In an already condensed schedule, MotoGP is cramming a test in between the two rounds at Misano, to allow the teams and factories to make up for the loss of testing time this season. All of the riders bar Stefan Bradl and Franco Morbidelli are taking to the track, Morbidelli sitting out today's test with a stomach bug.
Pol Espargaro stands atop the timesheets at noon, the KTM rider just shy of the 1'31 bracket. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider leads the two Yamahas who were fastest throughout practice last weekend, Maverick Viñales leading Fabio Quartararo. Viñales expressed concern after the race, saying that the Yamaha is always fast on a track with a lot of grip, as is usually the case at post-race tests where the track is covered in Michelin rubber.
Pramac Ducati's Pecco Bagnaia is fourth quickest, ahead of Suzuki's Joan Mir and the LCR Honda of Takaaki Nakagami.
One of the novelties spotted at the test is on the Yamaha M1. Valentino Rossi has been out with a very long exhaust, a huge difference to the slash cut item which exits just beyond the fairing which the bike normally sports. Sky Italia have posted a photo of the exhaust on their Twitter feed:
— Sky Sport MotoGP (@SkySportMotoGP) September 15, 2020
Times at noon:
|1||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:32.054|
|2||12||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||1:32.319||0.265||0.265|
|3||20||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha M1||1:32.353||0.299||0.034|
|4||63||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati GP20||1:32.393||0.339||0.040|
|5||36||Joan Mir||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:32.411||0.357||0.018|
|6||30||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||1:32.514||0.460||0.103|
|7||88||Miguel Oliveira||KTM RC16||1:32.529||0.475||0.015|
|8||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP20||1:32.582||0.528||0.053|
|9||43||Jack Miller||Ducati GP20||1:32.626||0.572||0.044|
|10||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP20||1:32.821||0.767||0.195|
|11||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:32.847||0.793||0.026|
|12||33||Brad Binder||KTM RC16||1:32.857||0.803||0.010|
|13||73||Alex Márquez||Honda RC213V||1:32.892||0.838||0.035|
|14||5||Johann Zarco||Ducati GP19||1:32.944||0.890||0.052|
|15||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:32.977||0.923||0.033|
|16||53||Tito Rabat||Ducati GP19||1:33.460||1.406||0.483|
|17||38||Bradley Smith||Aprilia RS-GP||1:33.489||1.435||0.029|
|18||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||1:33.510||1.456||0.021|