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Yamaha’s Zarco Tops One-Day Jerez MotoGP Test: Results

Jerez MotoGP Test Results

Following a dramatic Jerez MotoGP that shook up the points chase, nine teams remained at the Spanish circuit Monday for a one-day test. Three teams didn’t participate – Ducati Team, Team Suzuki Ecstar, and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.

Leading the way was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Johann Zarco, who claimed second on Sunday behind Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. This was after the men vying for the podium – Ducati Team duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa – crashed out during the same incident.

Yamaha's Zarco Tops One-Day Jerez MotoGP Test: Results
Yamaha’s Johann Zarco

Zarco, who has signed with the Red Bull KTM team for 2019/2010 MotoGP, completed 63 laps while testing a new Michelin rear tire, claiming the best time of 1:37.730 aboard his YZR-M1. He was followed by LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow, the Argentina MotoGP winner finishing 0.217 of a second behind. Third went to Pedrosa, who finished 0.250 of a second back.

“The test today was good for me and I’m pretty happy that I was that fast,” Johann Zarco says. “All the weekend in Jerez I was feeling good, so the target was to keep trying things with the setup and keep enjoying riding the bike. I think I understood many things during the race. Anyway, the target was to find more grip and use the bike well and at the moment it’s going quite good.

“I didn’t try any new parts, because I wanted to keep my work simple, so we were just working and trying things personally to improve ourselves. I did the 1’37.7 in the afternoon, which means the new tyre from Michelin was working well. You never have the same mind like in Qualifying, so I’m very happy, because I’m faster than Saturday.”

The top factory Yamaha rider was Maverick Vinales, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 pilot finishing fourth, 0.409 of a second off the pace. He was followed by the man who won MotoGP in both Austin and Jerez, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who was a half-second slower than Zarco.

Rounding out the top 10 were Marc VDS Honda’s Franco Morbidelli, Reale Avintia Racing Ducati’s Tito Rabat, LCR Honda IDEMITSU’s Takaaki Nakagami, Alma Pramac Racing Ducati’s Jack Miller, and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi on the other factory Yamaha.

The 2018 MotoGP Championship now breaks for two weeks ahead of the Grand Prix of France at Le Mans – a home race for Zarco, who is second in points, 12 behind Marquez after four of 19 rounds.

2018 Jerez MotoGP Test Results

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Prev. Gap Laps Last lap
1 ZARCO, Johann Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:37.730 53 / 63
2 CRUTCHLOW, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 1:37.947 0.217 0.217 57 / 67
3 PEDROSA, Dani Repsol Honda Team 1:37.980 0.250 0.033 68 / 75
4 VIÑALES, Maverick Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:38.139 0.409 0.159 19 / 64
5 MARQUEZ, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1:38.232 0.502 0.093 21 / 62
6 MORBIDELLI, Franco EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:38.288 0.558 0.056 65 / 66
7 RABAT, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 1:38.304 0.574 0.016 26 / 88
8 NAKAGAMI, Takaaki LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1:38.444 0.714 0.140 70 / 74
9 MILLER, Jack Alma Pramac Racing 1:38.586 0.856 0.142 37 / 38
10 ROSSI, Valentino Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:38.673 0.943 0.087 68 / 69
11 SMITH, Bradley Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:38.674 0.944 0.001 59 / 66
12 ESPARGARO, Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:38.684 0.954 0.010 20 / 63
13 BAUTISTA, Alvaro Angel Nieto Team 1:39.135 1.405 0.451 60 / 62
14 KALLIO, Mika Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:39.232 1.502 0.097 6 / 32
15 LUTHI, Thomas EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1:39.643 1.913 0.411 22 / 44
16 SIMEON, Xavier Reale Avintia Racing 1:39.720 1.990 0.077 13 / 68
17 CARDELUS, Xavi Reale Avintia Racing
NC SYAHRIN, Hafizh Monster Yamaha Tech 3
NC PETRUCCI, Danilo Alma Pramac Racing

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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