Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez celebrated his 25th birthday in style at Day 2 of the MotoGP Winter Thai Thai in Buriram, leaving it late to set the first ever sub-1:30 lap time of the Chang International Circuit on Lap 91 of a mammoth 90+ lap workload for the six-time World Champion.
That took the top spot back from teammate Dani Pedrosa, who ended the day second fastest and a tenth and a half down after having led for the majority of the latter stages of the session.
Third was Jack Miller who was 0.058 off Pedrosa as he continues his run of top performance in 2018.
One of the big headlines on Saturday was once again aero. Part of Marquez’ 94 laps in the incredible heat of Thailand was spent on an aero package, with the number 93, teammate Pedrosa and HRC test rider Cal Crutchlow of LCR Honda Castrol (Friday’s fastest) – all having tried updates across the Sepang and Thai tests.
Behind the lockout for the Repsol squad at the top, Crutchlow was the third quickest Honda and was eighth, but quicker than his Friday lap. The Brit concentrated on test duty rather than a time attack.
Miller, meanwhile, continued to show how he’s settled into life on the Ducati GP17. By the end of action, a late run from the Australian saw him shoot ahead of teammate Danilo Petrucci – on a GP18 and also on Ducati test duty – who ended the day in P6 after hovering further up earlier in the day.