Yamahas one-two-three on penultimate day of MotoGP pre-season

Maverick Viñales

Maverick Viñales has led a Yamaha sweep of the top three on the second day of MotoGP’s second and final official pre-season test at Qatar.

Viñales clocked a late 1:53.244s to just beat Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli’s 1:53.323s, with Fabio Quartararo third on a 1:53.398s on the other Monster Energy Yamaha entry.

Francesco Bagnaia ended up fourth while fellow Ducati Lenovo Team rider Jack Miller still holds the fastest lap on the combined timesheets despite being 11th-fastest on the day.

Bagnaia set his personal best, a 1:53.444s, with a little under two hours left, before completing a race simulation with Ducati’s new aero fairing.

That time was good enough to put the Italian on top, until Quartararo knocked him off inside the final half-hour.

Viñales, who had three M1s at his disposal, put in an even later flyer to usurp his new team-mate, while SRT’s Valentino Rossi finished eighth with his fastest lap of pre-season so far, a 1:53.993s.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) wound up fifth on a 1:53.640s, from Suzuki Ecstar duo Joan Mir and Alex Rins.

Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco rode his Ducati to ninth-fastest and an unofficial top speed record of 357.69km/h, while Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) rounded out the top 10.

Fresh off an unofficial lap record on the day prior, Miller was off the pace but had focused on race runs, one of which spanned 21 complete laps.

Stefan Bradl shook off neck soreness from a crash 24 hours earlier to notch up 45 laps, during which he tried out a new fairing for Honda, and put #6 into 13th on the timesheet.

The German did crash again, and Pol Espargaro had his first spill for Repsol Honda, but worse befell the man whom the latter replaced at the factory team, Alex Marquez.

The latter, 17th-quickest on the day, suffered a small metacarpal fracture in his right foot in a Turn 9 highside on his Castrol LCR Honda.

Others to crash were Aleix Espargaro, fellow Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori, Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM), and Jorge Martin, although they were all OK.

The latter was also top rookie in 14th position on his Pramac Ducati, while Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder was best of the Austrian factory’s riders with a 1:54.691s which left him 16th.

The final day of official pre-season testing kicks off late tonight (AEDT).

Day 2: Losail Official Test 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Gap 1st/Prev
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:53.244 58/58  
2 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:53.323 62/62 0.079/0.079
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:53.398 48/52 0.154/0.075
4 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:53.444 37/53 0.200/0.046
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:53.640 42/56 0.396/0.196
6 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:53.827 19/37 0.583/0.187
7 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:53.860 43/44 0.616/0.033
8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:53.993 38/52 0.749/0.133
9 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:54.056 53/71 0.812/0.063
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:54.103 22/65 0.859/0.047
11 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:54.347 58/58 1.103/0.244
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:54.348 52/52 1.104/0.001
13 6 Stefan BRADL GER Honda Test Team Honda 1:54.427 32/45 1.183/0.079
14 89 Jorge MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:54.483 29/42 1.239/0.056
15 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1:54.505 22/38 1.261/0.022
16 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.691 53/56 1.447/0.186
17 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:54.692 36/36 1.448/0.001
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.735 48/48 1.491/0.043
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:54.895 49/49 1.651/0.160
20 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1:55.022 24/53 1.778/0.127
21 81 Yamaha TEST1   Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:55.080 38/40 1.836/0.058
22 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:55.195 24/40 1.951/0.115
23 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:55.754 25/40 2.510/0.559
24 83 Yamaha TEST3   Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:55.831 11/12 2.587/0.077
25 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:56.006 41/57 2.762/0.175
26 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.706 29/29 3.462/0.700
27 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1:56.732 24/24 3.488/0.026
28 82 Yamaha TEST2   Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1:57.409 34/53 4.165/0.677
29 85 Takuya TSUDA JPN Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:58.437 24/24 5.193/1.028

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