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Marquez tops Brno MotoGP test ahead of Zarco, samples new Honda – MotoGP


Marc Marquez topped MotoGP’s post-Czech Grand Prix test at Brno ahead of Johann Zarco, with the Honda rider trying a new prototype bike during the day.

The majority of the eight-hour test was led by one of the two factory Ducati riders, as Jorge Lorenzo set the early benchmark of 1m55.609s before race winner Andrea Dovizioso went 0.092s quicker two hours later.

Dovizioso remained fastest for nearly three hours until Marquez finally edged ahead, only to then be demoted by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa with just under two hours remaining.

But Marquez fought back with 38 minutes to go to end up topping the test with a time of 1m55.209s. Pedrosa was also edged out by Zarco late-on and had ended up third.

The Ducatis of Dovizioso, focusing on chassis comparison, and Lorenzo eventually ended up fourth and fifth respectively.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who was testing a new front fork, was sixth, as Valentino Rossi took seventh, more than seven tenths off the pace.

Rossi was the sole factory Yamaha rider to take part in the test as Maverick Vinales was rested after having shoulder pain following his crash in Sunday’s race.

Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci was eighth, while the top 10 was completed by Alex Rins, who worked on electronics in the morning and his afternoon plans included testing a 2019 chassis, and Hafizh Syahrin.

Rins’ team-mate Andrea Iannone missed the second half of the day after crashing, but he still finished 11th in the times ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who tested a carbon swingarm and was another rider to fall.

The sole KTM rider – Bradley Smith – was 13th.

Suzuki tester Sylvain Guintoli, running with two broken ribs, completed the day in 19th.

Hiroshi Aoyama, who replaced the injured Stefan Bradl as Honda’s test rider, rounded out the order in 2oth place, 4.1s off the pace.

The Angel Nieto and Avintia Ducati teams did not take part in the test.

Results

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m55.209s 77
2 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 0.133s 71
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 0.190s 52
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.308s 40
5 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 0.400s 45
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.562s 43
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 0.709s 51
8 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 0.730s 34
9 Alex Rins Suzuki 0.777s 62
10 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha 0.823s 65
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 0.902s 26
12 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1.157s 26
13 Bradley Smith KTM 1.357s 68
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 1.413s 18
15 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda 1.488s 30
16 Scott Redding Aprilia 1.646s 50
17 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 1.676s 13
18 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda 1.825s 37
19 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 2.634s 37
20 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 4.125s 43



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