Quartararo returns from concussion to top first MotoGP Misano test

Fresh from suffering a mild concussion in a crash at the British Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo topped the first day of MotoGP testing at Misano by 0.023 seconds

Quartararo returns from concussion to top first MotoGP Misano test

Quartararo highsided exiting the first corner at the start of last Sunday's Silverstone race, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso launching over the top of the rookie's stricken Petronas SRT Yamaha.

Despite both having to be taken to hospital afterwards, the pair were at Misano for the first of two days testing ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix in two weeks.

Dovizioso had to pass a medical examination at the circuit on Thursday morning, but was declared fit and took to the track during the afternoon session.

Quartararo set the pace in the morning session as he worked on set-up ahead of the Misano race and led the timesheets with a 1m33.539s lap.

He took over from world championship leader Marc Marquez, who crashed at the Carro Hairpin at Turn 14 early on while testing a new chassis.

Marquez's 1m33.697s put him fifth in the morning session, and he set the pace early on when action resumed after the lunch break with a 1m33.471s, while the sister SRT bike of Franco Morbidelli fell in 0.190s behind.

With 90 minutes remaining, Quartararo once again snatched top spot away from the Honda rider with a 1m32.996s lap, which stood as the benchmark through to the drop of the chequered flag.

Team-mate Morbidelli ended up just 0.023s adrift in second after his 40th and final lap while Marquez completed the top three - 0.203s further back.

Maverick Vinales was first of the works team Yamahas in fourth as he and team-mate Valentino Rossi evaluated the second version of the 2020 prototype M1 first introduced at the post-race Brno test.

He was just 0.025s outside of Marquez's best effort, with Rossi - who was just 0.024s outside of Quartararo's morning session best - jumping up to fifth at the death with a 1m33.296s lap at the end of the session on the second prototype 2020 M1.

KTM's Pol Espargaro was sixth ahead of stablemate Johann Zarco, who will not test tomorrow having focused exclusively on race set-up on Thursday.

Suzuki's Joan Mir an impressive eighth on his return to action following a fast crash at the Brno test which ruled him out of the Austrian and British GPs.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) and Pramac's Jack Miller rounded out the top 10 from Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Dovizioso, who was 0.858s off the pace having managed a respectable 37 laps in the afternoon.

Silverstone race winner Alex Rins [15th] fell in the morning at Turn 8, while LCR's 18th-placed Cal Crutchlow suffered two crashes on Thursday - one at the same place as Marquez, and another in the afternoon at the tight Rio right-hander.

Tech3's Miguel Oliveira only managed two laps before withdrawing due to ongoing shoulder pain from his tangle with Zarco at Silverstone.

Honda's Jorge Lorenzo also pulled out after the morning to continue his recovery from the back injuries he suffered in June at Assen.

Day one result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m32.996s - 47
2 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.019s 0.023s 40
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m33.222s 0.226s 48
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.247s 0.251s 44
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.296s 0.300s 41
6 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m33.588s 0.592s 38
7 Johann Zarco KTM KTM 1m33.690s 0.694s 22
8 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1m33.763s 0.767s 34
9 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m33.777s 0.781s 41
10 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m33.802s 0.806s 42
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m33.842s 0.846s 39
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m33.854s 0.858s 37
13 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 1m33.940s 0.944s 30
14 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m33.945s 0.949s 32
15 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m34.134s 1.138s 39
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m34.242s 1.246s 74
17 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1m34.243s 1.247s 27
18 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m34.411s 1.415s 17
19 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 1m34.599s 1.603s 40
20 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 1m34.644s 1.648s 38
21 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 1m34.774s 1.778s 23
22 Dani Pedrosa KTM KTM 1m34.976s 1.980s 25


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