2020 MotoGP Valencia Testing.Quartararo headsYamaha trio after Day 1With plenty of new ridersand motorcycles to keep aneye on, this was the startof the 2020 season and thefirst opportunity to see newparts featured across themanufacturers. Ending theday on top of the pile, FabioQuartararo was just aheadof Maverick Viñales, whilstFranco Morbidelli made it aYamaha 1-2-3.After a phenomenal rookieseason, Fabio Quartararo set76 laps on his way to the topof the timesheets, but it wasn’twithout drama. Testing a newcarbon swingarm along withchassis parts, Quartararocrashed at speed at theinfamous Turn 10. Shaken butnot stirred and only sufferingfrom dull rib injuries, he wasback on track for the final hourbefore ending the day on top.Also testing new parts fromYamaha was Franco Morbidelli,who completed a Yamaha1-2-3 and spent most of the dayinside the top five.Splitting the two PetronasYamaha SRT machines wasMaverick Viñales, who spentmost of the day on the 2020bike, after completing a firstrun on the 2019 machine.Viñales was frequentingthe top of the timesheetsthroughout the opening day oftesting for 2020, finishing justover a tenth-and-a-half behindQuartararo. Valentino Rossicompleted a solid day of workand was inside the top tenthroughout. The 40-year-oldItalian, along with Viñales, wastesting the 2020 bike whichfeatured a new air intake and athird evolution of 2020 engineand finished ninth overall.Over at the Ducati Team, DaniloPetrucci was testing a brandnewchassis ahead of 2020,before calling it a day early onafter a shoulder injury pickedup during the race weekend.For Andrea Dovizioso, it wasa productive day as he led theMaverick Vinales withhis new Aero fairing.fight to Yamaha. Like Petrucci, hewas testing the new bike whichfeatured a new chassis, as wellas new parts for the engine andelectronics. Between them, thepair racked up more than 70 lapsto garner valuable data to takeforward in their developmentfor the new season. At PramacRacing, Jack Miller was alsotrying new parts and completed43 laps on his way to completingthe top ten. Francesco Bagnaiais absent from the test after hisbroken wrist from Saturday, butpresent was Michele Pirro, whofinished the day in 18th as heleads the development for 2020.After an eventful weekend forthe Repsol Honda Team, thedrama continued in the secondhalf of the day. With a little underfour hours to go, Marc Marquezcrashed his 2020 bike on theout-lap at Turn 13. Setting hisfastest lap on his 33rd out of 56,the eight-time World Championwas fifth overall on the bikethat he had already tested onat Misano. New teammate andbrother Alex Marquez finished23rd on his full-time debut,recovering well from his crashin the first half of the day. StefanBradl finished 22nd on anotherchassis, different to that ofMarquez’. Cal Crutchlow was 11thas he continued to test the new2020-spec machine.A new engine helped Suzukito climb the top speed chartsin the afternoon, although atechnical problem for Joan Mirhalted the Spaniard’s progress.Mir was top Suzuki after day onein sixth place, whilst teammateAlex Rins was just a tenth-anda-halfbehind in seventh. BothSuzuki riders set a strong pacethroughout the day.It was a positive first day of 2020for KTM, who were sportinga completely new chassis.Constructed differently butremaining tubular and steel,Pol Espargaro made it fivemanufacturers inside the topeight. Espargaro set 58 lapsand achieved his fastest exactlyhalfway through. His newteammate Brad Binder was 21stand continued his adaptation toMotoGP. Test rider Dani Pedrosawas 17th as he worked awaywhilst Mika Kallio didn’t taketo the circuit. Iker Lecuona wassensational at the end of day oneat the Valencia Test, up in 13thplace and less than a secondand-a-halfoff the top slot.Whilst there was no new bikefor Aprilia, Andrea Iannone was14th and just over a secondand-a-halffrom the best time.Two places further back wasteammate Aleix Espargaro,whilst test rider Bradley Smithwas up 20th and within twoseconds of Quartararo at thetop. Smith suffered a nastycrash at Turn 9 earlier in the day,bringing out the red flags butthe hard-working Brit was soonback out on track and was thelast rider to return to the pits atthe end of the day.Viñales fastest to turnthe tables on Day 2Maverick Viñales topped Day 2and it was once again a Yamaha1-2-3, with the trio at the topwithin three tenths. Viñaleswas the only rider in the 1:29s –true of Fabio Quartararo at theweekend – and the number 12narrowly beat the Frenchman’spole time on the Wednesday.Quartararo was 0.164 in arrears,with Franco Morbidelli within0.265 of the top. Honda’s CalCrutchlow was the only otherman within half a second…Viñales fastest was set on the‘new’ bike – with a differentchassis and new engine – andthe Spaniard put in 67 laps onthe final day of testing, toppingthe timesheets with his 56th.Teammate Valentino RossiPic by GP Fever.de
Marc Marquez with the new‘Hammer Head’ aero packageahead of his brother and newteam-mate Alex Marquez.was once again ninth, and‘The Doctor’ did 68 laps on theWednesday. He was within0.968 of the top and suffereda mechanical problem in theafternoon, but got back out.Quartararo and Morbidelli,meanwhile, didn’t say muchabout what they were workingon – “some small things” andthe Frenchman said it was morea day of riding than testing asyet. For a man only just startinghis second season, the 64laps were doubtlessly useful,however, and Morbidelli addedanother 52 to the team’s count.For Crutchlow it was amammoth day of work. The Britheaded out on the ‘2020’ bike,suffered a crash but managedto prove Yamaha’s closestcompetitor on the timesheetsand improve his laptime fromthe weekend after 73 laps.Speaking of the number 73,Alex Marquez, on the other sideof the LCR Honda garage, wasthe only man to do more laps.The rookie did 79 on his secondday as an HRC MotoGP rider,shaving six tenths off his timefrom Tuesday.Reigning Champion MarcMarquez made some moreHonda headlines, however.The number 93 premiered theaero seen on Crutchlow the daybefore, with the all-black Hondabreaking cover bearing a 93 inthe afternoon, and he ended theday in seventh after 71 laps. Healso suffered a failed getawayearlier in the day, and histeammate for the test – in thegarage at least – also sufferedan issue on the Wednesday asStefan Bradl ground to a halt.Nevertheless the German wasable to complete 53 laps by theend of play.Team Suzuki Ecstar were fifthand sixth on Wednesday. Thenew engine previously havingbeen put through its paces bytest rider Sylvain Guintoli wasa big focus for the Hamamatsufactory as they look for a stepforward in terms of outrightspeed, and Joan Mir was thequickest Suzuki on Day 2. Heput in a 1:30.427 and did 61 laps,teammate Alex Rins was just0.076 off and did 47 laps. Theyplan to continue testing theThe new 2020 KTM chassislooking good with Pol...engine at the Jerez test.KTM stole a few headlines onDay 2. For their speed – PolEspargaro’s impressive showingand that of Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona – and they hadthe new kids on the block, BradBinder and Lecuona, taking sometips from the veterans. But therewere also a few crashes, witheach of the three racers all goingdown. Espargaro first, Lecuonalater and Binder even later inthe day. Espargaro’s crash,however, led to his fastest lapas he was then forced to switchbike to another new chassis –and found immediate positives.He was eighth and did 46 laps,Pedrosa 14th after 48 laps andLecuona just 0.045 off the threetimeWorld Champion by theend of play. Binder did 66 lapson Day 2.The Ducati Team’s AndreaDovizioso, meanwhile, wasfocused on gathering moreinformation on what theytested on Day 1, one big thingof note being a new chassis.Some sensors were spotted onthe rear of the Borgo Panigalemachine too on the Wednesday,and the ‘salad box’ was back.Danilo Petrucci, however, wasnot back. The Italian remainedsidelined by his bothersomeshoulder, although MichelePirro was once again on trackto put the laps in – 40 ofthem – and Jack Miller was allaction stations too. The Aussieexplained he’d been doingback to back comparisons withthe first version of the 2020machines because the number09 was ruled out. Miller wasfastest Ducati in 10th, justahead of Dovizioso. Tito Rabatwas 12th, ahead of Pirro.For Aprilia, it was another dayof track action working withtheir 2019 machines. AleixEspargaro was 16th after 43laps, Aprilia Racing Team Gresiniteammate Andrea Iannone in19th. Espargaro crashed at thefinal corner, and Iannone ran onat Turn 1 with the RS-GP thencatching alight – rider ok. Testrider Bradley Smith was alsoon track and did another 32laps to add to the informationgatheringtally.