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7 days ago
By motogp.com

Level up: every rider breaks 2 minute Sepang barrier

The Sepang Test saw all the full-time riders dip into the 1:59s and beyond as 2020 shapes up to be a barnstormer

At the 2020 MotoGP™ Sepang Test, every full-time premier class rider managed to set a lap time under the 2:00 bracket. That’s everyone from fastest man Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) to Red Bull KTM Tech 3 rookie Iker Lecuona in P23, with just 1.549 seconds separating the entire field.

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Rossi happy with "positive three days"

That is, quite simply, super impressive. Just three years ago at the Sepang Test, only the top 10 fastest men were able to set a lap time below the 2:00 barrier. And now, with every rider – including all the rookies and Yamaha test rider Jorge Lorenzo – dropping below the magic number, it goes to show the competition levels in MotoGP™ are reaching incredible heights.

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Quartararo fastest across all 3 days of Sepang Test

In addition, at the end of the three days, just 0.345 split all six factories. P1-P9, Quartararo to Aleix Espargaro. And, just to add a bit more meat to the bone, the top 18 were covered by a mere eight tenths, and P18 was Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who seemingly didn’t push for a really fast time.

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After the Flag - Day 3 at the Sepang Test

Pencil in every factory for a podium challenge under the Losail International Circuit floodlights because if the Sepang Test is anything to go by, we’re in for a mouth-watering 2020 campaign.

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