Pol Espargaro Quickest on Rain Disrupted Shakedown Test Day 2

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Published:   2nd February 2024

Marking the first full-time testing day for Honda and Yamaha riders, Day 2 of the shakedown test gave a first insight into the power balances of the 2024 season. Espargaro leads the way.

Eyes were on Pedro Acosta as he headed into his third day on machinery debut. The Spaniard once again proved that he is more than ready for the premier class finishing the day with an impressive third place on the timesheets, just 0.290 seconds behind leader Pol Espargaro.

In a departure from the norm, the full-time riders of Honda and Yamaha teams were granted the opportunity to test their bikes during the shakedown, thanks to MotoGP’s new concession system.

Following their horrific performance in 2023, the Japanese outfits currently make up concession group D, allowing them the use of more test days, tires, engines and the use of their full-time riders during private tests.

Abrupt End to the Day

The day’s testng action came to an abrupt halt when a red flag was raised due to a typical Sepang storm.

Heavy rain and winds hit the track with approximately 1.5 hours remaining, forcing riders to retreat to the pits and conclude their testing sessions prematurely.

Following roughly 6.5 hours of testing, KTM topped the timesheets:

1Pol Espargaro1'58.241Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2Fabio Quartararo+0.283Monster Energy Yamaha
3Pedro Acosta+0.290Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
4Alex Rins+0.409Monster Energy Yamaha
5Dani Pedrosa+0.431Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
6Joan Mir+0.846Repsol Honda
7Johann Zarco+0.850LCR Honda
8Luca Marini+0.971Repsol Honda
9Takaaki Nakagami+1.028LCR Honda
10Stefan Bradl+1.529Repsol Honda
11Cal Crutchlow+1.633Monster Energy Yamaha
12Michele Pirro+1.915Ducati Lenovo
13Lorenzo Savadori+2.579Aprilia Racing

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