Ahead of this weekend's Spanish MotoGP season-opener, Official testing was held at the Jerez circuit on Wednesday, marking the first time most riders have been on their MotoGP bikes since Qatar in February.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez was quickest in the 90-minute morning session, his best lap time of 1m 37.941s remaining unbeaten until the closing stages of the afternoon session, when Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo joined the Honda rider in breaking the 1m 38s barrier.

But Monster Yamaha's Maverick Vinales then leapfrogged them both to finish the day on top, having been just 13th this morning.

The afternoon session was halted for 45-minutes due to an early oil leak from Espargaro's Aprilia, which caused accidents for both Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci at Turn 11. 

The Italian, just 20th fastest in the morning, required a visit the medical centre and was said by the team to be 'okay' despite not returning to the track. Around the same time as the oil spill, there was also a power cut at the circuit, perhaps due to the roasting 50-degree track temperatures.

Opening practice for the Spanish MotoGP will start on Friday morning...

Jerez MotoGP test times - Session 2
Pos RiderNatTeamTime
1^12Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)1m 37.793s
2^3 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.118s
3˅2 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.228s
4˅2 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.524s
5^6 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.587s
6^4 Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.624s
7^10 Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.720s
8˅4 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.756s
9^3 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.799s
10˅1 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.853s
11˅4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.883s
12^7 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.986s
13^8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.223s
14˅8 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.262s
15˅1 Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.270s
16˅13 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+1.509s
17˅1Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.556s
18˅10 Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.571s
19˅1Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.585s
20^2 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.614s
21˅6 Bradley SmithGBRFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.663s
22˅2 Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+2.569s

*Rookie
Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than Session 1.
= Rider is same position as Session 1.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than Session 1.

Fastest Session 1 time:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 37.941s

Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 36.880s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 38.051s (2019)

By Peter McLaren
 

 

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