Ahead of this weekend's Spanish MotoGP season-opener, an Official test is being held at the Jerez circuit today, marking the first time most riders have been on their MotoGP bikes since Qatar in February.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez set the only sub 1m 38s lap of the morning session, knocking Jack Miller from the top of the timesheets in the final five minutes.

The Pramac Ducati rider would then be demoted all the way down to 7th by a flurry of fast laps.

When the chequered flag came out, Suzuki's Alex Rins was closest to Marquez, followed by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (who had spent much of the 90-minutes outside the top ten) and Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro.

The leading 14 riders were covered by less than one-second, with all six manufacturers inside the top eight.

Andrea Dovizioso was riding a motorcycle for the first time since fracturing his collarbone in a motocross accident at the end of June.

This morning's session was held from 10:00-11:30am. The afternoon MotoGP session is scheduled for 14:00-15:30...

Jerez MotoGP test times - Session 1
PosRiderNatTeamTime
1 Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)1m 37.941s
2 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.252s
3 Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.281s
4 Aleix EspargaroSPAFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.344s
5 Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.371s
6 Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.372s
7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.407s
8 Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.485s
9 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.792s
10 Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.851s
11 Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.882s
12 Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.903s
13Maverick VinalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.922s
14 Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.932s
15 Bradley SmithGBRFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+1.001s
16Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.148s
17 Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.198s
18Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.210s
19 Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+1.260s
20 Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+1.308s
21Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.341s
22 Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.618s


*Rookie

Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Fabio Quartararo FRA Yamaha 1m 36.880s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 38.051s (2019)

By Peter McLaren
 

 

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