MotoGP Jerez Test Results: VR46's Di Giannantonio Tops Charts, Yamaha unveils new M1, Ducati 3rd Fastest

With 89 laps during the first in-season Jerez testing, Johann Zarco of LCR Honda led the mileage standings, followed by Fabio Quartararo with 85.

By Divyam Dubey | on April 30, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

At the Jerez MotoGP test after the Spanish Grand Prix, Fabio Di Giannantonio of the VR46 Ducati team was the fastest. Marc Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia set the pace at first, but Di Giannantonio took over later and kept it until the finish, clocking a quick 1 minute 36.405 seconds on his 23rd lap out of 70. In the closing moments of the session, Aprilia's Maverick Vinales trailed by just 0.087 seconds, very near to beating Di Giannantonio's time. Franco Morbidelli of Pramac Ducati, who had missed pre-season testing because of an incident involving superbike practice, had a spectacular comeback and completed more than 80 laps.

Though not using a factory-spec Ducati, Marquez and Gresini conducted a lot of testing. With an early time of 1 minute 36.589 seconds, Bagnaia momentarily led the way, but Di Giannantonio eventually emerged on top by recording the fastest lap of the day. Johann Zarco finished the most laps—88—more than three times the distance of a standard Jerez Grand Prix (25 laps) plus a Sprint race (12 laps). Close following, in 16th place and trailing by 0.921 seconds, came his teammate Takaaki Nakagami, who completed 83 laps.

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Apart from experimenting with a new chassis and other possible improvements, Yamaha concentrated on testing new aerodynamic components, such as a triple-element front wing and side fairing influenced by designs from KTM and Ducati, saving some for later tests. In 14th place, just 0.619 seconds off the pace, Alex Rins headed the Yamaha pac. His teammate Fabio Quartararo was 18th, 1.033 seconds behind.

Pos Rider Team Time Lap
1 Fabio Di Giannantonio VR46 Ducati 1:36.405s 70
2 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing +0.087s 80
3 Franco Morbidelli Pramac Ducati +0.122s 82
4 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo +0.184s 43
5 Marc Marquez Gresini Ducati +0.232s 71
6 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM +0.234s 64
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing +0.339s 66
8 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati +0.371s 73
9 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo +0.387s 65
10 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati +0.488s 71
11 Pedro Acosta Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +0.488s 75
12 Raul Fernandez Trackhouse Aprilia +0.500s 66
13 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati +0.515s 78
14 Alex Rins Monster Yamaha +0.619s 73
15 Miguel Oliveira Trackhouse Aprilia +0.658s 74
16 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda +0.921s 83
17 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM +0.950s 73
18 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha +1.033s 84
19 Pol Espargaro KTM Test Rider +1.116s 68
20 Johann Zarco LCR Honda +1.251s 88
21 Joan Mir Repsol Honda +1.379s 62
22 Augusto Fernandez Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +1.445s 65
23 Luca Marini Repsol Honda +1.748s 72
24 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing +2.437s 60

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Trackhouse's Raul Fernandez gave the 2024 Aprilia a quick test before going back to the 2023 model. Aleix Espargaro tried some updated aerodynamics on the RS-GP, as well as a new ride-height gadget that wild-card rider Lorenzo Savadori had used during the race weekend.

An engine problem caused an early setback for Jorge Martin, while Augusto Fernandez and Marco Bezzecchi fell during the testing session.

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