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Quartararo beats lap record by half a second in Jerez testing

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Tuesday 7th May, 2019 - 8:55am

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Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo has topped the Jerez post-race MotoGP test with a lap half a second faster than his record-breaking pole effort two days earlier.

The 20-year-old Frenchman had become the youngest premier class pole-sitter in history when he clocked an all time lap record (as opposed to best race lap) of 1:36.880s in qualifying, before setting a 1:36.379s in the first in-season test of the year.

Cal Crutchlow was the first rider to break into the 1:36s in the test with a 1:36.796s on his penultimate run which ultimately left the Castrol LCR Honda rider second on the timesheets.

Quartararo, however, subsequently reeled out the 1:36.379s, a 1:36.384s, and a 1:36.772s on consecutive laps to reclaim the position which he had held for much of the day.

Franco Morbidelli, who qualified second on Saturday and was quickest for a period of the test, made it Petronas SRT Yamaha riders first and third with a best lap of 1:37.093s on his penultimate flyer.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro was 0.021s slower again in fourth, while the second of the factory riders was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales in fifth with a day’s high 94 laps.

The latter’s team-mate Valentino Rossi ended up back in 17th at 1.677s off the pace.

The Suzuki Ecstar pair of Joan Mir and Alex Rins were sixth and eighth fastest respectively, and test rider Sylvain Guintoli 23rd.

Rins debuted a Ducati-style swingarm winglet but quickly damaged it when he ran off-track.

Jerez race winner and championship leader Marc Marquez was seventh on the timesheet and set his fastest lap on the bike with carbon fibre chassis components that HRC test rider Stefan Bradl raced on the weekend.

Fellow Repsol Honda rider Jorge Lorenzo crashed twice during the day and finished up ninth, a spot ahead of Idemitsu LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami, who also fell.

Ducatis filled the next four positions as Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow, factory) headed Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac), Jack Miller (Pramac), and Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow, factory).

Aleix Espargaro was Gresini Aprilia’s best in 15th, while team-mate Andrea Iannone only had an installation lap to his name after sustaining an ankle injury in Free Practice 4.

Round 5 is the French MotoGP at Le Mans on May 17-19.

Marc Marquez

Results: Jerez In-season test

Pos  Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:36.379 70/73
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:36.797 0.418/0.418 71/78
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:37.093 0.714/0.296 81/82
4 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:37.114 0.735/0.021 63/63
5 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:37.226 0.847/0.112 90/94
6 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:37.233 0.854/0.007 84/85
7 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:37.260 0.881/0.027 33/75
8 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:37.275 0.896/0.015 58/69
9 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:37.466 1.087/0.191 51/93
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:37.468 1.089/0.002 24/63
11 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:37.601 1.222/0.133 42/52
12 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:37.698 1.319/0.097 35/60
13 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:37.701 1.322/0.003 84/85
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:37.720 1.341/0.019 61/61
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:37.758 1.379/0.038 40/80
16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:37.895 1.516/0.137 71/71
17 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:38.056 1.677/0.161 59/74
18 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:38.061 1.682/0.005 74/79
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:38.075 1.696/0.014 67/67
20 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Factory Racing Aprilia 1:38.077 1.698/0.002 19/82
21 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:38.649 2.270/0.572 73/77
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:39.053 2.674/0.404 53/57
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:39.637 3.258/0.584 47/79
NC 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Honda      
NC 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team HRC Aprilia      

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