The opening day of the final 2018 MotoGP test took place at Jerez on Wednesday.

Cal Crutchlow (injured) and Aleix Espargaro (sickness) are the only 2019 race riders not present, while Bradley Smith (Aprilia), Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) and Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) are on track as test riders.

Testing, which took place from 9:30am to 5:30pm, concludes at the Spanish Grand Prix venue on Thursday evening.

Wednesday's testing was interrupted by red-flags at 1pm after an accident for Mir, who was taken to the medical centre for checks after a fast Turn 7 accident. The Suzuki rookie later returned to the track.

New factory Ducati team rider Petrucci set the fastest time at the start of the final hour, with team-mate Dovizioso then slotting into second place just before suffering a late fall.

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  1. ^5 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 37.968s [Lap 44/53]
  2. ^1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 38.185s +0.217s [53/53]
  3. ^2 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.348s +0.380s [57/67]
  4. ˅3 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 38.376s +0.408s [55/58]
  5. ˅3 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.517s +0.549s [28/50]
  6. ˅2 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1) 1m 38.659s +0.691s [54/70]
  7. = Jorge Lorenzo ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.749s +0.781s [31/56]
  8. = Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici) 1m 38.816s +0.848s [61/72]
  9. = Alvaro Bautista ESP Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 1m 38.830s +0.862s [36/64]
  10. = Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 38.956s +0.988s [52/52]
  11. = Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 39.008s +1.040s [20/24]
  12. = Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (Desmosedici) 1m 39.097s +1.129s [49/53]
  13. = Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 39.150s +1.182s [29/87]
  14. = Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici)* 1m 39.157s +1.189s [50/51]
  15. ^2 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 39.241s +1.273s [48/58]
  16. ˅1 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT (YZR-M1)* 1m 39.414s +1.446s [59/59]
  17. ˅1 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 39.564s +1.596s [28/50]
  18. ^2 Bradley Smith GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 40.174s +2.206s [64/69]
  19. ˅1 Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 40.192s +2.224s [45/56]
  20. ˅1 Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia (Desmosedici) 1m 40.438s +2.470s [29/43]
  21. = Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1m 40.630s +2.662s [38/51]
  22. = Sylvain Guintoli FRA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 40.743s +2.775s [31/48]
  23. = Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1m 41.699s +3.731s [57/61]
  24. = Matteo Baiocco ITA Aprilia Test Rider (RS-GP) 1m 42.766s +4.798s [44/49]

* Rookie
Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions

Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Cal Crutchlow GBR Honda 1m 37.653s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 38.735s (2015)

By Peter McLaren

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