MotoGP Mugello Test: KTM's Brad Binder Tops the Time Sheets as Rain Disrupts the Session

Due to the weather, MotoGP was unable to use one of their three possible in-season collective tests at Mugello, which was scheduled for the day after the Italian Grand Prix.

By Divyam Dubey | on June 4, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Mugello's post-race test weekend was a soggy disappointment to say the least. The track was covered in sunshine during the Italian Grand Prix, but Monday's heavy rain left it damp. The showers kept running all day, making it difficult for riders to explore novel concepts. Although it was a full three seconds slower than qualifying speed, KTM's Brad Binder managed the quickest lap at 1:47.6. Championship leader Jorge Martin and several other Ducati riders surprisingly skipped the whole test, including race winner Francesco Bagnaia. For European manufacturers like Ducati and KTM, who have few chances to test with their factory riders during the season, this lack of dry track time hurts. These teams lose out on important data collecting unlike their Japanese counterparts Honda and Yamaha, which may schedule private tests.

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Luca Marini of Repsol Honda ran an impressive forty laps (40) during the Mugello post-race testing sessions, despite extreme track conditions throughout the day. Despite his third-place finish, HRC didn't reveal anything about its new components that were tested during the run. Reports say the team wasn't testing anything new at the Italian Grand Prix. Marini tried a new tank cover and ergonomic changes. 

Likewise, teammate Joan Mir made hints about a possible July engine update. He said the change was a little development of the present unit. Especially Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda riders, managed to finish a total of 58 laps despite no dry track time. 

MotoGP Yamaha Alex Rins

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM  1:47.617s
2 Pedro Acosta Red Bull GASGAS Tech3  +0.033s
3 Luca Marini Repsol Honda  +1.434s
4 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM  +1.614s
5 Joan Mir Repsol Honda  +2.171s
6 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing  +7.361s
7 Alex Rins Monster Yamaha  +10.035s
8 Johann Zarco LCR Honda  +10.476s
9 Miguel Oliveira Trackhouse Aprilia  +10.665s
10 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda  +10.883s
11 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia Racing  +11.680s
12 Raul Fernandez Trackhouse Aprilia  +11.764s
13 Augusto Fernandez Red Bull GASGAS Tech3  +12.435s
14 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha  +14.758s
15 Franco Morbidelli Pramac Ducati  +18.198s
16 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati  +19.063s
17 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo  No Time
18 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo  No Time
19 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing  No Time
20 Fabio Di Giannantonio VR46 Ducati  No Time
21 Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati  No Time
22 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati  No Time
23 Marc Marquez Gresini Ducati  No Time

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On the soggy course, Yamaha's performance was less inspirational. Alex Rins' quickest lap (1'57.652) gave him a seventh-place finish. Fabio Quartararo's performance (2'02.375) landed him a notable 14.758 seconds behind of the total leader.

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