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Misano MotoGP test: Quartararo fastest by half a second

Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo put in a late burst at the end of day two’s MotoGP testing at Misano to finish on top of the timesheets with almost half a second in hand over the chasing pack.

The Frenchman’s last effort this afternoon saw him stick in a 1’31.639 which was the only lap under the 1’32s barrier and enough to head off a challenge from hometown hero Danilo Petrucci with Franco Morbidelli, on the second Petronas M1, in third place.

Monster Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was seen leaving pitlane with what looked like a carbon covered front brake on one of his YZR-M1s. Teammate Maverick Viñales was on track with the double exhaust again today, seemingly doing a comparison with the ‘normal’ Yamaha exhaust. T

The Spaniard was also back to using the usual tail on both of his bikes on Friday as he ended the test P6, just under a second back from Quartararo as ‘The Doctor’ climbed into the top three in the closing stages, only to be displaced by Petrucci’s late time attack.

As well as having two Repsol coloured bikes, Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) HRC test rider Stefan Bradl’s bike at his disposal on Friday as he ended the test P10.

Marquez rode a blacked-out Honda on Thursday and today it was the turn of Bradl to have a go, with Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) also having a black Honda on his side of the garage on Day 2. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was the fastest Honda rider at the Misano Test, the Japanese rider put in his fastest laps towards the end of Day 2 to sit P8 on the timesheets.

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) was the lunchtime leader but he ended his test at midday, the Australian encountering an issue with his number one bike during the morning. The Ducati man was mainly working on his race pace and stability in the high-speed corners, something he says he struggled with a bit at Silverstone last weekend.

Miller said he and the team had found a little bit of direction is this department, which is good news ahead of the Grand Prix weekend. Teammate Francesco Bagnaia was also mainly working on race setup as the rookie had a positive looking test on board his GP18, the duo finishing 5th and 7th respectively.

Both Andrea Dovizioso and Petrucci were out testing with one of their two bikes having the swingarm attachment. In addition, the two Italians were both using the wheel covers on their GP19s, with test rider Michele Pirro displaying a slightly different looking Ducati belly pan. Pirro finished 15th on the timesheets, Dovizioso was 17th.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir finished the test in P11 as the Spaniard continued to get back up to speed following his huge Brno Test crash. “Some new parts”, settings and grip was Mir’s main aim as he ended the test ahead of British GP winner Alex Rins.

Dani Pedrosa got a full day of testing done for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, with the three-time World Champion trying a tail unit that was similar to what Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco used at the opening round of the season, something Pedrosa also used at the Barcelona Test earlier in the year.

KTM confirm they tested things that they think they will use in the coming races as Pedrosa finished as the quickest rider from the Austrian factory. with Espargaro crashing in the morning.

Aleix Espargaro was ninth quickest on his Aprilia Racing Team Gresini bike as the Italian brand continue working towards 2020, with the Spaniard suffering two crashes during the morning session on Day 2. Teammate Andrea Iannone confirmed the team were working more in the direction of next year’s package as the Italian ended the test in P14.

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Combined two-day times

Place Name Team Time Diff Gap Session
1 Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:31.639 Session 4
2 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team 1:32.115 0.476 0.476 Session 4
3 Franco MORBIDELLI Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:32.253 0.614 0.138 Session 4
4 Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:32.389 0.750 0.136 Session 4
5 Jack MILLER Pramac Racing 1:32.405 0.766 0.016 Session 3
6 Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1:32.576 0.937 0.171 Session 4
7 Francesco BAGNAIA Pramac Racing 1:32.607 0.968 0.031 Session 3
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1:32.740 1.101 0.133 Session 4
9 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:32.900 1.261 0.160 Session 3
10 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1:32.905 1.266 0.005 Session 4
11 Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:33.002 1.363 0.097 Session 4
12 Tito RABAT Reale Avintia Racing 1:33.081 1.442 0.079 Session 3
13 Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1:33.120 1.481 0.039 Session 4
14 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:33.253 1.614 0.133 Session 3
15 Michele PIRRO Ducati Test Team 1:33.254 1.615 0.001 Session 3
16 Dani PEDROSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:33.413 1.774 0.159 Session 3
17 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1:33.499 1.860 0.086 Session 3
18 Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:33.523 1.884 0.024 Session 3
19 Johann ZARCO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:33.690 2.051 0.167 Session 2
20 Hafizh SYAHRIN Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:33.955 2.316 0.265 Session 3
21 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL 1:34.089 2.450 0.134 Session 3
22 Stefan BRADL HRC Team 1:34.136 2.497 0.047 Session 3
23 Karel ABRAHAM Reale Avintia Racing 1:34.696 3.057 0.560 Session 1
24 Jorge LORENZO Repsol Honda Team 1:35.722 4.083 1.026 Session 1
25 Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1:39.792 8.153 4.070 Session 1

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