Quartararo finishes well clear in Misano MotoGP test
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
|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|