Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Fabio Quartararo sweeps all three days

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo completes his domiation of the first pre-season MotoGP test in Sepang with the quickest lap on for a third successive day

Fabio Quartararo - Petronas SRT Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo underlined his status as a potential title 2020 MotoGP title contender with a convincing run to the fastest time on all three days of the pre-season test in Malaysia.

Scene of one of six pole positions he achieved in his rookie season last year, Quartararo’s top time on the final day – a 1m 58.349s – was the quickest of all and achieved on the 2020-spec Yamaha M1 he will ride for satellite effort Petronas SRT this year.

Less than a tenth shy of the lap time that gave him pole position in October, it nonetheless demonstrated that Quartararo will continue to be a major threat in 2020 as he seeks his first victories ahead of a move to the Yamaha Factory in 2021.

Though it was the same name atop the timesheets all weekend, the test was nonetheless notable for how close the times were and how varied the competition was with all six manufacturers again inside the top ten on the last day of action. Moreover, just one second split first down to 18th position.

Cal Crutchlow turned in the second quickest as the best representative for Honda with the injured Marc Marquez down in 12th position, while Alex Rins and Pecco Bagnaia ended the test third and fourth.

A big gain on the final day saw Valentino Rossi rise into the top five, ahead of leading Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci, top KTM man Pol Espargaro and the consistently quick Jack Miller. Aleix Espargaro and Joan Mir rounded out the top ten.

Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo made his first official test outing with Yamaha, turning in the 20th fastest lap time but going considerably quicker than he managed during the Malaysian MotoGP qualifying session when he was a Repsol Honda rider.

Sepang MotoGP Testing – RESULTS [Day 3/3]

Official Sepang MotoGP Test - Results [Day 3/3]
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 58.349
2Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 58.431
3Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 58.450
4Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati1m 58.502
5Valentino RossiITAYamaha Factory Racing1m 58.541
6Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 58.606
7Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory1m 58.610
8Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 58.616
9Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Gresini1m 58.694
10Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 58.736
11Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 58.764
12Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 58.772
13Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 58.838
14Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 58.859
15Johann ZarcoFRAAvintia Ducati1m 58.951
16Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 59.042
17Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory1m 59.104
18Maverick VinalesESPYamaha Factory Racing1m 59.169
19Tito RabatESPAvintia Ducati1m 59.549
20Jorge LorenzoESPYamaha Factory Racing1m 59.697
21Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Gresini1m 59.841
22Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda1m 59.860
23Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 59.898
24Sylvain GuintoliFRATeam Suzuki Ecstar2m 00.100
25Mika KallioFINRed Bull KTM Factory2m 00.148
26Yamaha Test Rider 1-Yamaha Factory Racing2m 01.123
27Takuya TsudaJPNTeam Suzuki Ecstar2m 03.674
-Michele PirroITADucati Team-
-Yamaha Test Rider 2-Yamaha Factory Racing-
-Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory-
-Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Gresini-