Injured Marquez tops first day of pre-season testing

Honda's reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez set the pace on the first day of 2019 pre-season testing at Sepang despite not being fully fit.

Injured Marquez tops first day of pre-season testing

Marquez, who is still recovering from surgery to fix his troubled left shoulder, took over the top spot from Alex Rins just short of halfway into the eight-hour session.

He ended his programme for the day soon after with 29 laps completed, opting to rest and prepare for the second day of testing.

Despite this, Marquez's best time of 1m59.621s was never threatened, even as track activity ramped up in the cooler temperatures of the session's final hour.

Suzuki rider Rins settled for the runner-up spot, a quarter of a second behind Marquez and half a tenth up on third-placed Maverick Vinales, leading the way for Yamaha.

Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat broke into the top 10 late on and then snatched a top-four spot in the dying minutes.

He ended the day as top representative for the Bologna marque, narrowly overhauling works team newcomer Danilo Petrucci, who had headed the session before Rins.

Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
1/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT
Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT
2/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Tech 3
Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Tech 3
3/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT
Fabio Quartararo, Petronas Yamaha SRT
4/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Hafizh Syahrin, Red Bull KTM Tech 3
Hafizh Syahrin, Red Bull KTM Tech 3
5/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Pol Espargaro, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
6/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP
7/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Danilo Petrucci, Ducati Team
Danilo Petrucci, Ducati Team
8/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
9/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP
10/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Vinales' Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was sixth, ahead of LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami and the other Ducati factory bike of Andrea Dovizioso.

Honda tester Stefan Bradl, deputising for the injured Jorge Lorenzo in the Repsol Honda team in the Sepang test, took the ninth spot.

Early pace-setter Pol Espargaro crashed on a quick lap in the closing stages of the session, but still finished as the top KTM in 10th, beating new teammate Johann Zarco by over eight tenths.

Zarco, who struggled to get to grips with the RC16 during the post-season last year, had another low-key showing.

He finished 20th, outpaced by the satellite Tech 3 bike of rookie Miguel Oliveira in 16th and KTM tester Mika Kallio in 19th.

Jack Miller, who crashed around the same time as Espargaro, took 11th for Pramac Ducati, ahead of Franco Morbidelli on the Petronas SRT Yamaha.

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, who topped the Sepang shakedown last week, was 13th, while his new stablemate Andrea Iannone had his day disrupted by a crash on his first run.

Cal Crutchlow, returning from the ankle injury that ended his 2018 season early, finished 14th, ahead of top rookie Pecco Bagnaia of Pramac.

Session results

Pos. Rider Team Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1:59.621  
2 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:59.880 0.259
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:59.937 0.316
4 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 1:59.983 0.362
5 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2:00.051 0.430
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:00.054 0.433
7 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 2:00.158 0.537
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:00.197 0.576
9 Stefan Bradl Honda 2:00.214 0.593
10 Pol Espargaro KTM 2:00.313 0.692
11 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati 2:00.383 0.762
12 Franco Morbidelli SRT Yamaha 2:00.460 0.839
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2:00.602 0.981
14 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:00.681 1.060
15 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati 2:00.694 1.073
16 Miguel Oliveira Tech 3 KTM 2:00.902 1.281
17 Yamaha test bike 1 Yamaha 2:00.965 1.344
18 Fabio Quartararo SRT Yamaha 2:00.985 1.364
19 Mika Kallio KTM 2:01.054 1.433
20 Johann Zarco KTM 2:01.121 1.500
21 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 2:01.249 1.628
22 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki 2:01.286 1.665
23 Joan Mir Suzuki 2:01.432 1.811
24 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati 2:01.627 2.006
25 Yamaha test bike 2 Yamaha 2:01.736 2.115
26 Hafizh Syahrin Tech 3 KTM 2:01.853 2.232
shares
comments
Yamaha: Folger wildcards "not in our programme"

Previous article

Yamaha: Folger wildcards "not in our programme"

Next article

Zarco: "Huge" KTM changes won't be ready for Qatar

Zarco: "Huge" KTM changes won't be ready for Qatar
Load comments
Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider Prime

Why Marc Marquez has to reinvent himself as a MotoGP rider

Marc Marquez's romp to victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas led many to believe the 'old' pre-injury Honda rider was close to coming back to his full powers. However, the 'old' Marquez will probably never exist again and instead he'll have to adapt to his new reality to return to title-winning ways in 2022.

MotoGP
Oct 6, 2021
Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result Prime

Why self-preservation was key to Marquez's COTA "dream" result

Marc Marquez scorched to his seventh Circuit of the Americas victory in MotoGP last Sunday with a display reminiscent of his pre-injury form. However, his path to the win across the weekend was in keeping with the current reality of his physical limitations, with self-preservation on Saturday key to his Sunday success

MotoGP
Oct 4, 2021
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021