Nakagami heads Marquez on final test day of 2018

LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami topped the final day of MotoGP testing of 2018 at Jerez, edging out Honda stablemate Marc Marquez by just 0.025 seconds.

Nakagami heads Marquez on final test day of 2018

Nakagami, riding injured teammate Cal Crutchlow's old 2018-spec Honda, logged his fastest time of the day with a little over an hour to run, a 1m37.945s, to displace Marquez at the head of the order.

That was a fraction quicker than Wednesday's benchmark, set by factory Ducati man Danilo Petrucci.

Nakagami was at the forefront of a late host of improvements, with Yamaha's Maverick Vinales jumping to third around the same time with a time just 0.121s off the pace.

Jorge Lorenzo made it three Honda riders in the top four with a 1m38.105s shortly after the seven-hour mark.

MotoGP photos:

Petrucci was once again the best of the Ducati runners in fifth, three places ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who despite suffering pain after his Wednesday crash was able to take part in Thursday's running as normal.

Splitting the two factory Ducati runners were Franco Morbidelli on the Petronas SRT Yamaha and another GP19 rider, Pramac's Jack Miller.

Top rookie Francesco Bagnaia on the second Pramac bike and Alex Rins (Suzuki) completed the top 10.

Valentino Rossi was half a second slower than Yamaha teammate Vinales and ended the final day of 2018 running 11th, one place ahead of another rookie, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas).

Pol Espargaro was the quickest of the KTMs in 15th, four places ahead of new teammate Johann Zarco, while Andrea Iannone led the way for Aprilia in 18th.

Iannone's teammate Aleix Espargaro made a brief appearance having sat out most of the test due to illness, but Bradley Smith spent the majority of the day on the #41 machine that was 20th fastest.

No crashes were reported in an incident-free day of running, although Ducati tester Alvaro Bautista did stop on track after running out of fuel.

MotoGP now goes into a two-month winter shutdown, with the first official pre-season test of 2019 taking place at Sepang on 6-8 February, following a shakedown for test riders on 1-3 February.

Session results

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:37.945   66
2 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 1:37.970 0.025 56
3 12 Spain Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:38.066 0.121 78
4 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1:38.105 0.160 65
5 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:38.109 0.164 68
6 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:38.118 0.173 68
7 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 1:38.207 0.262 57
8 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:38.292 0.347 44
9 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:38.333 0.388 50
10 42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 1:38.522 0.577 63
11 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:38.596 0.651 67
12 20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1:38.761 0.816 58
13 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 1:38.876 0.931 60
14 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 1:38.931 0.986 55
15 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 1:39.144 1.199 60
16 19 Spain Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:39.338 1.393 65
17 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 1:39.744 1.799 40
18 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1:39.826 1.881 36
19 5 France Johann Zarco KTM 1:39.864 1.919 64
20 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:40.156 2.211 11
21 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 1:40.325 2.380 59
22 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1:40.498 2.553 65
23 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1:40.520 2.575 54
24 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:40.577 2.632 61
25 15 Italy Matteo Baiocco Aprilia 1:41.907 3.962 48
shares
comments
Gallery: The best images from Jerez testing

Previous article

Gallery: The best images from Jerez testing

Next article

Rossi splits with rider coach Cadalora

Rossi splits with rider coach Cadalora
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Event Jerez November testing
Author Jamie Klein
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021
Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash Prime

Why MotoGP's stewards must revisit Miller and Mir's Losail clash

Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy

MotoGP
Apr 6, 2021
Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP Prime

Why MotoGP’s top gun looks more dangerous at the Doha GP

Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.

MotoGP
Apr 3, 2021
Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue Prime

Why MotoGP’s new Amazon Prime series is long overdue

OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.

MotoGP
Mar 31, 2021
The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack' Prime

The key changes behind the latest 'return of the Mack'

Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?

MotoGP
Mar 29, 2021
Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement Prime

Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.

MotoGP
Mar 20, 2021