Quartararo pips SRT team-mate Morbidelli on Day 1 of Misano test

Fabio Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo finished narrowly ahead of Petronas SRT Yamaha team-mate Franco Morbidelli on Day 1 of the official MotoGP test at Misano.

Quartararo usurped previous pace-setter Marc Marquez in each of the morning and afternoon sessions to finish the day with a best of 1:32.996s, set with 90 minutes to go.

Morbidelli closed the gap to the Frenchman to just 0.023s on his last of 40 laps at the venue of the upcoming San Marino Grand Prix, leaving Marquez in third with a 1:33.222s.

The Repsol Honda rider had a crash during the day on one of four bikes available to him but was the odd man out in an otherwise all-Yamaha top five by the end of the afternoon.

Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who is still recovering from injury, only went out in the morning session, in which he was 21st fastest.

Monster Energy Yamaha duo Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi each ended up slightly further back as they tested a second version of Yamaha’s 2020 engine.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco were sixth and eighth respectively.

Zarco, who is leaving the team at the end of the season, will not partake in Day 2 having concentrated on race set-ups on Day 1, but test rider Dani Pedrosa is set to see more track time.

Mission Winnow Ducati test rider Danilo Petrucci led the way for the Bologna factory in seventh, Joan Mir returned from injury to be ninth for Suzuki Ecstar, and Idemitsu LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top 10.

Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller was 0.806s off the pace in 11th, two positions ahead of factory counterpart Andrea Dovizioso, who rode in the afternoon session having been passed fit in the morning after his horror crash in last weekend’s British MotoGP.

Alex Rins, who won that race, crashed his Suzuki on his way to 15th for the day, while Castrol LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow went down twice as he ended up 19th.

The test resumes this evening at 1730 AEST.

Results: Misano In-season Test: Day 1

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.996  
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:33.019 0.023/0.023
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:33.222 0.226/0.203
4 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:33.247 0.251/0.025
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:33.296 0.300/0.049
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:33.588 0.592/0.292
7 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1:33.650 0.654/0.062
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:33.690 0.694/0.040
9 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:33.763 0.767/0.073
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:33.777 0.781/0.014
11 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.802 0.806/0.025
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.842 0.846/0.040
13 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:33.854 0.858/0.012
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:33.945 0.949/0.091
15 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:34.003 1.007/0.058
16 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:34.242 1.246/0.239
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:34.243 1.247/0.001
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:34.274 1.278/0.031
19 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:34.411 1.415/0.137
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:34.599 1.603/0.188
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:34.696 1.700/0.097
22 6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Team Honda 1:34.774 1.778/0.078
23 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:34.976 1.980/0.202
24 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:35.722 2.726/0.746
25 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:39.792 6.796/4.070

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