Petronas Yamaha pole starter Morbidelli fastest from KTM's Espargaro and Honda's Nakagami during warm-up for the Valencia MotoGP.

Mir - who starts the penultimate race with a 37-point lead over Rins and Quartararo, 41-point lead over Vinales and 45-point advantage over Morbidelli and Dovizioso - eighth fastest.

The Suzuki star will be crowned world champion today if he has a title lead of at least 26-points after Sunday's race.

Iker Lecuona hoped to return on Saturday morning after being forced to miss last weekend's round and self-isolate due to a positive Covid test for his brother and assistant, but has also now tested positive.

HRC test rider Bradl is replacing injured reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who won't return until 2021. Team-mate Alex Marquez, who suffered a big highside on Saturday, requiring hospital checks, is due to make a decision about participating in the race after warm-up.

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Valencia MotoGP - Warm-up Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax (km/h)
1Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)1'31.057s6/13317k
2Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.138s3/13324k
3Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.263s13/13323k
4Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.310s9/10329k
5Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.311s13/13331k
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.348s13/13324k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.351s8/13323k
8Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.356s7/12321k
9Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.383s4/11318k
10Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.550s7/13324k
11Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.638s10/12326k
12Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.647s9/12318k
13Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.712s10/13326k
14Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+0.731s11/13331k
15Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.775s3/11320k
16Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.806s4/13323k
17Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.906s5/13323k
18Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.127s11/12326k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.162s10/13324k
20Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.185s8/13324k
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.718s9/13317k

* Rookie.
Official Valencia MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda1m 31.116s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha1m 29.401s (2016)

By Peter McLaren
 

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