Viñales continues to set pace in Valencia MotoGP test

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales lowered his own benchmark on Day 2 to remain the fastest rider at the Valencia post-season MotoGP test wrapped up.

Viñales set a 1:30.757s amid a relative flurry of fast laps in the final hour of the day, after a crash midway through proceedings.

Team-mate Valentino Rossi was ninth as they tested another incarnation of the 2019 Yamaha engine.

Andrea Dovizioso finished 0.133s back as he and Danilo Petrucci, who was fifth, tried Ducatis which were another step closer to 2019-specification.

Michele Pirro, the Ducati Team’s test rider, again ran the GP19 and ended the day 19th, having had another spill.

Marc Marquez was third, 0.154s away from Viñales’ best, as he and new Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo also tried bikes which were a mixture of 2018 and 2019 versions.

Lorenzo all but halved his deficit to the leader on Day 2 to be 0.827s slower in 12th.

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) was fourth-fastest while riding a ‘first step’ 2019 bike according to Ducati Team manager Davide Tardozzi.

Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli was the fastest rookie, in sixth position, while Alex Rins was seventh with a new engine in his Suzuki Ecstar machine.

Another official test will take place at Jerez on November 28-29.

Day 2: Valencia Post-season test

Pos  Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:30.757
2 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.890 0.133/0.133
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:30.911 0.154/0.021
4 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:30.939 0.182/0.028
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:30.959 0.202/0.020
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:30.974 0.217/0.015
7 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.254 0.497/0.280
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:31.304 0.547/0.050
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:31.371 0.614/0.067
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:31.400 0.643/0.029
11 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:31.405 0.648/0.005
12 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:31.584 0.827/0.179
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:31.628 0.871/0.044
14 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:31.714 0.957/0.086
15 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:31.940 1.183/0.226
16 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.091 1.334/0.151
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.124 1.367/0.033
18 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:32.265 1.508/0.141
19 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.376 1.619/0.111
20 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:32.509 1.752/0.133
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:32.906 2.149/0.397
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:33.008 2.251/0.102
23 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:33.028 2.271/0.020
24 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:33.798 3.041/0.770
  6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda Honda    

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