Quartararo goes half a second under his MotoGP pole position time to end post-GP Jerez test on top

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Fabio Quartararo set a stunning new lap record around Jerez circuit on Monday’s one-day post-Spanish GP test, a 1:36.376 late in the day was 0.418 quicker than anyone else after Cal Crutchlow had set a new lap record shortly before.


Franco Morbidelli put a late flyer in to jump to third, with KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaro 4th.

Quartararo wasn’t testing anything in particular – apart from an internal fork update - as he continued to get more miles under his belt on his Yamaha. He did though go half a second quicker than his pole position time on the old forks. Teammate Morbidelli ended the day with a 1:37.093, the Italian testing Yamaha’s latest aero package that only the factory riders have had access to this season.

Speaking of the factory Yamahas, Maverick Viñales was trying some electronics to help with throttle connection as the Spaniard finished fourth quickest with a 1:37.226. He completed a whopping 94 laps, with teammate Valentino Rossi also working on throttle connection – The Doctor finished 16th.

For Honda, the most notable of the parts they were testing was Marc Marquez heading out of test rider Stefan Bradl’s bike, that particular RC213V boasting the carbon fibre covered chassis. And the reigning World Champion set his best lap time on said bike, a 1:37.260 put the Championship leader in P7.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s aim was to get a better feeling, a new seat was fitted for the five-time World Champion as he put in 91 laps, finishing 9th quickest but ended his day with a crash at Turn 7, this coming after he’d crashed at Turn 6 earlier.

Crutchlow was trying out some clutch electronics to help him to aid his start setup, the British rider completed 78 laps to finish second, with teammate Takaaki Nakagami finishing tenth quickest – the Japanese rider crashing right at the end of the day at Turn 3.

Pol Espargaro had a busy day as KTM tested chassis parts, chassis settings and engine parts, the Spaniard having a productive day at the office with Team Manager Mike Leitner saying they’ll have to wait until Le Mans to see if the parts really make a difference or not. Teammate Johann Zarco was 16th quickest, with the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 machines trying the factory spec ‘cut’ exhaust.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir finished 6th on the times as he tried a new setting that was more suited to his riding style, the Spaniard suffering a crash at Turn 9. Teammate Alex Rins debuted Suzuki’s version of the ‘swingarm attachment’, which he consequently broke as he suffered a run off. The man second in the Championship completed 69 laps and finished 0.896 off Quartararo in 8th.

The fastest Ducati at the test was Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, the Italian finishing 11th quickest with a 1:37.601. Both he and teammate Danilo Petrucci didn’t have anything in particular to try, but the duo was testing big setup changes that Ducati didn’t want to do during the race weekend.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Andrea Iannone attempted to ride on Monday but he was too battered and bruised from Saturday’s crash to complete any flying laps. Aleix Espargaro completed 80 laps as the Spaniard ventured out early to try some new parts for Aprilia. Test rider Bradley Smith also put in the mileage, the British rider completing 82 laps.

Full Result:

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Gap Laps
1 QUARTARARO, Fabio Petronas Yamaha SRT 01:36.4   70 / 73
2 CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 01:36.8 0.418 71 / 78
3 MORBIDELLI, Franco Petronas Yamaha SRT 01:37.1 0.714 81 / 82
4 ESPARGARO, Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 01:37.1 0.735 63 / 63
5 VIÑALES, Maverick Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 01:37.2 0.847 90 / 94
6 MIR, Joan Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 01:37.2 0.854 84 / 85
7 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 01:37.3 0.881 33 / 75
8 RINS, Alex Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 01:37.3 0.896 58 / 69
9 LORENZO, Jorge Repsol Honda Team 01:37.5 1.087 51 / 93
10 NAKAGAMI, Takaaki LCR Honda IDEMITSU 01:37.5 1.089 24 / 63
11 DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Mission Winnow Ducati 01:37.6 1.222 42 / 52
12 BAGNAIA, Francesco Pramac Racing 01:37.7 1.319 35 / 60
13 MILLER, Jack Pramac Racing 01:37.7 1.322 84 / 85
14 PETRUCCI, Danilo Mission Winnow Ducati 01:37.7 1.341 61 / 61
15 ESPARGARO, Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 01:37.8 1.379 40 / 80
16 ZARCO, Johann Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 01:37.9 1.516 71 / 71
17 ROSSI, Valentino Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 01:38.1 1.677 59 / 74
18 RABAT, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 01:38.1 1.682 74 / 79
19 ABRAHAM, Karel Reale Avintia Racing 01:38.1 1.696 67 / 67
20 SMITH, Bradley Aprilia Factory Racing 01:38.1 1.698 19 / 82
21 OLIVEIRA, Miguel Red Bull KTM Tech 3 01:38.6 2.27 73 / 77
22 SYAHRIN, Hafizh Red Bull KTM Tech 3 01:39.1 2.674 53 / 57
23 GUINTOLI, Sylvain Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 01:39.6 3.258 47 / 79
NC IANNONE, Andrea Aprilia Racing Team Gresini      
NC BRADL, Stefan Team HRC