Fabio Quartararo has set the pace for the third time in as many days as the Sepang pre-season MotoGP test came to a close.
Several riders held the fastest lap at some point during the first hour of the day, with Quartararo’s 1:58.349s standing up as the benchmark for the remainder of the day.
The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider, who had been given a 2020-spec M1 for the latter two days of the test, finished 0.082s ahead of Castrol LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow.
He and Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins, who ended up third with a 1:58.450s, also set their fastest laps in the opening hour.
Jack Miller was deposed from his status as top Ducati rider by Pramac Racing team-mate Francesco Bagnaia.
There was little more than a tenth in it with the Italian fourth on a 1:58.502s, the Australian eighth on a 1:58.616s, and both crashing at Turn 15.
Fifth went to Valentino Rossi at 0.192s off the pace for Monster Energy Yamaha, Danilo Petrucci was sixth for the Ducati Team, and Red Bull KTM’s Pol Espargaro took seventh.
Aleix Espargaro showed promising long run pace on Gresini Aprilia’s new RS-GP on his way to ninth, while Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir was 10th with a spill at Turn 9.
Marc Marquez also spent time on the floor as he racked up 47 laps and finished 12th with Repsol Honda.
Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha) ended up 13th, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was 14th, and Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda) wound up 16th at 0.693s off the pace.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales finished 18th and the Iwata marque’s test rider, Jorge Lorenzo, 20th.
Viñales completed 83 laps, at least 14 more than any other rider, and was one of three Yamaha pilots who appeared to have a holeshot device, the others being Rossi and tester Katsuyuki Nakasuga.
The next official test takes place at Qatar’s Losail on February 22-24 (local time).
Pre-season testing: Sepang: Day 3
|1||20||Fabio QUARTARARO||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1:58.349||17 / 57|
|2||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||1:58.431||0.082/0.082||14 / 69|
|3||42||Alex RINS||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:58.450||0.101/0.019||13 / 42|
|4||63||Francesco BAGNAIA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:58.502||0.153/0.052||15 / 53|
|5||46||Valentino ROSSI||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:58.541||0.192/0.039||10 / 51|
|6||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:58.606||0.257/0.065||17 / 51|
|7||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:58.610||0.261/0.004||7 / 34|
|8||43||Jack MILLER||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1:58.616||0.267/0.006||13 / 48|
|9||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:58.694||0.345/0.078||5 / 45|
|10||36||Joan MIR||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:58.736||0.387/0.042||13 / 32|
|11||88||Miguel OLIVEIRA||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1:58.764||0.415/0.028||4 / 22|
|12||93||Marc MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:58.772||0.423/0.008||18 / 47|
|13||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1:58.838||0.489/0.066||19 / 58|
|14||04||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati Team||Ducati||1:58.859||0.510/0.021||23 / 51|
|15||5||Johann ZARCO||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:58.951||0.602/0.092||24 / 42|
|16||73||Alex MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:59.042||0.693/0.091||20 / 49|
|17||33||Brad BINDER||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:59.104||0.755/0.062||16 / 45|
|18||12||Maverick VIÑALES||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:59.169||0.820/0.065||30 / 83|
|19||53||Tito RABAT||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1:59.549||1.200/0.380||20 / 59|
|20||99||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||1:59.697||1.348/0.148||16 / 46|
|21||38||Bradley SMITH||Aprilia Factory Racing||Aprilia||1:59.841||1.492/0.144||11 / 60|
|22||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||1:59.860||1.511/0.019||45 / 48|
|23||27||Iker LECUONA||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1:59.898||1.549/0.038||12 / 23|
|24||50||Sylvain GUINTOLI||SUZUKI Test Team||Suzuki||2:00.100||1.751/0.202||9 / 27|
|25||82||Mika KALLIO||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2:00.148||1.799/0.048||19 / 43|
|26||90||Yamaha TEST 1||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||2:01.123||2.774/0.975||45 / 49|
|27||85||Takuya TSUDA||SUZUKI Test Team||Suzuki||2:03.674||5.325/2.551||10 / 16|