Maverick Viñales leads the Jerez test

Maverick Viñales has taken a lot of laps around the Jerez circuit in the MotoGP post-race test with the healthy intention of improving his riding in low-grip conditions and without testing anything for 2021, only focused for the next test at Le Mans. The Yamaha has not only been the one that has given the most laps, 101, but also the fastest to a lap with 1’36 ”879, better than his time in Q2 this Saturday and one tenth of the pole of his teammate Quartararo.

Viñales has preceded Alex Rins (34 thousandths) in the classification and after them Suzuki Joan Mir, already at 0 ”431. After them Nakagami at 0 ”469.

For the Suzuki it has been a journey towards the future since they have retested the first prototype of the 2022 engine that they already premiered in the Losail test prior to the start of the World Championship and the sensations have been good, according to the world champion Mir: “There are no big differences, the engine runs a a bit more and when it comes to braking the bike is going well, it stops on the right line, but I would like more horses (laughs). It is a first prototype and I am happy because they are working well in Japan and pushing to make a fast engine for next year ”. He has also worked on geometries for Le Mans.

The great absentee has been the French Fabio Quartararo who has flown to France to undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis of compartment syndrome in the right arm and decide the plan to follow before the French GP on May 16. In June 2019, Quartararo already underwent surgery before the Catalan GP and if he had to undergo surgery, he would be the third MotoGP rider to suffer and have compartment syndrome surgery this year after Iker Lecuona and Jack Miller.

Marc Márquez and Aleix Espargaró also finished the day early. Marc has made 7 laps in two rounds and has decided to end the day due to the muscular discomfort in his neck due to the crash of FP3 this Saturday.

In the case of Aleix, who also has a compartment syndrome injury to his right arm, he suffered a fall due to the oil trail left by the Viñales Yamaha and finished after only twelve laps. “After the crash in the morning, I was not in perfect shape, so we preferred to abandon the test,” said the Aprilia.

Rins is another of the pilots who will also have a consultation in Barcelona, ​​where appropriate, to have the joint in his right shoulder checked since he has been feeling discomfort since his fall on Saturday. “I have a little pain when braking, similar to last year, but less severe and you have to look for fluid in the joint.”

If the greater grip of this Monday does not mislead them, Valentino Rossi took a step forward to close the gap and get closer to the Top-10 and they have found some solution to improve the rear grip. “I have seen a smile in the box after the test,” he warned at the end of the test.

“We have worked a lot with the front fork, with the set-up, seeking to improve the setup and balance of the bike’s weights to enter the corner stronger and find more grip, trying to adapt the bike to my riding style, I felt much better and I felt faster on the race tire ”, explained ‘Il Dottore’.


1. Maverick Vinales (ESP / Yamaha) 1’36 ”879 (101)

2. Alex Rins (ESP / Suzuki) 1’36 ”913 (59)

3. Joan Mir (ESP / Suzuki) 1’37 ”310 (64)

4. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN / Honda-LCR) 1’37 ”348 (71)

5. Johann Zarco (FRA / Ducati-Pramac) 1’37 ”435 (75)

6. Pol Espargaro (ESP / Honda) 1’37 ”506 (89)

7. Miguel Oliveira (POR / KTM) 1’37 ”508 (72)

8. Luca Marini (ITA / Ducati-Avintia) 1’37 ”559 (66)

9. Franco Morbidelli (ITA / Yamaha-Petronas) 1’37 ”627 (67)

10. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA / Ducati) 1’37 ”690 (40)

11. Brad Binder (RSA / KTM) 1’37 ”698 (66)

12. Valentino Rossi (ITA / Yamaha-Petronas) 1’37 ”700 (73)

13. Enea Bastianini (ITA / Ducati-Avintia) 1’37 ”717 (54)

14. Aleix Espargaro (ESP / Aprilia) 1’37 ”885 (12)

15. Alex Márquez (ESP / Honda-LCR) 1’38 ”170 (75)

16. Marc Márquez (ESP / Honda) 1’38 ”303 (7)

17. Iker Lecuona (ESP / KTM-Tech3) 1’38 ”374 (64)

18. Jack Miller (AUS / Ducati) 1’38 ”455 (44)

19. Danilo Petrucci (ITA / KTM-Tech3) 1’38 ”608 (63)

20. Tito Rabat (ESP / Ducati-Pramac) 1’38 ”826 (65)

21. Lorenzo Savadori (ITA / Aprilia) 1’39 ”024 (54)

Fabio Quartararo did not come out

Pole 2021: Quartararo 1’36 ”755

2021 race record: Quartararo 1’37 ”770

Best lap: Viñales 1’36.584 (FP3 2020)