Vinales tops Jerez MotoGP test, Quartararo absent

Maverick Vinales topped the post-Spanish Grand Prix MotoGP test day at Jerez on Monday, while Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo was absent due to his physical condition following the race.

The paddock stayed put at Jerez for a day of testing, although Yamaha's Quartararo elected against running due to the arm-pump issue which cost him victory in the race and dropped him to an eventual 13th.

The French rider has returned home for medical consultation to determine the best course of action for his arm ahead of his home round at Le Mans in two weeks' time.

Six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez was also feeling the effects of his heavy FP3 crash on Saturday. The Spaniard, who said after finishing ninth in only his second race back from injury that he felt "destroyed" rode just seven laps on Monday before calling it a day due to pain in his neck.

Aleix Espargaro's running was also limited to 12 laps following the Aprilia rider's early crash at Turn 6, while HRC test rider Stefan Bradl - who made a wildcard appearance in the Spanish GP - was not involved on Monday.

Around the same time Espargaro crashed, Vinales had also stopped on track due to a loss of oil - having just gone top with a 1m37.717s – which caused the session to be briefly halted by a red flag.

Vinales' running wasn't compromised much by his earlier issue however, the Qatar GP winner improving to a 1m37.135s to end the second hour top.

Alex Rins would take over from him to end hour three fastest with a 1m36.913s, as the Suzuki rider – along with teammate Joan Mir – once again tested a 2022 prototype engine, while both Rins and Mir worked on set-up ideas for Le Mans.

It wasn't until just under two hours of the session remained before Rins' time was toppled, Vinales returning to top spot with a 1m36.879s as he worked towards a massive total of 101 laps.

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Vinales' time wouldn't be bettered as most ended their days early, with Rins remaining his nearest challenger 0.034 seconds adrift while Mir completed the top three.

Takaaki Nakagami was top Honda rider on his LCR machine, having tested various new parts – including a new Yamaha-style aerodynamic fairing.

Johann Zarco was fifth on the Pramac Ducati ahead of Honda's Pol Espargaro, who crashed twice on Monday.

The top 10 was completed by KTM's Miguel Oliveira, Avintia rookie Luca Marini, Spanish GP podium finisher Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT) and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia.

The Ducati rider's race-winning teammate Jack Miller was 18th behind Tech3's Iker Lecuona, Marc and Alex Marquez (LCR) and Aleix Espargaro.

Pos Driver  Bike Time  Gap  Laps 
Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1'36.879   101
Alex Rins Suzuki 1'36.913 0.034 59
Joan Mir Suzuki 1'37.310 0.431 64
Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'37.348 0.469 71
Johann Zarco Ducati 1'37.435 0.556 75
Pol Espargaro Honda 1'37.506 0.627 89
Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'37.508 0.629 72
Luca Marini Ducati 1'37.559 0.680 66
Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'37.627 0.748 67
10  Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'37.690 0.811 40
11  Brad Binder KTM 1'37.698 0.819 66
12  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'37.700 0.821 73
13  Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'37.717 0.838 54
14  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'37.885 1.006 12
15  Alex Marquez Honda 1'38.170 1.291 75
16  Marc Marquez Honda 1'38.303 1.424 7
17  Iker Lecuona KTM 1'38.374 1.495 64
18  Jack Miller Ducati 1'38.455 1.576 44
19  Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'38.608 1.729 63
20  Tito Rabat Ducati 1'38.826 1.947 65
21  Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'39.024 2.145 54

 

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