Quartararo heads trio of Yamahas at the Brno Test

Frenchman, Viñales and Morbidelli top the times as the Iwata factory roll out a 2020 spec M1 in the Czech Republic

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Rookie phenomenon Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) went faster than his Czech GP FP2 time to top the timesheets at the one-day Brno Test. The Frenchman’s 1:55.616 was 0.012 better than second-fastest Maverick Viñales as he and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi got their hands on an early 2020 YZR-M1 prototype, with Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) making it an Iwata factory 1-2-3 on Monday.

One of the main talking points leading up to the Brno Test was Yamaha rolling out the first version of next year’s bike. Rossi was out on a blacked-out YZR-M1 early in the day as he and teammate Viñales got their first taste of what the 2020 bike will be like. In addition, the pairing had a new seat unit to test for their 2019 bikes. The duo were out on track until the chequered flag was waved as ‘The Doctor’ shot up to P6 on his final run, 63 laps were completed by the nine-time Champion with Viñales getting 74 laps under his belt ahead of Austria.

In the Petronas Yamaha SRT box, pacesetter Quartararo tested carbon forks on his M1, the same as the factory team use. Meanwhile, Morbidelli improved his time last in the session to set the third quickest time of the day and got a solid 78 laps under his belt – the same total as Quartararo. The Italian tried a thumb brake which he has already used on some occasions, with his main focus being on settings.

For Czech GP winner and Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), three bikes were at his disposal for the Brno Test. One bike was the one he raced with which has no carbon fibre reinforcing, the second had a small carbon fibre insert near the steering head and the third had a smaller carbon fibre insert. The seven-time Champion also tried a new Honda aero package on one of the RC213Vs, but he did most of his work on his standard bike and as he completed 70 laps, finishing eighth on the times.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) also had three bikes to play with during the test. Similar to Marquez, one was his standard 2019 bike while another had the reinforced carbon chassis. Another had some “test items” on it and, again similar to Marquez, the British rider did most of his work on his standard 2019 package to end the day P5. Teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was mainly focusing on improving his setup, with the Japanese rider doing a Michelin tyre test at the end of the day to work on edge grip.

At Team Suzuki Ecstar, there was a high-speed crash for rookie Joan Mir with just under 45 minutes of the session remaining that brought out the Red Flags. Mir’s GSX-RR ended over the fence and into the forest at Turn 1 and as a precaution, the Spaniard was air-lifted to hospital for further checks. For teammate Alex Rins, continued work with the new aero package we saw across the weekend was his main work, but he also had a small evolution on the chassis and swingarm that he tested in Barcelona. The Spaniard finished fourth fastest having completed 69 laps at Brno, with Mir also completing 69 laps – some while using the aero package for the first time – before his crash to end the test in seventh.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso completed a steady 48 laps on Monday to finish 12th on the times, with the Italian testing a new swingarm for the Bologna factory. Teammate Danilo Petrucci was working on setup as they try to understand why the performance wasn’t quite there at Brno.

In the Pramac Racing box, Czech GP podium finisher Jack Miller confirmed he had been trying a new Ducati chassis during the weekend. The Australian was back to the one he used for the first half of the season for most of Monday’s test, with Miller doing back-to-back runs to confirm the new one was the way forward. Moreover, Miller made progress with the rear shock and he was happy with the new tyres he tested for Michelin. Teammate Francesco Bagnaia was focused on getting more miles under his belt and having found a new setup in FP4 at Brno, the reigning Moto2™ World Champion will hope to take more confidence into Austria. Bagnaia ended the test as the fastest Ducati, placing ninth – 0.632 from Quartararo’s time.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Johann Zarco had a short day to keep his energy levels high for the team’s home race in Austria this weekend, the Frenchman completed the least number of laps of anyone – 31. On the other side of the factory garage, Pol Espargaro circulated 49 times as KTM worked on a little bit of everything: settings, electronics, chassis, aero package and suspension. Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira got the chance to ride a full factory spec machine at Brno, he finished just over a tenth off Espargaro on the timesheets in P14 and P15 respectively.

Aleix Espargaro had a carbon-reinforced chassis to try during the morning hours for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, and in the afternoon the Spaniard tested a new swingarm.

It’s time for a couple of days rest after a busy day at the Czech adrenaline factory before the riders are back on track for FP1 in Austria on Friday.

Top 10:
1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) 1:55.616
2. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.012
3. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 0.139
4. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.221
5. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) + 0.324
6. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 0.399
7. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 0.548
8. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 0.621
9. Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) + 0.632
10. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) + 0.729

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MotoGP Brno: Faultless Marquez dominates for 50th MotoGP win

Author: Aaron Rowles|MotoGP

MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez extended his lead atop the World Championship after a dominant win at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno.

A small shower between the Moto2 race finishing and the MotoGP race meant that the start/finish straight and the first and final corners were soaking wet, but the rest of the circuit was bone dry. This led to a 40-minute delay, however, once they got going, there was no stopping Marquez.

Starting from pole position and the drier side of the track, Marquez got a fantastic start and led from the off. Despite Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso sitting close in behind him, Marquez looked in total control. Sitting approximately a second ahead of Dovizioso for the first half of the race, as tyres started to fall away, Marquez started to pull away by a couple of tenths each lap.

There was a small scare for the World Champion at the downhill turn nine when he nearly lost the front end of his factory RC213V, but the Spaniard continued to pull away, before crossing the line standing on his foot-pegs, arms wide open for his 50th career MotoGP victory.

Behind Marquez it was a return to the podium for Dovizioso who took twenty valuable World Championship points to further consolidate his second place in the World Championship, albeit 63 points behind Marquez.

Jack Miller managed to over-take Alex Rins on the penultimate lap for his second podium of the year, with the Suzuki man settling for fourth, but relieved to see the chequered flag after two costly DNF’s before the summer break.

Cal Crutchlow was fifth on his LCR Honda, a few seconds ahead of the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo, who came home in sixth and seventh respectively. Danilo Petrucci was eighth, with Taka Nakagami and Maverick Vinales rounding out the top ten.

Pol Espargaro ran as high as fifth in the early stages of the race, however he ended up bringing him RC-16 home in eleventh place. Pecco Bagnaia was twelfth, with Miguel Oliveira, front row starter Johann Zarco and Stefan Bradl rounding out the point scorers.

MotoGP Brno: ‘I will race in 2020, no doubt’ – Rossi

Author: MotoGP staff|MotoGP

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi dismissed rumours – mostly peddled by Italian media – that he was so fed up with this season that he would call it a day at Valencia and not race in 2020.

The Monster Yamaha man is contracted until the end of next year and is certain he will honour that deal even though he is currently in the worst slump of his lengthy career.

“It was funny to see all the things that were said, but they are unfounded. I will race this year and also next year, but this was never in doubt,” said Rossi at Brno.

Yamaha will provide Rossi and team-mate Maverick Vinales with a 2020-spec M1 to test at Brno on Monday and while The Doctor is happy with that, he wants to focus on improving this season.

We can’t wait for 2020. We have to concentrate on 2019, because there are still 10 races to go, which is a lot.

“We come from four very difficult races, in which we struggled a lot, especially because we expected to be competitive because last year we were in this part of the championship.

“We need to try and work better, but the summer break helped recharge the batteries and allow us to do better in the second part of the season.

“We want to do better next year, but first we need to think about doing well in the last races.”

MotoGP Brno: ‘I don’t have the touch with the bike’ – Rossi

Author: MotoGP staff|MotoGP

Valentino Rossi will be looking for more answers at this weekend’s Brno MotoGP round after finishing the German race 20s slower than in 2018.

Rossi was mystified at the deficit, saying that he would understand if he was 20s slower than the pack that it might be time to give up, but the margin to his own race time from last season is in the bike, not himself.

“We need to find a way, we need to find our bike. Because if today I am as fast as last year, but I only arrived eighth because the other guys make a step and they are 20 seconds faster, you say ‘maybe it’s over, it’s difficult’,” said Rossi.

“But I’m 20 seconds slower than me last year, not five years ago. And I feel good. I feel concentrated. I feel motivated, but I don’t have the touch with the bike.

We don’t give up, because it’s true that I’m old for sure, but the problem is last year I was already old, also five years ago I was already old.

“But last year is only 12 months and sincerely I don’t feel in my mind that I give up, or that I’m not concentrating, or I don’t have enough motivation to arrive at the race weekend.

“We will have two consecutive GPs where it will be necessary to work well and get the best possible results. It will be an important second half of the season because we need to improve, and we’ll also begin preparing for 2020, starting with Monday’s test.”

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