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MotoGP Official Pre-Season Test | Bagnaia ends Sepang test on top as Ducati fires warning shot

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Pecco Bagnaia sent out a warning shot to his rivals after concluding the third and final day of official pre-season testing for the 2024 MotoGP World Championship at Sepang with a huge new lap record as he led a Ducati 1-2-3-4.

The defending double World Champion has maintained a fairly low profile in the run up to day three of the first official test in Malaysia, the Italian putting in the mileage on the new Ducati GP24 rather than chase lap times initially.

However, having seen 2023 MotoGP runner-up Jorge Martin go quickest on Tuesday and his Ducati Lenovo Team counterpart Enea Bastianini savour the spoils on Wednesday, Bagnaia saved his best until last as one of four riders to lap Sepang in under 1m 57secs on Thursday.


Day 3/3 - Headlines at a glance...

  • 🚀 Defending MotoGP Champion Pecco Bagnaia obliterates the Sepang lap record with a 1m 56.682s
  • ⏱️ He is joined under the magic 1m 57s mark by Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini and Alex Marquez
  • 💥 Falls for Joan Mir (T15) and Fabio di Giannantonio (T9)
  • 📋 RESULTS and LAP TIMES below

With rain threatening for the afternoon, the fastest lap times via qualifying simulations came within the opening hour a handful of riders dealing out a steady stream of one-upmanship as records and personal bests were swiftly broken throughout the field.

Among them came the very first-ever laps of the Sepang Circuit in the 1m 56s bracket, a feat that would be repeated on four occasions over the course of the day, each on Ducati machinery. Fastest of them alll was Bagnaia, the factory rider finding a mammoth 0.8s of time over his 2023 Malaysian MotoGP pole position.

His 1m 56.682secs was good enough to out-pace Martin by two tenths on the sister Prima Pramac Ducati GP24, while Bastianini appeared to confirm that strides made with the GP24 as he made it a 1-2-3 lockout for the new Ducati package.

Alex Marquez and Marc Marquez consolidated Ducati's eye-catching form all-round as they ascended the timesheets on day two to complete the test fourth and sixth respectively on the year-old machine.

The 'best of the rest' in fifth place would prove to be Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia rider leading the challenge to Ducati with a lap just shy of joining his the top four under 1m 57s.

Brad Binder slipped from second to seventh day-to-day as the highest-placed rider not to improve his lap time on the final day aboard his factory KTM. On a fairly static leaderboard that didn't change much after the busy opening hour, Fabio di Giannantoniol, Pedro Acosta and Joan Mir completed the top ten.

2024 MotoGP Pre-Season Testing | Sepang, Official Testing Results [Combined]

Tuesday [FINAL] | Day 2 of 3 | Conditions - Sunny, Hot

🇲🇾 ⏱️ 2024 MotoGP Official Pre-Season Testing Results | Sepang, Malaysia | Day 3 of 3 [Thursday] | Combined [3pm]
Pos.+1hrNameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1=Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP241m 56.682
2=Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP241m 56.854
3=Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP241m 56.915
4=Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP231m 56.938
5=Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 57.091
6=Marc Marquez🇪🇦Gresini RacingDucati GP231m 57.270
7=Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 57.327
8=Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP231m 57.343
9=Pedro Acosta🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC161m 57.365
10=Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 57.374
11=Fabio Quartararo🇫🇷Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 57.525
12=Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 57.528
13=Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR HondaHonda RC213V1m 57.765
14=Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 57.851
15=Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Pertamina Enduro VR46 RacingDucati GP231m 57.867
16=Alex Rins🇪🇦Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 57.879
17=Johann Zarco🇫🇷LCR HondaHonda RC213V1m 57.942
18=Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.000
19=Luca Marini🇮🇹Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 58.026
20=Cal Crutchlow🇬🇧YAMALUBE Yamaha RacingYamaha M11m 58.673
21=Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦Red Bull GasGas Factory Tech3KTM RC161m 58.740
22=Lorenzo Savadori🇮🇹Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.814
23=Michele Pirro🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP241m 58.865
24=Raul Fernandez 🇪🇦Trackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP2m 00.120
-Pol Espargaro🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16
-Dani Pedrosa🇪🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16-
-Stefan Bradl🇩🇪Team HRCHonda RC213V-
N/CFranco Morbidelli🇮🇹Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP24-

Sepang Circuit | Lap Records

🇲🇾 ⏱️ 🏁 Sepang International Circuit | Lap Records
-RiderNat.TeamBikeLap TimeYearClassification
-Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 57.49120232023 Pole Position
-Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP221m 59.6342022Best Race Lap
-Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231m 57.4912023All-Time Lap Record

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