Danilo Petrucci set the unofficial Moto GP lap record at Sepang on the final day of pre-season testing around the Malaysian track before crashing.
Petrucci completed 32 laps on his factory Ducati beating the lap record towards the end of the session’s opening hour with a time of 1m58.239 – almost six-tenths quicker than the previous record set by Jorge Lorenzo at last year’s winter test.
Shortly after setting the lap time, the Italian then crashed at turn five, destroying the new aero fairing being debuted by Ducati.
Petrucci headed home a Ducati 1-2-3-4 with the Pramac Ducati’s of Moto 2 Champion Pecco Bagnaia second quickest, just 0.063 seconds slower.
His Pramac teammate Jack Miller ended the day third quickest with a time of 1m58.366 completing 47 laps but crashed late on.
Petrucci’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso was fourth fastest, three-tenths slower than his teammate.
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales finished fifth behind the Ducati’s completing the most laps out of anyone with 79 registered.
Cal Crutchlow finished sixth, still trying to recover from the broken ankle he sustained late last year at the Australian GP.
The top six all managed to surpass Lorenzo’s previous record.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was seventh whilst Bradley Smith deputised for Andrea Iannone who is still struggling with an infection, ending the day 23rd.
Petronas SRT Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli was eighth quickest whilst his rookie team-mate Fabio Quartararo ended it 16th.
Takaaki Nakagami was ninth for LCR ahead of Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Honda’s reigning champion Marc Marquez, who again ended his programme early as he tries to regain fitness following Shoulder surgery over the winter.
Suzuki’s Alex Rins was only 12th after claiming runner-up spot on the first two days, whilst his rookie team-mate Joan Mir was 15th.
Johann Zarco finished in 17th, ahead of factory team-mate Pol Espargaro and the satellite KTM of rookie Miguel Oliveira.
Another pre-season test will take place in Qatar at the end of the month before the first round of the 2019 season on March 10th.
By Jordan Hollands.