Viñales heads Yamaha one-two in Catalunya post-race test

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales has gone fastest in the Barcelona post-race MotoGP test from satellite Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli, while both factory Honda riders had spills.

Viñales took top spot from Marc Marquez late in the eight-hour day, then reclaimed it on his 98th and final lap after Morbidelli had improved on the Spaniard’s 94th lap time.

In the end, it was the factory Monster Energy Yamaha rider with a 1:38.967s and the Petronas SRT Yamaha rider with a 1:39.014s.

The factory team was testing electronics, while Valentino Rossi also had a new exhaust to try as he finished 14th.

Sunday’s first-time podium finisher, Fabio Quartararo, was fifth on the second SRT Yamaha.

Jorge Lorenzo caused an early red flag when he crashed the Honda with the carbon fibre chassis components at Turn 8 but returned to complete a total of 65 laps.

He was only 17th, while Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez, who also crashed during the test, was third fastest after winning the grand prix a day prior.

On the other Hondas, Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR) was seventh, Cal Crutchlow (Castrol LCR) 10th, and test rider Stefan Bradl (Team HRC) 24th.

Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins was an early pace-setter before ending up in fourth, four positions ahead of team-mate Joan Mir.

Francesco Bagnaia led the way for Ducati in sixth despite a crash, while fellow Pramac Racing rider Jack Miller was ninth.

Factory Mission Winnow Ducati riders Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso were 11th and 12th respectively.

Red Bull Factory KTM Racing’s Johann Zarco edged team-mate Pol Espargaro to top KTM honours as they finished 15th and 16th, while Dani Pedrosa completed his first official test for the Austrian marque at the foot of the 25-rider timesheet.

Aprilia’s best was test rider Bradley Smith in 18th while Aleix Espargaro sat out the day after those two crashed together early in the grand prix.

Meanwhile, Tech 3 E-Racing’s Hector Garzo was fastest on the opening day of the MotoE test in Valencia, with another two days to come.

Racing resumes for MotoGP at the Dutch TT on June 28-30.

Results: Barcelona In-season test

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:38.967 98/98
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:39.014 0.047/0.047 76/78
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:39.257 0.290/0.243 61/80
4 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:39.334 0.367/0.077 72/75
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:39.428 0.461/0.094 55/56
6 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.466 0.499/0.038 54/54
7 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:39.555 0.588/0.089 52/59
8 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:39.670 0.703/0.115 64/67
9 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:39.745 0.778/0.075 59/60
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:39.903 0.936/0.158 34/73
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:39.917 0.950/0.014 31/57
12 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:39.925 0.958/0.008 16/63
13 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:39.938 0.971/0.013 26/75
14 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:39.968 1.001/0.030 58/71
15 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:40.197 1.230/0.229 68/70
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:40.201 1.234/0.004 5/57
17 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:40.357 1.390/0.156 7/65
18 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:40.564 1.597/0.207 87/88
19 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:40.606 1.639/0.042 75/76
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:40.862 1.895/0.256 31/61
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:41.100 2.133/0.238 34/35
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:41.162 2.195/0.062 50/52
23 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:41.243 2.276/0.081 18/69
24 6 Stefan BRADL GER Team HRC Honda 1:41.429 2.462/0.186 75/84
25 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:41.824 2.857/0.395 38/51

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