Marquez quickest as rain cuts testing short for 2019

Marc Marquez topped the final testing timesheets of 2019 in a day where inclement weather meant running at Jerez was extremely limited.

Marquez quickest as rain cuts testing short for 2019

Following a 30-minute delay to the start of proceedings, Avintia’s Tito Rabat emerged from his garage to be first on track, with Petronas SRT’s Fabio Quartararo following the Ducati rider not long after.

Quartararo continued his evaluation of Yamaha’s 2020 engine on Tuesday and was fastest of the handful of runners after the first hour with a 1m39.342s.

This was beaten almost immediately as the second hour began by Marquez, who guided his ’19-spec Honda to a 1m37.820s to end up an eventual 0.017 seconds clear of Suzuki’s Alex Rins.

The track fell silent around 45 minutes after Marquez went to the top of the times as a fine rain began to fall around the circuit.

This soon intensified, leading to over an hour without any track action - and it would ensure Marquez’s laptime would remain the benchmark.

Marquez aggravated a previously partially dislocated right shoulder in a crash on Monday, and will now spend the winter recovering from an operation due to take place on Wednesday in Barcelona.

Several riders, including the rookie crop of Iker Lecuona (Tech3), KTM’s Brad Binder and Alex Marquez (Honda) used the opportunity to gain some experience of riding a MotoGP bike in the wet.

Quartararo, teammate Franco Morbidelli and works Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Monday pace-setter Maverick Vinales also ventured out onto the damp surface to gather some data of the new M1 engine in the wet.

With conditions failing to improve, the entire field had packed up as the session entered its final hour.

Marquez completed just 14 laps and very few on the ’20 prototype, while Rins led Suzuki teammate Joan Mir to round out the top three.

Vinales was fourth-quickest ahead of Quartararo, while Andrea Dovizioso was top Ducati runner in sixth, having managed just five laps on the Desmosedici.

Morbidelli, Pramac’s Jack Miller – who did just four laps – KTM’s Pol Espargaro and Rossi completed the top 10.

For the second day straight, Alex Marquez finished up as top rookie in 17th, beating 20th-placed Lecuona by six tenths, while Binder was 22nd ahead of Avintia Academy rider Eric Granado.

Session results

Pos. # Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'37.820   14
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'37.837 0.017 24
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.959 0.139 12
4 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1'37.964 0.144 15
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'37.973 0.153 26
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'37.986 0.166 5
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'38.100 0.280 19
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.113 0.293 4
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'38.211 0.391 10
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'38.352 0.532 33
11 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'38.442 0.622 4
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'38.452 0.632 10
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'38.674 0.854 14
14 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.813 0.993 24
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'38.940 1.120 24
16 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 1'38.962 1.142 14
17 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'39.224 1.404 36
18 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'39.594 1.774 11
19 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'39.845 2.025 15
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'39.880 2.060 26
21 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'39.884 2.064 43
22 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'39.943 2.123 35
23 15 Eric Granado Ducati 1'49.921 12.101 3
shares
comments
Avintia had to drop Abraham for MotoGP future security

Previous article

Avintia had to drop Abraham for MotoGP future security

Next article

Worried Rossi insists “we need more” from Yamaha engine

Worried Rossi insists “we need more” from Yamaha engine
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021