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Vinales tops post-race Jerez test, injured Quartararo absent

May 3 2021
By Valentin Khorounzhiy

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales set the pace in the post-Spanish Grand Prix test at Jerez while his team-mate Fabio Quartararo was absent with the arm pump issue that cost him the race win on Sunday.

Vinales led the way in both laptime and mileage, having topped the timing screens early on, he then just jumped ahead of Suzuki rider Alex Rins in the latter stages to take the top spot.

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Rins ended the day 0.034s off Vinales’ 1m36.879s – a time that would’ve been good enough for fourth on the grid for Sunday’s race.

The Spanish duo were well clear of the rest of the pack on Monday, with Rins’ Suzuki team-mate Joan Mir best of the remaining riders in third place, 0.431s off.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and Pol Espargaro (Honda) completed the top six, albeit Espargaro did have a crash at Turn 1.

Espargaro’s team-mate Marc Marquez, who continues his recovery from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, completed just seven laps (compared to Vinales’ 101) before calling it a day due to fatigue from Sunday’s race.

But his haul of seven laps was still seven more than that of Vinales’ team-mate Quartararo, who elected to skip the test, instead prioritising “a medical check-up” in order to figure out how to combat the arm pump issue that robbed him of Spanish GP victory.

The top 13 in the test were split by no more than a second, albeit 13th-placed rookie Enea Bastianini was closed to third-placed Mir than Mir was to leader Vinales.

Spanish GP victor Jack Miller was 18th quickest on his Ducati.

Pos. Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:36.879 101
2 Alex Rins Suzuki 1:36.913 0.034 59
3 Joan Mir Suzuki 1:37.310 0.431 64
4 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1:37.348 0.469 71
5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1:37.435 0.556 75
6 Pol Espargaro Honda 1:37.506 0.627 89
7 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1:37.508 0.629 72
8 Luca Marini Ducati 1:37.559 0.680 66
9 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1:37.627 0.748 67
10 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1:37.690 0.811 40
11 Brad Binder KTM 1:37.698 0.819 66
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:37.700 0.821 73
13 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1:37.717 0.838 54
14 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:37.885 1.006 12
15 Alex Marquez Honda 1:38.170 1.291 75
16 Marc Marquez Honda 1:38.303 1.424 7
17 Iker Lecuona KTM 1:38.374 1.495 64
18 Jack Miller Ducati 1:38.455 1.576 44
19 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1:38.608 1.729 63
20 Tito Rabat Ducati 1:38.826 1.947 65
21 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1:39.024 2.145 54

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