Quartararo finishes well clear in Misano MotoGP test

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas SRT Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo topped the second and final day of the Misano MotoGP test by a much greater margin than he did on the first.

The Frenchman pipped team-mate Franco Morbidelli the day before but ended the test with an advantage of almost half a second over the next best, namely Danilo Petrucci of Mission Winnow Ducati.

Jack Miller had set the pace in Friday’s morning session with a 1:32.405s, putting him two tenths ahead of Pramac Ducati team-mate Francesco Bagnaia on a GP18.

Despite sitting out the afternoon session due to a problem with his number one bike, the Queenslander’s effort stood up for fifth on the day’s combined timesheet.

It took Quartararo until the final half-hour to knock Miller out of top spot, initially by only three thousandths of a second, before twice improving to move the benchmark to a 1:31.639s.

Quartararo, Petrucci, and Morbidelli set their respective fastest laps right at the end of the day, with 0.476s separating the top two and 0.614s the satellite Yamaha team-mates.

It was another strong day for Yamaha as a whole with Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi fourth at 0.750s off the pace and Maverick Viñales sixth.

Bagnaia was seventh having almost matched his best time from the morning session, while Idemitsu LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami led the way for Honda in eighth, and Gresini Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro was ninth with two crashes in the morning.

Championship leader Marc Marquez rounded out the top 10 at 1.266s off the pace but Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo skipped the day as he continues to recover from fractured vertebrae.

Suzuki Ecstar pair Joan Mir and Alex Rins finished 11th and 13th respectively, while test rider Dani Pedrosa (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was KTM’s best in 16th position.

Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) sat 17th on the timesheet at day’s end.

The MotoGP field will return to Misano for the next grand prix weekend on September 13-15.

Results: Misano In-season Test: Day 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:31.639  
2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:32.115 0.476/0.476
3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:32.253 0.614/0.138
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.389 0.750/0.136
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.405 0.766/0.016
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:32.576 0.937/0.171
7 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:32.607 0.968/0.031
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:32.740 1.101/0.133
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:32.900 1.261/0.160
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:32.905 1.266/0.005
11 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:33.002 1.363/0.097
12 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:33.081 1.442/0.079
13 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:33.120 1.481/0.039
14 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:33.253 1.614/0.133
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1:33.254 1.615/0.001
16 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:33.413 1.774/0.159
17 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:33.499 1.860/0.086
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:33.523 1.884/0.024
19 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:33.955 2.316/0.432
20 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:34.089 2.450/0.134
21 6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Team Honda 1:34.136 2.497/0.047

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