Catalunya MotoGP test: Last-lap Vinales steals top spot - Bikesport News

Catalunya MotoGP test: Last-lap Vinales steals top spot

Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales finished the official Barcelona MotoGP est at the top of the timesheets after setting a 1’38.967 at the end of the play, the Spaniard completing a whopping 98 laps to finish 0.047 faster than second place Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha), with Catalan GP race winner Marc Marquez in third.

Both Viñales and teammate Valentino Rossi weren’t testing anything big in Barcelona, with the team expecting to have some more parts at the Brno test. Rossi headed out with the new exhaust and a finger operated rear brake to finish P14 on the timesheets, 1.001 from Viñales’ time, with Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) working on his starts and testing Michelin’s new tyre compounds – the Frenchman was 5th fastest.

Marquez had three HRC bikes at his disposal for the test: one standard, one with a carbon covered frame and one that looks to be Takaaki Nakagami’s 2018 model. The number 93 completed XX laps on Monday, but it wasn’t all so smooth. Marquez crashed at Turn 4, with teammate Jorge Lorenzo going down at Turn 9. In the LCR Honda garage, Nakagami got to try a 2019-spec RC213V, with Cal Crutchlow having some aerodynamic parts to test for HRC – Lorenzo also circulated with a new aero package.

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Rins was testing an upgrade to Suzuki’s chassis, the same one that test rider Guintoli used throughout the weekend at the Catalan GP. After earning his best premier class finish, Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) wasn’t testing anything in particular, just different settings as he continues to adapt to life in MotoGP™.

Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) was the leading Ducati rider on Monday in Barcelona, the reigning Moto2™ World Champion finishing 6th quickest. Bagnaia did crash, rider ok, with teammate Jack Miller testing a new ‘salad box’ on his GP19 – the Australian completed 60 laps and finished P9.

In the factory Ducati garage, Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) was on track with a carbon reinforced chassis, similar to that of the GP18. Dovi was 12th, with teammate Danilo Petrucci 0.008 faster in 11th.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing had three riders at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with MotoGP™ Legend Dani Pedrosa joining Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco. Pedrosa was testing what looked like a new tail unit, with Zarco finishing as the fastest KTM in P15. Espargaro crashed, rider ok.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini were one rider short after Aleix Espargaro’s crash on Sunday in Barcelona. Teammate Andrea Iannone was seen trying a carbon swingarm, with the Italian and test rider Bradley Smith completing a combined 164 valuable laps for Aprilia.

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