Valentino Rossi's brother is the fastest in the second day of the Mandalika MotoGP Pre-season Test

 Luca Marini closed the results of the second day of the MotoGP pre-season test at the Mandalika Circuit, Saturday (12/2/2022). 

The Mooney VR46 Ducati racer broke the time dominance of Brad Binder from Red Bull KTM who was always the fastest in several sessions. Marini recorded a time of 1 minute 31,280 seconds.

The first day of the pre-season test brought the name Pol Espargaro from the Repsol Honda team with a time of 1 minute 32.466 seconds. This record managed to surpass the record of the WSBK rider from PATA Yamaha Toprak Ratzgatlioglu who recorded a time of 1 minute 32.877 seconds. Pol's record time became a reference for other racers to try to record the best time at the new Mandalika circuit.

MotoGP Franco Morbidelli
MotoGP Franco Morbidelli

This target is proven by the faster time records made by the racers. Fabio Quartararo, the 2021 world champion, from the Monster Yamaha team managed to break through 1 minute 31 seconds during the first hour of the test on the second day. The same time record was also made by Alex Rins from the Suzuki Ecstar team. The condition of the track which is fairly humid in the morning makes the time achievement not maximal.

The racers then hit the gas again as the sun shone on Lombok. This makes the confidence of the riders increase and the ability to grip the tires which became the main issue on the first day due to the dirty muddy circuit conditions. If the hot weather continues during the second day, it is possible that the racers will be able to record a break time of 1 minute 29 seconds.

Several drivers were also reported to have fallen while trying to break the time limit faster. Call it Jorge Martin from Pramac Ducati, Joan Mir who is a teammate of Rins and Andrea Dovizioso from WithU RNF Yamaha.

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
MotoGP Fabio Quartararo

Unfortunately, Mandalika's weather changed again in the middle of the day. Black clouds have been seen hanging over the circuit since 2 o'clock local time which makes many teams worried about the condition of the track being wet and dirty again.

In the last session a new change occurred. Marini burst into the top row after in the last session rose about 10 positions from the achievements in the previous session. Marini's position, 24 years old, is followed by Marc Marquez from Honda and Maverick Vinales from the Aprilia Racing team. Even though there was a new name, the record time had not penetrated 1 minute 29 seconds.

Some drivers are more confident opening the acceleration lever and are getting used to the layout of this circuit. This makes the third day of the pre-season test, Sunday (13/2/2022) even more exciting to look forward to.

First Day Achievements

 Valentino Rossi's brother is the fastest in the second day of the Mandalika MotoGP Pre-season Test

The results of the first day were quite promising for Pol Espargaro. The Honda rider was the fastest and was pleased with his performance. He also felt that he could increase his speed in the next test.

"It's important to start well, but this is just the beginning. For sure we are happy with the result and the bike is doing well here. It's fast, fast in one lap and in race pace but this is just the beginning. The times will be much better in the next tests ," said Pol, quoted from, Saturday (12/2/2022). 

Jack Miller from Ducati also revealed the progress made in the first day of testing. The Australian racer said he was pleased with the advancement of electronic devices to overcome the lack of grip on the tires on a wet track.

"I feel we made a big step with the electronics today, due to the lack of grip. I think we will also face these conditions in Qatar with the dust. It was a very important day for us. It was nice to have corners in 5th and 6th and the number of run-offs. which is spacious, safe like home and a lot of fun. It doesn't look live on TV but turns 7 blind spots, sending the bike there is really fun," said Miller.

About Track Conditions

On the second day, the condition of the track is still a major concern. This is after the track conditions on the first day that disappointed many parties. Like in WSBK, Mandalika's weather conditions often change quickly from heat to heavy rain which makes it quite difficult for the motorbike to prepare to hit the track.

The first day the drivers cleaned the dusty track voluntarily. This is seen as a collaboration between MotoGP riders to stay in action on the first day of testing rather than to cover up the poor preparation of the circuit which is again the question, is the Mandalika Circuit really ready to carry out an international event like MotoGP next March?

The circuit manager has tried to clean the track with an engine but to no avail. A meeting to discuss track conditions was held and finally the riders were asked to complete about 20 laps to clean the track by riding a motorbike at 3 pm.

"We had a meeting to decide whether to try to clean the track with an engine, or ride a motorbike," said Dovizioso.

"Every rider doesn't really want to race because I came out before the meeting and I can't explain how bad it was. But they tried to clear before I came out, at Turns 1 and 2, and I couldn't see the difference between those corners and the others," added Dovi.


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