Ahead of the inaugural Portimao MotoGP round on November 20-22, a two-day test and track familiarisation outing is taking place at the Portuguese circuit on Wednesday and Thursday.

Factory test riders from all six MotoGP manufacturers are present - Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha ), Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki), Stefan Bradl (Honda), Michele Pirro (Ducati), Bradley Smith (Aprilia) and Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) - to gather tyre and set-up data for the season finale.

Lorenzo is making his first test appearance since Sepang in February, but still riding a 2019-spec Yamaha.

Joining the test riders on Wednesday were most of the MotoGP race riders, learning the circuit using street bikes before heading straight to Le Mans for this weekend's French Grand Prix, although only a few had timing transponders fitted:

Joan Mir and Alex Rins (Suzuki), Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha), Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Miguel Oliveira (KTM Tech3), Brad Binder and Pol Espargaro (KTM Factory), Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat (Esponsorama) and Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda).

Since KTM does not have a Superbike in its production range, its riders were using unbranded Superbikes from other manufacturers.

As the only factory still with full Concessions, Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro was able to ride his 2020 RS-GP rather than a road bike.

The Spaniard was fastest in Session 1 with a 1m 40.880s, then improved to a 1m  40.170s in the afternoon, beating the existing WorldSBK lap records.

Team-mate Smith (currently replacing Andrea Iannone) was second quickest (+0.952s). The Englishman will hand over to Savadori tomorrow, but Bradl (replacing Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda) will test on both days before travelling to France.

The track action was divided into two sessions, the first from 9:00-13:00, followed by a lunch break, then the second session from 14:00-17:00...

Portimao MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Session 2)
 RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'40.170s14/23
2Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.952s23/26
3Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+1.556s5/25
4Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP20)+2.019s5/6
5Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+2.119s31/33
6Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+2.166s17/25
7Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (Production Bike)+3.529s41/42
8Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (Production Bike)+4.530s5/17
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (Production Bike)*+4.650s25/29
10Jorge LorenzoSPAYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+4.740s8/18
Portimao MotoGP test times - Wednesday (Session 1)
 RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1'40.880s31/42
2Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP20)+0.774s24/29
3Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.172s37/39
4Stefan BradlGERHonda Test Rider (RC213V)+1.389s38/48
5Sylvain GuintoliFRASuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)+1.474s23/28
6Dani PedrosaSPAKTM Test Rider (RC16)+1.898s43/47
7Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (Production Bike)+3.882s9/16
8Jorge LorenzoSPAYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+5.308s28/31
9Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (Production Bike)+6.150s16/19

*Rookie.

Portimao WorldSBK records:
Best lap:
Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki 1m 40.372s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki 1m 41.272s (2019)

 

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