MotoGP, Test Qatar, day 5: Maverick Viñales commands a Yamaha trio

MotoGP test day in Qatar with a Yamaha trio in the lead. Maverick Viñales precedes Morbidelli and Quartararo, Martín top rookie ahead of Bastianini.

The second day of the second round of MotoGP tests goes to the archive with Maverick Viñales leading the timesheet. The time trial of day-4 is not equalled, but the Yamaha rider approaches, printing the second-best time of the tests in front of Franco Morbidelli, who climbed right up to the end, and his boxing mate Fabio Quartararo, 4th Francesco Bagnaia. Day full of race simulations for a good number of riders (for example Aleix Espargaró or the Ducati Team duo), taking advantage of the excellent conditions found today.

At Honda, we have three of the four riders involved in accidents today. The first for Pol Espargaró, who despite this hitch seems more and more comfortable riding the RCV. After yesterday, Stefan Bradl and Alex Márquez ended up on the ground again. The latter in particular, returning from a high-side, suffered a small fracture in the fourth metatarsal of his right foot. At Yamaha, several starting tests for Maverick Viñales, who had three bikes at his disposal. On one of these stands a new swingarm tested by the testers in the previous days.

Valentino Rossi improved the feeling with the bike, even going under the wall of 1:54 today. For him, there was no lack of chassis tests. Franco Morbidelli instead carried out tests on the fork and electronics. As for KTM, the tester Dani Pedrosa saw himself with a new swingarm and a new exhaust. Set up tests at Ducati, with Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia in particular, also authors of race simulations (for the Italian, with used tires and with the new aerodynamic package). To record a crash without consequences for the rookie Jorge Martín. In Aprilia today Aleix Espargaró is 5th, while we record an accident for rookie Lorenzo Savadori.




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