Quartararo crashes, Marquez brothers fall in first day of MotoGP test

Fabio Quartararo topped the first 2020 pre-season MotoGP test in Valencia despite a crash, while new Honda line-up Marc and Alex Marquez wrecked their bikes in falls during the session.

Quartararo set a 1m30.163s late in the afternoon before bringing the session to a halt with a fall at Turn 10, but held onto top spot despite a challenge from Yamaha stablemate Maverick Vinales in the closing stages.

After an hour of the session, just four riders had completed a lap, with KTM’s Pol Espargaro guiding this year’s RC16 to a 1m31.447s ahead of Tech3 counterpart Iker Lecuona.

Honda rookie Alex Marquez – whose one-year deal to join the works team was confirmed on Monday – ventured out on track on Cal Crutchlow’s ’19-spec bike not long afterwards for his first laps on a MotoGP bike since the ’14 Valencia test.

Just 20 minutes into his first run, Marquez crashed at the Turn 10 left-hander and badly damaged the bike.

At the same time, elder brother Marc took over from Espargaro with a 1m31.168s, which he improved to a 1m30.792s to end his first run on the ’19 Honda just 0.002s clear of the field.

With nine minutes remaining of the second hour, the red flag briefly brought the session to a halt, as Aprilia test rider Bradley Smith crashed at Turn 10.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl – who was first out on track on Tuesday morning – demolished the ’20 prototype he was riding at the same corner some 40 minutes later.

Honda’s day would get worse, as Marc Marquez wrecked his only ’20 Honda in a crash at Turn 13 around an hour later on an out-lap – which caused another red flag and left him to complete the day on this year’s bike.

When the session got back underway, Petronas SRT’s Quartararo took over top spot with a 1m30.599s as he – as well as team-mate Franco Morbidelli – put miles on his current bike, albeit with slightly different aerodynamic packages and a carbon fibre swingarm.

Vinales deposed Quartararo at mid-afternoon with a 1m30.593s on the ’20 M1, which featured a new chassis and engine. With 90 minutes left, Quartararo re-assumed top spot with a 1m30.163s, but would crash at Turn 10 moments later and bring out a third red flag.

Vinales cut his advantage down to 0.164s late on, but Quartararo would remain top, while Morbidelli completed an all-Yamaha top three on Tuesday.

Andrea Dovizioso was top Ducati in fourth, having spent the day evaluating a new chassis amongst other ’20 parts. Team-mate Danilo Petrucci only completed 10 laps due to an ongoing shoulder injury and was 12th, while Jack Miller was 10th on a bike largely similar to the one he rode all season.

Marc Marquez was fifth in the end, with Suzuki duo Joan Mir and Alex Rins behind – both trialling a new chassis and the new engine which test rider Sylvain Guintoli first tried in Japan last month.

KTM’s Espargaro was eighth, as he switched his focus to the ’20 RC16, which sported a radically redesigned steel chassis.

He finished ahead of Valentino Rossi on the second works Yamaha. Lecuona was top rookie in 13th, with works KTM counterpart Brad Binder 21st and Alex Marquez 23rd after Honda managed to repair his bike from his earlier crash.


Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m30.163s 82
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 0.164s 66
3 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 0.487s 71
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.502s 58
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.535s 60
6 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 0.648s 63
7 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 0.795s 76
8 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 0.811s 58
9 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.849s 73
10 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.967s 43
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1.020s 69
12 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1.270s 10
13 Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM KTM 1.482s 57
14 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1.511s 54
15 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1.612s 53
16 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1.652s 45
17 Dani Pedrosa Tech3 KTM KTM 1.700s 52
18 Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati Ducati 1.853s 38
19 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1.871s 47
20 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 1.927s 50
21 Brad Binder KTM KTM 2.482s 70
22 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 2.670s 25
23 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Honda 2.710s 53

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