Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez topped the timesheets on the second morning of MotoGP testing at Jerez before rain called a halt to any further dry laps.
The Repsol Honda man set the second fastest time of the test - a 1’37.820 on his third lap - to trail Maverick Vinales overall but did so with a shoulder that he dislocated yesterday.
Marquez will go to Barcelona and immediately get the shoulder - the same one he injured at Sepang but opposite to the shoulder which was operated on previously - diagnosed and a treatment plan drawn up.
Marquez had swiftly got down to business, setting the second fastest time of the test overall - and the quickest of the day - on his third flying lap. The number 93 retained three bikes in the garage as on day one, and the partial dislocation of his right shoulder suffered on Monday didn’t seem to be affecting him out on track but Marquez then announced he has elected to have surgery as a preventative measure after medical consultation.
The operation will be similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018. Rookie Alex Marquez was 17th, and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) 13th on Tuesday - although the Brit put in limited laps.
Limited laps was true for many and definitely for Mir, who did only 12 laps to end the day in third, with Rins putting in twice that and turning the tables on his teammate. Test rider Sylvain Guintoli did 14 laps for the Hamamatsu factory, but the Suzuki Ecstar camp seem very pleased with their early 2020 progress with the new engine. “Back-to-back” testing with 2019 and 2020 parts was key for Team Manager Davide Brivio, and all three riders improved their laptime on Tuesday morning.
Yamaha ended Tuesday in fourth with Maverick Viñales - although the number 12 remains fastest overall - and he put in 15 laps. Across the two days, Yamaha duo Viñales and Valentino Rossi continued testing the 2020 YZR-M1, with both having one 2020 – with a slightly different fuel tank - and one 2019 M1 in their garage.
Yesterday, Rossi did a lot of his running with a carbon swingarm. However, that wasn’t the case on today with the number 46 running an aluminium swingarm on both of his bikes. Viñales seemed content using the aluminium swingarm for most of the test, with both riders saying small steps have been made with the 2020 engine. Rossi ended Tuesday in 10th, half a second off the top after 33 laps - more laps than most.
Over at Petronas Yamaha, Quartararo was fifth on Tuesday and teammate Franco Morbidelli seventh. They confirmed they had been trying “a 2020 prototype” Yamaha engine specification in Jerez. The carbon swingarm didn’t appear today for the duo, but it was a solid looking test for both.
Sixth fastest Andrea Dovizioso and 12th-placed Danilo Petrucci continued to work on Ducati’s new chassis on both days in Jerez, with both riders confirming it’s a step in the right direction. Today, test rider Michele Pirro was seen using a new aero piece on the front wheel too. Jack Miller and Pramac Racing, meanwhile, completed just four laps as the rain saw them pack up early for the winter, but the Australian finished P8 on the day and combined standings after improving his time on Tuesday, the last rider within a second of Viñales’ overall best.
At Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Dani Pedrosa was back out on track after missing yesterday through illness and he did 11 laps. Pol Espargaro, fastest KTM in ninth, continued to lap with a new RC16 with the orange chassis. There was also a new fairing and new aero setup on display across the two days as Espargaro seems pleased with the Austrian factory’s progress.
Binder was lapping on the ‘old’ bike and did a good amount of laps before the rain came on Tuesday morning, and as aforementioned the South African also headed out in the wet. Lecuona was also still on the ‘old’ bike as both rookies’ aim was to get more comfortable on the MotoGP™ machine. Lecuona and Binder ended the test 20th and 22nd respectively on Tuesday.
Aprilia Aleix Espargaro had a new front wheel cover on Day 2 in Andalucia, an all-in-one piece with the front mudguard, wheel cover and caliper duct. He was 15th after 24 laps. Andrea Iannone, on the other side of the garage, only did four laps on Day 2 but finished eleventh. Test rider Bradley Smith, 21st on Tuesday, completed the most laps of anyone on Day 2 - 43.
Jerez MotoGP test Tuesday times - conditions dry
1 P MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:37.820 3 / 14 Pit In
2 P RINS, Alex Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:37.837 0.017 0.017 3 / 24 Pit In
3 P MIR, Joan Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:37.959 0.139 0.122 9 / 12 Pit In
4 P VIÑALES, Maverick Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:37.964 0.144 0.005 9 / 15 Pit In
5 P QUARTARARO, Fabio Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:37.973 0.153 0.009 19 / 26 Pit In
6 P DOVIZIOSO, Andrea Ducati Team 1:37.986 0.166 0.013 5 / 5 Pit In
7 P MORBIDELLI, Franco Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:38.100 0.280 0.114 5 / 19 Pit In
8 P MILLER, Jack Pramac Racing 1:38.113 0.293 0.013 3 / 4 Pit In
9 P ESPARGARO, Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:38.211 0.391 0.098 10 / 10 Pit In
10 P ROSSI, Valentino Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:38.352 0.532 0.141 10 / 33 Pit In
11 P IANNONE, Andrea Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:38.442 0.622 0.090 4 / 4 Pit In
12 P PETRUCCI, Danilo Ducati Team 1:38.452 0.632 0.010 3 / 10 Pit In
13 P CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 1:38.674 0.854 0.222 11 / 14 Pit In
14 P RABAT, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 1:38.813 0.993 0.139 18 / 24 Pit In
15 P ESPARGARO, Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:38.940 1.120 0.127 8 / 24 Pit In
16 P GUINTOLI, Sylvain Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:38.962 1.142 0.022 5 / 14 Pit In
17 P MARQUEZ, Alex Repsol Honda Team 1:39.224 1.404 0.262 4 / 36 Pit In
18 P PEDROSA, Dani Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:39.594 1.774 0.370 11 / 11 Pit In
19 P PIRRO, Michele Pramac Racing 1:39.845 2.025 0.251 2 / 15 Pit In
20 P LECUONA, Iker Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:39.880 2.060 0.035 7 / 26 Pit In
21 P SMITH, Bradley Aprilia Factory Racing 1:39.884 2.064 0.004 4 / 43 Pit In
22 P BINDER, Brad Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:39.943 2.123 0.059 12 / 35 Pit In
23 P GRANADO, Eric Reale Avintia Racing 1:49.921 12.101 9.978 2 / 3 Pit In