Misano MotoGP Test Times: Quartararo Leaves As Fastest As Yamahas Dominate

Fabio Quartararo has topped the timesheets at the Misano MotoGP test, finishing up the test with a final time attack to get within a hundredth of a second of Jorge Lorenzo's Misano pole record from 2018. 

The Frenchman looked to be leading a Yamaha clean sweep, but Danilo Petrucci's time attack on the final lap pushed him into second, ahead of Franco Morbidelli of the Petronas Yamaha team, and factory Monster Energy Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.

Viñales was not quite quick enough to beat Jack Miller's time from this morning, however, the Pramac Ducati rider finishing Friday in fifth. Miller's teammate Pecco Bagnaia ended the test as seventh fastest, ahead of Taka Nakagami on the LCR Honda and Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia, while Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez was tenth fastest. 

The riders all set their fastest time on Friday, except for the riders who did not ride on Friday. Below are the overall times from both sessions on Friday, the times set during the afternoon session, and the combined times over both days of the test.

Friday overall times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:31.639    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:32.115 0.476 0.476
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:32.253 0.614 0.138
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:32.389 0.750 0.136
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 1:32.405 0.766 0.016
6 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha M1 1:32.576 0.937 0.171
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:32.607 0.968 0.031
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:32.740 1.101 0.133
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.900 1.261 0.160
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:32.905 1.266 0.005
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.002 1.363 0.097
12 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:33.081 1.442 0.079
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.120 1.481 0.039
14 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:33.253 1.614 0.133
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP19 1:33.254 1.615 0.001
16 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:33.413 1.774 0.159
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:33.499 1.860 0.086
18 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:33.523 1.884 0.024
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 1:33.955 2.316 0.432
20 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:34.089 2.450 0.134
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:34.136 2.497 0.047

Friday afternoon session times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:31.639    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:32.115 0.476 0.476
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:32.253 0.614 0.138
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:32.389 0.750 0.136
5 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha M1 1:32.576 0.937 0.187
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:32.621 0.982 0.045
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:32.740 1.101 0.119
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:32.905 1.266 0.165
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.002 1.363 0.097
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.120 1.481 0.118
11 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:33.642 2.003 0.522
12 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:33.897 2.258 0.255
13 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:33.988 2.349 0.091
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:34.039 2.400 0.051
15 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:34.172 2.533 0.133
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:34.210 2.571 0.038
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP19 1:34.270 2.631 0.060

Combined times from both days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:31.639    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:32.115 0.476 0.476
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:32.253 0.614 0.138
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:32.389 0.750 0.136
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 1:32.405 0.766 0.016
6 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha M1 1:32.576 0.937 0.171
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:32.607 0.968 0.031
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:32.740 1.101 0.133
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.900 1.261 0.160
10 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:32.905 1.266 0.005
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.002 1.363 0.097
12 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:33.081 1.442 0.079
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:33.120 1.481 0.039
14 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:33.253 1.614 0.133
15 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP19 1:33.254 1.615 0.001
16 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM RC16 1:33.413 1.774 0.159
17 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:33.499 1.860 0.086
18 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:33.523 1.884 0.024
19 5 Johann Zarco KTM RC16 1:33.690 2.051 0.167
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 1:33.955 2.316 0.265
21 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:34.089 2.450 0.134
22 6 Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:34.136 2.497 0.047
23 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 1:34.696 3.057 0.560
24 99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 1:35.722 4.083 1.026
25 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:39.792 8.153 4.070
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They can translate winning testing to winning races. Did Yamaha bring new swinging arms? Composite maybe? 

Total votes: 8

The grip here is not high.

Yamaha is coming to grips with coming to grip. First, the out of ok range rear tire wear came good early this yr. Then, getting the power they DO have down. They are on the edge of the tire longer, so trickier. Engine character, and electronics. They put ALL their focus there, and brought in more/new engineers.

Right now they added the next step, finding mechanical grip assistance. New swingarm, and it is their 1st carbon fiber one.

The riders are already talking about the new engine not having a step up in power they need. True. Also, this (along w pace on our 1st lower grip surface in a bit, where they look right on yhe track) also means that this development course is right on track.

They don't aim to have the motor of the Honda or Duc. Never do, and needn't. However, they better aim to have two good steps up from where their Moto2 and 3/4's bike has been. Looks like this motor is a wee step. But all is well and then some for right now.

Total votes: 14

Back on my pet subject,

I still need to be convinced that Yamaha's greatest issue is not traction/grip.

Yes they may be a few ponies shy but they lose ground from the initial application of throttle and therefore lose ground gradually until the next braking area - the increasing speed appearing to make the gap grow larger when as we all know(except the commentary it seems) the time gap is not changing that much.

 Doesn't the fact that they are ultra competitive on flowing or grippy tracks prove my point?

And therefore when the works bikes are all at sea, particularly Valentino, it is a setup issue more than a massive horsepower deficit.

What about an end of year Dorna sanctioned Dyno session? Wouldn't there be some sandbagging! 

Total votes: 7

So if the Yamaha riders complain about grip, and wheelspin, then that would mean that Yamaha doesn't need to ruin their bike's rideability by chasing more horsepower since the current iteration can't put all the power down it's making anyway?

Total votes: 6

... that getting the lap time is one thing, getting the ability to pass is another.

As proven with the introduction of 4 strokes in 2002 - the 2 strokes could do the lap time, but when you have a straight line advantage getting into a passing position under brakes is a lot easier and lower risk.

This is why both the Honda and Ducati have evolved to be mostly point and shoot.  Focus on power down and braking.  If you can manage to get the same lap time with point and shoot rather than carrying corner speed, your ability to block-pass is much easier, and you execute passes down the straight which is lower risk/easier.

The M1 is and always has been like "a big 2 stroke" compared to the rest of the MotoGP grid.  I think that needs to change.  It doesn't matter how fast you can lap during FP3 or QP, if during the race you're screwed because others can just breeze by down the straight and block your line into the turn.

It means that they need to use the cornering ability/edge grip even more to run a non-optimal line to get a pass.  And what is Yamaha's problem all season?  Edge grip, and putting power down out of corners.  I'd say both of those are a symptom of not being able to square the corners off like the other top tier bikes, and they're trying to put too much power down whilst carrying more lean angle than the Duc or Honda.

Total votes: 2