Quartararo returns from concussion to top first MotoGP Misano test

Lewis Duncan
Autosport
Quartararo returns from concussion to top test
Quartararo returns from concussion to top test

Fresh from suffering a mild concussion in a crash at the British Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo topped the first day of MotoGP testing at Misano by 0.023 seconds.

Quartararo highsided exiting the first corner at the start of last Sunday's Silverstone race, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso launching over the top of the rookie's stricken Petronas SRT Yamaha.

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Despite both having to be taken to hospital afterwards, the pair were at Misano for the first of two days testing ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix in two weeks.

Dovizioso had to pass a medical examination at the circuit on Thursday morning, but was declared fit and took to the track during the afternoon session.

Quartararo set the pace in the morning session as he worked on set-up ahead of the Misano race and led the timesheets with a 1m33.539s lap.

He took over from world championship leader Marc Marquez, who crashed at the Carro Hairpin at Turn 14 early on while testing a new chassis.

Marquez's 1m33.697s put him fifth in the morning session, and he set the pace early on when action resumed after the lunch break with a 1m33.471s, while the sister SRT bike of Franco Morbidelli fell in 0.190s behind.

With 90 minutes remaining, Quartararo once again snatched top spot away from the Honda rider with a 1m32.996s lap, which stood as the benchmark through to the drop of the chequered flag.

Team-mate Morbidelli ended up just 0.023s adrift in second after his 40th and final lap while Marquez completed the top three - 0.203s further back.

Maverick Vinales was first of the works team Yamahas in fourth as he and team-mate Valentino Rossi evaluated the second version of the 2020 prototype M1 first introduced at the post-race Brno test.

He was just 0.025s outside of Marquez's best effort, with Rossi - who was just 0.024s outside of Quartararo's morning session best - jumping up to fifth at the death with a 1m33.296s lap at the end of the session on the second prototype 2020 M1.

KTM's Pol Espargaro was sixth ahead of stablemate Johann Zarco, who will not test tomorrow having focused exclusively on race set-up on Thursday.

Quartararo returns from concussion to top test
Quartararo returns from concussion to top test

Suzuki's Joan Mir an impressive eighth on his return to action following a fast crash at the Brno test which ruled him out of the Austrian and British GPs.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Pramac's Jack Miller rounded out the top 10 from Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Dovizioso, who was 0.858s off the pace having managed a respectable 37 laps in the afternoon.

Silverstone race winner Alex Rins [15th] fell in the morning at Turn 8, while LCR's 18th-placed Cal Crutchlow suffered two crashes on Thursday - one at the same place as Marquez, and another in the afternoon at the tight Rio right-hander.

Tech3's Miguel Oliveira only managed two laps before withdrawing due to ongoing shoulder pain from his tangle with Zarco at Silverstone.

Honda's Jorge Lorenzo also pulled out after the morning to continue his recovery from the back injuries he suffered in June at Assen.

Day one result

Pos

Driver

Team

Car

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Fabio Quartararo

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

1m32.996s

-

47

2

Franco Morbidelli

Petronas Yamaha

Yamaha

1m33.019s

0.023s

40

3

Marc Marquez

Honda

Honda

1m33.222s

0.226s

48

4

Maverick Vinales

Yamaha

Yamaha

1m33.247s

0.251s

44

5

Valentino Rossi

Yamaha

Yamaha

1m33.296s

0.300s

41

6

Pol Espargaro

KTM

KTM

1m33.588s

0.592s

38

7

Johann Zarco

KTM

KTM

1m33.690s

0.694s

22

8

Joan Mir

Suzuki

Suzuki

1m33.763s

0.767s

34

9

Takaaki Nakagami

LCR Honda

Honda

1m33.777s

0.781s

41

10

Jack Miller

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

1m33.802s

0.806s

42

11

Aleix Espargaro

Aprilia

Aprilia

1m33.842s

0.846s

39

12

Andrea Dovizioso

Ducati

Ducati

1m33.854s

0.858s

37

13

Michele Pirro

Ducati

Ducati

1m33.940s

0.944s

30

14

Francesco Bagnaia

Pramac Ducati

Ducati

1m33.945s

0.949s

32

15

Alex Rins

Suzuki

Suzuki

1m34.134s

1.138s

39

16

Tito Rabat

Avintia Ducati

Ducati

1m34.242s

1.246s

74

17

Andrea Iannone

Aprilia

Aprilia

1m34.243s

1.247s

27

18

Cal Crutchlow

LCR Honda

Honda

1m34.411s

1.415s

17

19

Hafizh Syahrin

Tech3 KTM

KTM

1m34.599s

1.603s

40

20

Danilo Petrucci

Ducati

Ducati

1m34.644s

1.648s

38

21

Stefan Bradl

Honda

Honda

1m34.774s

1.778s

23

22

Dani Pedrosa

KTM

KTM

1m34.976s

1.980s

25


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