honda riders Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa completed the session in 12th and 14th respectively.

Aprilia pair of Aleix Espargaro and rookie Sam Lowes ended the session in 11th and 22nd respectively. Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding finished the session in 15th place, while his experienced team-mate Danilo Petrucci finished in 17th. Avintia Ducati's Loris Baz was 18th.

KTM rider still lacks pace as Pol Espargaro ended the session in 20th place and team-mate Bradley Smith in 25th place.

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