Saturday, 12 February 2022 – 14:55 WIB
VIVA – The MotoGP riders were able to go faster on the second day of the Mandalika MotoGP official test after their first appearance at the Mandalika Circuit was disrupted by dirty track conditions.
Brad Binder of the KTM team scored a best lap time of 1’32″814 at the top of the record time until 11:00 WITA, Saturday 12 February 2022. The South African racer was able to bring his motorbike about 0.6 seconds faster than the best time of the first day made by Pol Espargaro from the Repsol Honda team (1’32”466).
Fabio Quartararo of the Yamaha team is currently in second place, 0.006 seconds adrift of Binder. Meanwhile, Alex Rins kept Suzuki’s pace in third position, 0.070 seconds behind.
Enea Bastiani (Gresini Racing) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) round out the top five for drivers who are less than 0.1 seconds away from the session leader. There were 13 temporary drivers who were able to score a lap faster than the best record on the first day.
Earlier on Friday, the first day of the test session was interrupted by a dirty track condition of dust and gravel. The track is closed for approximately one hour to be cleaned before reopening at 12:00 WITA after the track is declared safe.
Before 15:00 WITA, the drivers were given instructions to do 20 laps to see if the track conditions had improved. If the track is still considered dirty, then there is a possibility that the test session will be stopped to allow the track to be thoroughly cleaned so that the last two days of the test run smoothly.