Vinales leads Quartararo on final pre-season test day

Maverick Vinales concluded 2019 MotoGP pre-season testing by setting the fastest time of the week in Qatar, leading a Yamaha 1-2 ahead of satellite rider Fabio Quartararo.

Vinales leads Quartararo on final pre-season test day

Vinales, who topped Saturday's opening day of Qatar running and ended up second on Sunday, move to the head of the times on Monday with a little over two hours remaining of the six-hour session.

His 1m54.208s was good enough to beat Suzuki man Alex Rins' Sunday benchmark by more than three tenths, leaving the factory Yamaha rider 0.233s clear of the field.

Petronas SRT rider Quartararo moved up to second around the same time, continuing his strong recent form to go 0.172s faster than reigning world champion Marc Marquez in third.

Honda rider Marquez was one of several crashers on Monday, falling at Turn 6 in the penultimate hour.

His new factory teammate Jorge Lorenzo also had a late spill at Turn 2, but ended the day only 0.040s behind Marquez in fifth place, a major improvement on his form in the opening two days of the test.

Valentino Rossi split the works Honda pair in fourth, 0.445s slower than Yamaha teammate Vinales.

Franco Morbidelli ensured all four Yamaha riders finished inside the top six, ahead of lead KTM rider Pol Espargaro and Takaaki Nakagami on the best of the LCR Hondas.

Ducati's top representative was Danilo Petrucci in ninth, while Pramac rider Jack Miller rounded out the top 10.

Andrea Dovizioso concluded the test down in 15th place, some four tenths slower than teammate Petrucci and 1.025s off the pace.

After Rins topped Sunday's times, both Suzuki riders ended up outside the top 10 on Monday, with Rins and Joan Mir occupying 11th and 12th places.

Aprilia's efforts were led by new recruit Andrea Iannone in 16th, one place ahead of Cal Crutchlow (LCR).

Johann Zarco's struggles on the KTM continued as he languished down in 22nd place, nearly two seconds off the pace and ahead of only Tech 3's Hafizh Syahrin.

Zarco was another rider to crash on a cool and windy day in Qatar, along with Rins, both LCR riders, Aprilia wildcard Bradley Smith, Miguel Oliveira (Tech 3 KTM), Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) and Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati).

With pre-season testing now complete, the next on-track action will be the opening practice sessions of the 2019 campaign proper in Qatar on March 8, ahead of the season-opening race on March 10.

Testing times, Day 3:

Pos. No.  Driver  Bike  Time   Delay  Laps 
12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1'54.208   50
20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.441 0.233 48
93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'54.613 0.405 53
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'54.651 0.443 38
99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1'54.653 0.445 33
21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.660 0.452 61
44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'54.770 0.562 37
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.789 0.581 50
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'54.818 0.610 43
10  43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'54.851 0.643 47
11  42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.852 0.644 41
12  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.997 0.789 38
13  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.074 0.866 47
14  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'55.229 1.021 66
15  4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.233 1.025 50
16  29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'55.343 1.135 39
17  35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.690 1.482 39
18  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.773 1.565 28
19  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.814 1.606 54
20  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'56.072 1.864 38
21  17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'56.121 1.913 50
22  5 Johann Zarco KTM 1'56.162 1.954 42
23  55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'56.371 2.163 42
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