Jerez MotoGP Preseason Test Session 2 Times: Viñales Fastest In Disrupted Session

The second session of the MotoGP test ahead of Jerez proved more eventful than hoped, with a power cut and an oil spill causing the session to be red flagged for nearly an hour. The oil - from Aleix Espargaro's Aprilia, a sign that reliability is still an issue - caused Danilo Petrucci and Alex Marquez to crash. Petrucci was badly banged up, though a medical at the Clinica Mobile turned up nothing permanent. Petrucci was shaken up enough to skip the remainder of the session.

At the end of the second session, two Yamahas led, Maverick Viñales finishing alead of Fabio Quartararo. Marc Marquez ended as third in the second session, and third overall, while the two Suzukis finished fourth and fifth, Alex Rins ahead of Joan Mir. Pecco Bagnaia was the fastest Ducati in the afternoon, finishing just behind Joan Mir, and a tenth ahead of Johann Zarco on the Avintia bike. The Espargaro brothers ended the session in eighth and ninth, Aleix on the Aprilia four hundredths quicker than Pol on the KTM, but putting all six manufacturers in the top nine in the test. Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top ten.

Afternoon times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:37.793    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:37.911 0.118 0.118
3 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:38.021 0.228 0.110
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.317 0.524 0.296
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.380 0.587 0.063
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP20 1:38.417 0.624 0.037
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP19 1:38.513 0.720 0.096
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.549 0.756 0.036
9 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:38.592 0.799 0.043
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:38.646 0.853 0.054
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP20 1:38.676 0.883 0.030
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP20 1:38.779 0.986 0.103
13 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:39.016 1.223 0.237
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:39.055 1.262 0.039
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:39.063 1.270 0.008
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:39.302 1.509 0.239
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:39.364 1.571 0.062
18 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:39.378 1.585 0.014
19 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.456 1.663 0.078
20 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP19 1:39.461 1.668 0.005
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:39.508 1.715 0.047
22 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP20 1:40.362 2.569 0.854

Combined times:

Pos No Rider Bike Session Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 S2 1:37.793    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 S2 1:37.911 0.118 0.118
3 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V S1 1:37.941 0.148 0.030
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR S1 1:38.193 0.400 0.252
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 S1 1:38.222 0.429 0.029
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP S1 1:38.285 0.492 0.063
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V S1 1:38.313 0.520 0.028
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP20 S1 1:38.348 0.555 0.035
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR S2 1:38.380 0.587 0.032
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP20 S2 1:38.417 0.624 0.037
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 S1 1:38.426 0.633 0.009
12 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP19 S2 1:38.513 0.720 0.087
13 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 S2 1:38.592 0.799 0.079
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 S2 1:38.646 0.853 0.054
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP20 S2 1:38.779 0.986 0.133
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V S1 1:38.873 1.080 0.094
17 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP S1 1:38.942 1.149 0.069
18 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 S2 1:39.016 1.223 0.074
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 S1 1:39.089 1.296 0.073
20 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V S1 1:39.151 1.358 0.062
21 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP20 S1 1:39.249 1.456 0.098
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP19 S2 1:39.461 1.668 0.212
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MotoGP Race Lap Record: Marc Marquez, 1:38.051, 2019

MotoGP All Time Lap Record: Fabio Quartararo, 1:36.880, 2019

1st things to stand out at a glance? Marc's immediate gap initial laps, the Aprilia speed, Rins/Rossi/Aleix/Oliveira hit the track running.

Then Mir joins the party, and we may have a step of improvement with the Suzuki bike development. Zarco, wow.

Ahhhhhh, we made it.

"Highlight" 3.5 mins video (pretty basic). The KTM looks to have retained its basic character, good drag race w the Honda. Rins looks confident. No Petrux/A.Marquez crash footage avail. Elsewhere is Aleix smoking, then afterwards his guilty dejected face during cleanup. Not worth finding.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ENRvVQpEUno

P.S. Did you see that race direction is reviewing Aprilia's new rule workaround effort, used today first w Danilo (retribution because he signed Orange?)? And we thought the "tire cooling spoon' was dodgy.

Spy hunter sneaked video from their testing:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ykKgcpT5O7g

;)
(Hope you are ok Petrucci)

So what exactly was the problem with Aleix's Aprilia? It didn't seem as if it was catastrophic failure, but it was definitely smoking. And it put enough oil on the track to cause crashes?