Vinales tops Misano MotoGP test, Morbidelli absent

The paddock returned to the Misano circuit finest two days after the San Marino GP for the one in-season test of 2020 on yarn of COVID-19-associated restrictions.

San Marino GP plod winner Morbidelli was absent owing to a abdominal upset, while Tech3 elected to bench Iker Lecuona as KTM felt he wasn’t experienced adequate to motivate with vogue work – the Austrian marque now banned from in-season checking out with plod riders after shedding its concessions.

Split across two classes, it was the KTM of Pol Espargaro – who had a new chassis amongst other things to ascertain – who topped the morning time out with a 1m32.054s.

This time stood as the benchmark for quite loads of the relaxation of the day, ahead of Vinales on the factory Yamaha deposed him on the mixed times 15 minutes into the closing hour of the 2nd session.

Vinales fired in a 1m31.532s no longer too long after he crashed going by the left-hander at Flip 6.

Yamaha had essentially the most noticeable change, with the works team rolling out an fabulous new employ for Vinales and Valentino Rossi to are attempting in a direct to enhance rideability and energy.

Rossi and Vinales additionally had a new chassis to are attempting, despite the fact that neither reportedly found it to be great of an enchancment, while additionally working on a new carbon swingarm.

Vinales held onto high space as the 2nd session came to a shut, with LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami trailing him 0.271 seconds adrift.

The Honda rider – who crashed this morning – was given the 2020 bike to are attempting for the first time, while additionally working on bettering his 2019-spec bike over Misano’s vicious bumps after struggling to ninth in the plod.

Johann Zarco done the tip three on his Avintia Ducati, despite the fact that had a unheard of incident at the halt of pitlane with finest over an hour to high-tail – with the Frenchman by some means per chance negative the entrance fairing of his GP19.

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Devoted moments later, teammate Tito Rabat’s engine expired exiting the closing corner, necessitating a speedy crimson flag interval to appear at the song for oil.

Pol Espargaro was fourth, with Alex Rins heading Suzuki teammate Joan Mir in fifth, as both labored on a new swingarm – which neither were massively delighted by.

Francesco Bagnaia only done 26 laps in the first session ahead of calling it a day as to no longer stress his broken leg too great.

The Misano podium finisher felt his bike was even better than on Sunday and headed Andrea Dovizioso, who additionally done the test early, in seventh.

World championship chief Dovizioso struggled across the San Marino GP, nonetheless a host of space-up changes and new formula allowed him to build a step ahead for this weekend’s Emilia Romgana GP.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas SRT) and KTM’s Brad Binder done the tip 10, with Alex Marquez on the works Honda heading Pramac’s Jack Miller – who had a host of technical concerns across the day – and Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira, who crashed in the first session.

Aprilia had a host of updates to are attempting, alongside with a rear holeshot instrument it objectives to build into the on-lap model Ducati has been racing this year.

Aleix Espargaro was 13th, with Bradley Smith 14th. Rossi was 1.4s off the tempo in a low-key 17th on his Yamaha.

The wide majority of the discipline additionally tried the brand new radio warning scheme for the first time, with the initial response in overall certain – despite the fact that some concerns needed to be labored out.

 Pos  Rider Bike  Time   Gap  Laps 
Maverick Viales Yamaha 1’31.532   45
Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1’31.803 0.271 31
Johann Zarco Ducati 1’31.899 0.367 39
Alex Rins Suzuki 1’32.114 0.582 33
Joan Mir Suzuki 1’32.162 0.630 20
Pol Espargaro KTM 1’32.255 0.723 31
Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1’32.336 0.804 56
Brad Binder KTM 1’32.453 0.921 42
Alex Maquez Honda 1’32.480 0.948 41
10  Jack Miller Ducati 1’32.510 0.978 23
11  Miguel Oliveira KTM 1’32.565 1.033 14
12  Bradley Smith Aprilia 1’32.590 1.058 48
13  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1’32.650 1.118 35
14  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1’32.679 1.147 44
15  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1’32.946 1.414 43
16  Tito Rabat Ducati 1’33.306 1.774 34

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