Viñales fastest in rainy MotoGP test day at Valencia

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales has set the pace on a rain-interrupted first day of the Valencia post-season MotoGP test while Jack Miller was 14th after mechanical issues.

Viñales clocked a 1:31.416s with a 2019-spec Yamaha engine which took him to the top with around two hours left in play before rain soon reappeared.

His Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Valentino Rossi 0.429s back in third and Jonas Folger, the marque’s new test rider, 22nd.

Marc Marquez had two spells as the fast man and ended up 0.302s off the lead as he rode two versions of the 2019-spec Repsol Honda.

Both he and new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo claim to not being at full fitness and #99 was 18th-fastest.

At Lorenzo’s old home, the Ducati Team, Andrea Dovizioso was only 0.001s slower than Rossi in fourth, while new factory team Danilo Petrucci was eighth and test rider Michele Pirro, the day’s only crasher, 10th.

Dovizioso ran an updated GP18, Petrucci a standard and updated GP18, and Pirro a GP19.

Francesco Bagnaia, this year’s Moto2 champion, was top rookie in 11th.

His Pramac Ducati team-mate, Jack Miller, ended the day three positions behind due to mechanical problems with the updated GP18 he was riding.

With the track also at least partially wet for the first two hours, new Suzuki Ecstar recruit Joan Mir’s 59 laps was the day’s high as he took up 15th position.

Avintia Ducati’s Tito Rabat logged 36 laps in his return from a broken leg on his way to 16th.

Testing continues tonight at 2000 AEDT.

Day 1: Valencia Post-season test

Pos  Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:31.416
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:31.718 0.302/0.302
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:31.845 0.429/0.127
4 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:31.846 0.430/0.001
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda Honda 1:32.015 0.599/0.169
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.085 0.669/0.070
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.095 0.679/0.010
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.100 0.684/0.005
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.179 0.763/0.079
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.220 0.804/0.041
11 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.396 0.980/0.176
12 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.402 0.986/0.006
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:32.539 1.123/0.137
14 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.555 1.139/0.016
15 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:32.787 1.371/0.232
16 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.834 1.418/0.047
17 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.835 1.419/0.001
18 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.959 1.543/0.124
19 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.291 1.875/0.332
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:33.301 1.885/0.010
21 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:33.709 2.293/0.408
22 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:33.810 2.394/0.101
23 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:33.850 2.434/0.040
24 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:34.233 2.817/0.383
25 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:35.118 3.702/0.885

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