Jerez MotoGP: Marquez tops warm-up despite more Honda problems

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez set the pace in the Sunday morning warm-up at Jerez despite Honda's streak of mechanical problems continuing on his bike.

Jerez MotoGP: Marquez tops warm-up despite more Honda problems

Marquez lost drive in his bike on the exit of the final corner of his first lap, and fell off the RC213V as he tried to duck into the pits instead of going onto the main straight.

But Marquez quickly refired his bike and reached his garage, re-entering the track on his second Honda a few minutes later.

Though he nearly crashed that one as well following a big rear tyre slide at Turn 2, Marquez took the lead from Franco Morbidelli with five minutes on the clock.

At a time the rest of the field could not go below the 1m38s barrier, Marquez did a 1m37.776s and then a 1m37.595s in quick succession.

Maverick Vinales eventually did a 1m37.9s before the session ended but Marquez still comfortably topped the warm-up, with a gap of 0.341s.

Suzuki's Joan Mir grabbed third after the chequered flag fell, demoting Franco Morbidelli, who had led for a few minutes before Marquez took over.

LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami was fifth followed by Aleix Espargaro - whose Aprilia teammate Andrea Iannone withdrew from the Spanish GP following a Saturday crash - but the Spaniard set his best time with a soft rear tyre.

Pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo was seventh, narrowly outpacing Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci, whose teammate Andrea Dovizioso was beaten to ninth place by Cal Crutchlow.

Jorge Lorenzo led in the early stages but ended up 11th, ahead of top KTM Pol Espargaro, as Valentino Rossi continued his underwhelming weekend in 15th.

Warm-up results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 10 1'37.595
2 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 12 1'37.936 0.341
3 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 11 1'38.056 0.461
4 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 12 1'38.065 0.470
5 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 12 1'38.119 0.524
6 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 12 1'38.127 0.532
7 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 11 1'38.148 0.553
8 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 12 1'38.172 0.577
9 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 11 1'38.232 0.637
10 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 12 1'38.260 0.665
11 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 12 1'38.262 0.667
12 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 12 1'38.336 0.741
13 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 12 1'38.484 0.889
14 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 12 1'38.561 0.966
15 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 11 1'38.565 0.970
16 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 11 1'38.630 1.035
17 United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Aprilia 12 1'38.840 1.245
18 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 12 1'38.842 1.247
19 France Johann Zarco
KTM 9 1'39.134 1.539
20 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 12 1'39.480 1.885
21 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 11 1'39.488 1.893
22 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 7 1'39.665 2.070
23 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 10 1'41.092 3.497
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