The first MotoGP Official Test in 2019 has officially come to an end and the rider ranking first is Danilo Petrucci, who performed a great laptime on a standard front tyre (and not with the “mixed” version brought by Michelin). Rookie Francesco Bagnaia finished second, ahead of his team-mate Jack Miller and Andrea Dovizioso. The next test will take place from 23rd to 25th February in Qatar.
RED MONOPOLY – The last day of Malaysian testing was dominated by Ducati. Dovizioso and Petrucci did some race-simulation tries and “Dovi” tested a new chassis. Furthermore, both Italians tested a particular fairing with six winglets, something they’ll test once again in Qatar. Petrucci also suffered a crash while testing such new thing and the same happened to Miller. By contrast, Bagnaia tested a different fairing.
NEW M1 FAIRING – Some further news comes from Yamaha, as Viñales tested a different aerodynamic profile during the last day of Sepang Test. The final decision about its use will be made at Qatar Test. Yamaha dn Ducati are the only manufacturers who tested such new solutions, while Honda and Aprilia haven’t done it yet. About Yamaha, we remark some steps forward done by Petronas Yamaha SRT: Morbidelli reached the top 10, while it’s become definitely clear that Quartararo rides a bike that is pretty the same as Morbidelli’s one.
HONDA AND APRILIA – For what concerns Honda, Marc Márquez has improved his rhythm and some details, despite finishing the test in advance. On the other side, HRC Test Rider Stefan Bradl performed a considerable amount of laps, as his Honda was equipped with the ‘salad box’ on his rear part. For what concerns Aprilia, Aleix Espargaró owns one of the best paces showed during the day, especially on the long distance. The Spaniard represented Aprilia together with Smith, as Iannone gave it up following an infection.
DAY 3 STANDINGS