Bastianini-Stunner on MotoGP Sepang Test Day 2 - Full Results

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Published:   7th February 2024

2023 MotoGP race winner Enea Bastianini continues to impress with his pre-season form as the Italian sets an unofficial lap record.

Losing the teammate battle to Francesco Bagnaia last season does not seem to have affected Enea Bastianini all that much. The Italian continues where he left off in Sepang in 2023.

Giving his rivals no time to breathe on day two of the Sepang test, Martin set a 1’57.273 in his ninth lap of the day, stunning his MotoGP competition.

Only last year’s runner-up Jorge Martin and KTM  best Brad Binder were able to somewhat match the Italian’s one-lap pace who after already setting the unofficial new lap record, was on his way to the first-ever 1’56 lap around Sepang before aborting his last attempt of the day.

1Enea Bastianini1'57.134Lenovo Ducati
2Jorge Martin+0.139Pramac Racing
3Brad Binder+0.193KTM Factory Racing
4Aleix Espargaro+0.312Aprilia Racing
5Francesco Bagnaia+0.335Lenovo Ducati
6Fabio Di Giannntonio+0.485VR46 Racing Team
7Alex Marquez+0.538Gresini Racing
8Pedro Acosta+0.592GASGAS Tech3
9Marco Bezzecchi+0.733VR46 Racing Team
10Joan Mir+0.738Repsol Honda
11Fabio Quartararo+0.754Monster Energy Yamaha
12Johann Zarco+0.877LCR Honda
13Alex Rins+0.976Monster Energy Yamaha
14Marc Marquez+0.899Gresini Racing
15Jack Milller+1.166KTM Factory Racing
16Takaaki Nakagami+1.238LCR Honda
17Luca Marini+1.260Repsol Honda
18Maverick Vinales+1.322Aprilia Racing
19Miguel Oliveira+1.415Trackhouse Racing
20Augusto Fernandez+1.781GASGAS Tech3
21Cal Crutchlow+1.856Monster Energy Yamaha
22Lorenzo Savadori+2.542Trackhouse Racing
23Michele Pirro+2.568Pramac Racing

Will Aprilia's heat struggle continue in 2024?

Following a rather disappointing end to the 2023 season with severe struggle in certain areas, Aprilia is looking to improve the RS-GP ahead of the 2024 season.

Being the first team to run diffusers on the rear of the bike, the Noale brand looks to eliminate on of their biggest problems of 2023 – major heat.

All four Aprilia riders complained about the RS-GP being unable to conserve the front tire in the slipstream as well as being burned by the severe heat coming from the engine.

Miguel Oliveira, Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro form a slipstream train on Day 2 of the test - David Goldman / Red Bull Content Pool

To make sure their 2024 challenger will not suffer from high temperatures as much, the Italians put a rather unusual test run on their agenda.

With all three of their available full-time riders out on track, the Aprilia ‘train’ put in a half-race stint giving the two factory riders time to experiment on front tire temperature in the slipstream.

Front tire temperature will play an important role throughout the season as MotoGP’s new pressure rule will come into effect with full force at the season-opener in Qatar.

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