Barcelona Test – Quartararo followed by Bagnaia and Zarco

The day after the ninth Grand Prix of the championship, the second post-race test of the season took place in bright sunshine, almost 30°C on the thermometer.

Fabio Quartararo’s best time this morning withstood the onslaught of the competition over the hours and the Frenchman still ended the day’s testing with a time of 1’39.447 in the lead.

Nevertheless, Johann Zarco caught up with his compatriot from the beginning of the afternoon and reduced the gap from 96 to 53 thousandths. Then it was Pecco Bagnaia who threatened the Yamaha rider by just four thousandths of the reference time, but no one could displace the leader of the standings, who won here yesterday.

Aleix Espargaró, leading from the beginning of the day, maintained a time of 1’39″558 that allowed him to claim fourth place, closely followed by his brother Pol. Like them, Jack Miller didn’t improve his morning time and didn’t finish the sixth place.

Behind, we note the progress of Joan Mir, who gained four places, improving his time by almost three tenths. At KTM, the best time was traded between Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira and just as he was back in the lead, the South African fell at the very end of the session. He was trapped at Turn 5, just like Franco Morbidelli an hour and a half earlier.

The return of the rear wing at Aprilia

As a valuable meeting point for the introduction of new features for the second half of the season, this test was used by all brands to evaluate technical developments.

Much attention has been focused on the swingarm at Yamaha, with comparisons between the version offered earlier in the season and the aluminum Evolution used by Quartararo in Sunday’s race. The French ruled that he had none “Nothing really important to test.” Andrea Dovizioso also tested this aluminum swingarm, as well as a fairing previously reserved for the official team.

Suzuki, Ducati and Aprilia have all focused on aero and we’ve seen the reappearance of the rear wing, already seen at the RS GPs at Mugello.

The rear spoiler of the Aprilia

In the Borgo Panigale clan, Johann Zarco and Michele Pirro tested a different chassis than the current racing version. Pecco Bagnaia, but also Jack Miller and Enea Bastianini could benefit from a new fairing, as did Luca Marini, but only for a few laps. The Australian also worked on the height variators, Bastianini on the fork settings.

At KTM, but especially at Honda, we could see a new chassis. In the absence of Marc Márquez and Takaaki Nakagami, the novelties Álex Márquez and Pol Espargaró and the test pilot and official substitute Stefan Bradl were made available for comparisons between three different models. A special mention goes to the LCR driver who was the most active of the day with 96 laps on the clock.

Note that Marco Bezzecchi abandoned his midday tests plagued by pain in his left arm. Álex Rins, who is sidelined with a broken left wrist, attended the day from the Suzuki stand. Takaaki Nakagami has left the intensive care unit where he was under observation following the serious fall he caused early in the race on Sunday. Jorge Martín, meanwhile, underwent wrist surgery and Marc Márquez returned home after the complex surgery that was performed on his arm in the United States last week.

Spain Barcelona test – The ranking at 6 p.m

position pilot motorcycle chrono/gap towers
1 F. Quartararo Jamaica 1’39″447 67
2 P.Bagnaia Ducati +0″004 84
3 J Zarco Ducati +0″053 93
4 A. Espargaro Aprilia +0″111 81
5 S. Espargaro Honda +0″241 88
6 J Miller Ducati +0″295 68
7 Mr Vinales Aprilia +0″333 77
8th F. Morbidelli Jamaica +0″348 78
9 E.Bastianini Ducati +0″397 54
10 F. Di Giannantonio Ducati +0″516 56
11 B. Binder KTM +0″551 66
12 J Mir Suzuki +0″580 72
13 L. Marini Ducati +0″600 62
14 Mr Oliveira KTM +0″641 66
fifteen R Gardner KTM +0″750 76
16 HAS. Marquez Honda +0″888 96
17 S. Bradl Honda +1″027 53
18 Mr Pirro Ducati +1″163 74
19 A. Dovizioso Jamaica +1″180 56
20 D Binder Jamaica +1″299 49
21 Mr Bezzecchi Ducati +1″318 23
22 R. Fernandez KTM +1″697 47

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