2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Ducati 1-2-3-4 Led by Petrucci

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Ducati Danilo Petrucci
Ducati's Danilo Petrucci

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results

When the first official MotoGP test of 2019 began Wednesday at Sepang International Circuit, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez impressed.

The five-time MotoGP Champion was quickest after completing about half of the laps of the other riders as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Thursday was Maverick Vinales’ day. The Monster Energy Yamaha YZR-M1 pilot claimed the top time by over a half of second, and was the first to break the 1:59 mark.

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Ducati Danilo Petrucci
Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci

Friday was all about Ducati machinery, which claimed the top-four positions. Leading the way was factory Ducati newbie Danilo Petrucci aboard the Mission Winnow Ducati GP19.

The Italian posted a 1:58.239 – a new unofficial lap record at Sepang that beat the previous unofficial record set by Jorge Lorenzo last season when the Spaniard was a factory Ducati pilot (1:58.830).

Petrucci completed 32 laps, posting his quickest run around the 3.4-mile circuit on lap 10.

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Yamaha Maverick Vinales
Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales

Not far behind were the Alma Pramac Racing Ducati duo of Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller. Bagnaia finished 0.063 of a second behind, and Miller 0.127 back.

Fourth went to Petrucci’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso, making for a Ducati 1-2-3-4 on the final day of Sepang MotoGP testing. Dovizioso trailed by 0.299 of a second.

“Today we started off on the right foot,” says Danilo Petrucci. “I was supposed to try two ‘time attacks’ but one attempt, done with a medium rear tire, was enough. When I saw the lap time on the dashboard, I was really happy.

“After that, we resumed our work on some new items. Unfortunately, however, I crashed while I was trying a new fairing around midday. Given the fact that I was also experiencing some issues with blisters in my hands, we decided to stop a bit ahead of schedule to recover and make sure we’re at our best in the next tests in Qatar. Overall, it’s been a really positive test.”

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Alexis Espargaro
Aprilia’s Alexis Espargaro

The top Yamaha was once again Vinales, who finished 0.405 of a second behind and 0.136 ahead of the top Honda RC213V piloted by LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow. The Brit was also the final rider to post under the 1:59 mark.

Rounding out the top 10 were Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro (-0.783); Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli (-0.902); LCR Honda Idemitsu’s Takaaki Nakagami (-0.909); and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi (-0.916).

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results: Honda Takaaki Nakagami
Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami

The MotoGP grid now breaks for two weeks ahead of the final pre-season MotoGP test February 23-25 at Qatar. The 2019 MotoGP season official begins March 10 at Qatar.

2019 Sepang MotoGP Test Results, Day 3 (Final)

PosRiderTeamFastest lapLead. GapPrev. GapLapsLast lap
1PETRUCCI, DaniloMission Winnow Ducati1:58.23910 / 32
2BAGNAIA, FrancescoAlma Pramac Racing1:58.3020.0630.06311 / 21
3MILLER, JackAlma Pramac Racing1:58.3660.1270.06412 / 47
4DOVIZIOSO, AndreaMission Winnow Ducati1:58.5380.2990.17211 / 36
5VIÑALES, MaverickMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1:58.6440.4050.1068 / 79
6CRUTCHLOW, CalLCR Honda CASTROL1:58.7800.5410.13617 / 61
7ESPARGARO, AleixAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:59.0220.7830.24211 / 52
8MORBIDELLI, FrancoPetronas Yamaha SRT1:59.1410.9020.1198 / 66
9NAKAGAMI, TakaakiLCR Honda IDEMITSU1:59.1480.9090.00721 / 61
10ROSSI, ValentinoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGP1:59.1550.9160.0079 / 62
11MARQUEZ, MarcRepsol Honda Team1:59.1700.9310.0154 / 39
12RINS, AlexTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:59.1800.9410.01014 / 75
13BRADL, StefanHonda Test Team1:59.3681.1290.18813 / 57
14RABAT, TitoReale Avintia Racing1:59.4851.2460.1179 / 41
15MIR, JoanTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:59.4861.2470.00125 / 53
16QUARTARARO, FabioPetronas Yamaha SRT1:59.4971.2580.01113 / 77
17ZARCO, JohannRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:59.6401.4010.14315 / 44
18ESPARGARO, PolRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:59.7511.5120.11114 / 57
19OLIVEIRA, MiguelKTM Tech 3 Racing1:59.9491.7100.1989 / 38
20ABRAHAM, KarelReale Avintia Racing2:00.3782.1390.42922 / 36
21SYAHRIN, HafizhKTM Tech 3 Racing2:00.7662.5270.3889 / 21
22GUINTOLI, SylvainSuzuki Test Team2:00.9902.7510.2243 / 56
23SMITH, BradleyAprilia Racing Factory Team2:00.9952.7560.00554 / 56
24KALLIO, MikaRed Bull KTM Factory Racing Test Team2:01.0202.7810.0254 / 38
25TEST 2, YamahaYamaha Test Team2:01.2433.0040.2233 / 43
26TEST 1, YamahaYamaha Test Team2:01.7193.4800.4765 / 49
NCIANNONE, AndreaAprilia Racing Team Gresini
NCTSUDA, TakuyaSuzuki Test Team