MotoGP Jerez Test: Marc Marquez tops final day after rain hits
Marc Marquez topped the final day of testing at Jerez after rainfall hampered the field’s progress.
The Repsol Honda rider set his quickest lap-time during his dry morning stint. His 1:37.820, set on his third lap, was the second quickest combined lap-time of the two-day test. Maverick Vinales holds top spot overall after dominating the first day.
MotoGP Jerez Test: The story so far
- Jerez Test day one: Vinales dominates in the morning
- Jerez Test day one: Bad weather and red flags halt play
- Jerez Test day two: Marquez hits the top of the standings
The rain began to fall around lunch time, meaning that nobody was able to improve on the times they set in the morning. A handful of riders, including rookies Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder, did go out for some wet weather testing in the afternoon.
Suzuki impressed once again in the dry conditions, with both riders in the top three. Alex Rins ended the day second, only +0.017s behind Marquez. Joan Mir was third for the second consecutive day, albeit slightly slower than Monday’s session.
Vinales was fourth after only completing 15 laps on the Monster Yamaha. Fabio Quartararo ended the day fifth and also completed some laps in the damp conditions.
Andrea Dovizioso made a significant improvement on the timing sheets to end the day sixth. The Italian improved from a top time of 1:38.474 yesterday, to a 1:37.986 today.
Franco Morbidelli also improved in terms of lap-time but ended the day further down the order. The Petronas Yamaha rider ended the day in seventh, just ahead of Jack Miller.
Pol Espargaro and Valentino Rossi completed the top 10, with the former completing just 10 laps on the KTM.
Andrea Iannone, despite only completing four laps, was the top Aprilia in 11th. Cal Crutchlow was 13th on the LCR Honda, whilst Alex Marquez equalled his 17th place from day one.
Lecuona and Binder ended the day in 20th and 22nd respectively as they continue to adapt to MotoGP machinery.
Dani Pedrosa was able to complete some laps for KTM after overcoming illness.
First published: 12:00pm 26 November 2019 by Josh Close
Marc Marquez has the early advantage on the second day of the Jerez Test after posting the second fastest lap-time of the entire test.
On only his third lap, Marquez posted a 1:37.820 to go top of the timing sheets. Maverick Vinales’ top time from day one was a 1:37.187.
Rain began to fall just after midday and, as a result, all riders returned to their garages.
Prior to the rainfall, Alex Rins was in second spot. The two-time MotoGP race winner is currently +0.017s behind the leader. Joan Mir continues to impress on the second Suzuki bike, and sits just behind his teammate in third.
Vinales and Fabio Quartararo complete the top five as it stands.
First published: 17:57pm 25 November 2019 by Josh Close
Maverick Vinales ended the first day of the Jerez Test on top after dominating proceedings.
The Monster Yamaha rider finished the opening day +0.754s clear of Fabio Quartararo. The Spaniard got the hammer down early, in a session disrupted by rain and red flags. Both Vinales and Quartararo completed 68 laps.
It was a positive day for Suzuki, with Joan Mir and Alex Rins finishing in third and fourth respectively. Franco Morbidelli made it three Yamaha riders inside the top five. The Italian did more laps than anybody else, completing 75 laps on the Petronas bike.
Marc Marquez ended a tricky day in sixth. The eight-time champion was pictured in some discomfort following a crash at turn 13 on the Repsol Honda. Marquez headed to the medical centre but was soon back on the circuit.
Cal Crutchlow was next in seventh spot ahead of Pol Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci. Andrea Dovizioso completed the top 10 on the second factory Ducati bike.
Jack Miller was just outside of the top 10 on the Pramac Ducati, ahead of the Aprilia duo of Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone.
Valentino Rossi was 14th after completing 64 laps on the factory Yamaha. The nine-time champion was using the same chassis as Vinales, however he was unable to match the pace of his teammate
Alex Marquez continued to learn and adapt to a MotoGP bike, finishing the day in 17th spot. The 2019 Moto2 champion completed 70 laps, posting a personal best time of 1:39.413.
Fellow rookie Iker Lecuona ended the day in 20th after suffering a huge crash at turn four. The Tech 3 KTM rider lost the front and hit the deck hard. Fortunately, Lecuona has confirmed that he is okay following the crash.
Brad Binder was just behind Lecuona in 21st whilst working on the 2019-spec KTM.
All of the riders and teams will be hoping that the weather improves for the second and final day at Jerez.
First published: 12:19pm 25 November 2019 by Josh Close
Maverick Vinales has a comfortable lead heading into the afternoon at the Jerez Test.
The Spaniard, continuing his impressive form, has a +0.700s advanatge over Fabio Quartararo. Vinales has completed 39 laps so far, posting his quickest time, a 1:37.187, on lap 30. The Suzuki duo of Joan Mir and Alex Rins have moved up to third and fourth respectively in the last half hour.
Franco Morbidelli completes the top five on the second Petronas Yamaha bike. Reigning champion Marc Marquez currently sits in sixth spot, just over a second behind Vinales.
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