Maverick Vinales dominates for Yamaha as last 2019 MotoGP test begins

The final test of the 2019 MotoGP season kicks off at Jerez with Maverick Vinales topping the timesheets by 0.7s for Yamaha

Maverick Vinales - Yamaha

Maverick Vinales continued Yamaha’s dominant conclusion to the 2019 MotoGP season with a clear advantage over the opposition on day one of the Jerez MotoGP test.

Continuing to put miles on the 2020 specification Yamaha M1, Vinales – who was quickest at last week’s Valencia test – showed the Iwata manufacturer appears to be fairly advanced with its latest generation model as he put 0.754s between himself and stablemate Fabio Quartararo on the sister Petronas SRT machine.

The Frenchman, who will ride a latest spec Yamaha M1 next season as a reward for his superb rookie campaign, spent the day trialling ‘prototype engine parts’ before switching to the same machine as Vinales when testing resumes in February at Sepang.

Having demonstrated strong form in Valencia, Suzuki was once again up at the sharp end with both Joan Mir and Alex Rins challenging in third and fourth on the new GSX-RR, ahead of Franco Moribdelli on the second of the Petronas Yamahas.

Marc Marquez was sixth best on the Repsol Honda but suffered another crash just before the lunchtime break and needed to be cleared by the medical staff to continue in the afternoon.

Cal Crutchlow followed up his Honda counterpart in seventh place, with Pol Espargaro putting in more impressive lap times on the brand-new KTM RC16 in eighth place.

Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top ten for the factory Ducati team, ahead of Jack Miller and top Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro.

Elsewhere, Valentino Rossi was again the slowest Yamaha rider in 14th position, Alex Marquez put in 70 laps on his official debut as a Repsol Honda rider (he ran under the LCR banner last week) and Eric Granado made his test debut for Avintia Ducati following the news Karel Abraham has been axed from the team to make way for Johann Zarco.

The second and final day of MotoGP testing takes place on Tuesday at Jerez, marking the last 2019 MotoGP outing before attention turns to February’s Sepang MotoGP test.

2019 Jerez MotoGP Test Results [Day 1 – 25 November]

Jerez 2019 MotoGP Test Results - Day 1 [Monday]
1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 37.13168
2Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 37.88568
3Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 38.01256
4Alex RinsSPATeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 38.08969
5Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha SRT1m 38.11775
6Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda Team1m 38.22769
7Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 38.25366
8Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 38.34856
9Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 38.35848
10Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 38.47445
11Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 38.49252
12Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.50053
13Andrea IannoneITAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1m 38.75149
14Valentino RossiITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1m 38.75964
15Tito RabatESPReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 39.10353
16Sylvain GuintoliFRATeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 39.14863
17Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 39.41370
18Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Factory Racing1m 39.55867
19Michele PirroITAPramac Ducati1m 39.65227
20Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech31m 39.93338
21Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1m 39.98067
22Eric GranadoBRAReale Avintia Racing Ducati1m 43.05621
NCDani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Tech3--