Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Fabio Quartararo back on top as test begin

Petronas SRT Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo picks up from where he left off as official pre-season testing for 2020 MotoGP kicks off at Sepang

Fabio Quartararo - Petronas SRT Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo picked up where he left off from the 2019 MotoGP season as he and Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli kicked off 2020 in style by locking out the top two positions on the first day of testing at Sepang.

A year on from the Frenchman making his debut for what would be a stellar rookie campaign, Quartararo – a pole sitter for the Malaysian MotoGP in October – was back in fine fettle once more as one of only two riders to dip below 1m 59s.

His 1m 58.945s lap was enough to just keep team-mate Morbidelli at bay by less than a tenth, though it was achieved on the 2019 specification M1 rather than the 2020 variant he will ride this season.

Quartararo hit the front midway through the day but a heavy rain shower with just over three hours to go disrupted track action for some time ahead of a busy final hour. Nonetheless, no rider could get close the Petronas SRT riders.

With the top 14 riders covered by just a second, there is also encouragement from the fact all six manufacturers were represented in the top eight.

Alex Rins puts the new-look Suzuki GSX-RR third quickest, ahead of top Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller on the Pramac Ducati. Maverick Vinales was sixth best on the 2020 specification Yamaha M1, with Aleix Espargaro making a strong impression on the new Aprilia RS-GP to end up just ahead of his KTM riding brother Pol Espargaro.

Elsewhere, the Repsol Honda team endured a quiet day with Marc Marquez easing himself into competition with the 12th best time, completing just 37 laps all day. His team-mate and brother Alex Marquez slotted in just behind him in 13th.

Starting what could be his final season in MotoGP, Valentino Rossi was 10th best on the Yamaha, just ahead of top factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso.

The test also marked the first outing for Johann Zarco on Ducati machinery, the Frenchman turning his first laps as an Avintia rider. He set the 19th best time, ahead of KTM rookies Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder.

2020 Sepang MotoGP Testing - RESULTS [Day 1/3]

Official Sepang MotoGP Test - Results [Day 1/3]
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 58.945
2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 58.996
3Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 59.195
4Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 59.234
5Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 59.236
6Maverick VinalesESPYamaha Factory Racing1m 59.367
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Gresini1m 59.427
8Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory1m 59.536
9Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 59.568
10Valentino RossiITAYamaha Factory Racing1m 59.569
11Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 59.666
12Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 59.676
13Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 59.918
14Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 59.939
15Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory2m 00.017
16Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech 32m 00.131
17Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati2m 00.136
18Sylvain GuintoliFRATeam Suzuki Ecstar2m 00.371
19Johann ZarcoFRAAvintia Ducati2m 00.464
20Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech 32m 00.511
21Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory2m 00.519
22Tito RabatESPAvintia Ducati2m 00.750
23Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda2m 00.815
24Yamaha Test Rider 1-Yamaha Factory Racing2m 01.080
25Yamaha Test Rider 2-Yamaha Factory Racing2m 01.744
26Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Gresini2m 03.150
-Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Gresini 
-Michele PirroITADucati Team-
-Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory-
-Takuya TsudaJPNTeam Suzuki Ecstar-
-Yamaha Test Rider 3-Yamaha Factory Racing-