Nakagami pips Marquez on final day of MotoGP testing

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LCR Honda rider Takaaki Nakagami has pipped factory counterpart Marc Marquez to top spot on the final day of MotoGP testing of 2018 at Jerez.

Nakagami laid down a 1:37.945s with just over an hour of the season remaining to not only usurp Marquez but also better Danilo Petrucci’s fastest lap of a day earlier.

Marquez ended up 0.025s shy of Nakagami while new Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo was 0.135s slower again in fourth position on the day.

Maverick Viñales split them with a fast lap set also with a bit more than 60 minutes left on the clock, but Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Valentino Rossi was 0.651s off the pace in 11th.

Petrucci again led the way for the Ducati Team in fifth, two positions and less than a tenth of a second ahead of Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller.

Andrea Dovizioso, who reported that Ducati was not working on engines, was eighth and Miller’s team-mate Francesco Bagnaia the top rookie in ninth.

Ducati’s fill-in test rider Alvaro Bautista trialled a seat modification as he went 16th-fastest.

Franco Morbidelli put his Petronas Yamaha sixth while Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins rounded out the top 10.

Pol Espargaro was again 15th and again fastest of the KTMs, while Andrea Iannone was top Aprilia rider in 18th.

Testing is now banned until the next official running, a shakedown at Sepang on February 1-3.

Day 2: Jerez Post-season test

Pos  Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:37.945
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:37.970 0.025/0.025
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:38.066 0.121/0.096
4 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:38.105 0.160/0.039
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:38.109 0.164/0.004
6 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:38.118 0.173/0.009
7 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.207 0.262/0.089
8 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:38.292 0.347/0.085
9 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:38.333 0.388/0.041
10 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:38.522 0.577/0.189
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1:38.596 0.651/0.074
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:38.761 0.816/0.165
13 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:38.876 0.931/0.115
14 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:38.931 0.986/0.055
15 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:39.144 1.199/0.213
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Ducati Test Team Ducati 1:39.338 1.393/0.194
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:39.744 1.799/0.406
18 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:39.826 1.881/0.082
19 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:39.864 1.919/0.038
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:40.156 2.211/0.292
21 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:40.325 2.380/0.169
22 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA SUZUKI Test Team Suzuki 1:40.498 2.553/0.173
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:40.520 2.575/0.022
24 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM 1:40.577 2.632/0.057
25 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1:41.907 3.962/1.330

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