Brno MotoGP test: Valentino Rossi fastest with new Yamaha fairing – MotoGP

Valentino Rossi topped the post-Czech Grand Prix MotoGP test at Brno on Monday, narrowly outpacing Marc Marquez at the very end.

Yamaha rider Rossi set his 1m55.162s benchmark with a minute left on the clock, edging Marquez, who had held first place for the final three of the test’s eight hours, by 0.018 seconds.

Rossi’s team-mate Maverick Vinales made up the top three as Yamaha tested a new aero fairing on the YZR-M1.

Vinales led the way for the majority of the session and improved his lap time late on, but ultimately could not outpace Rossi and Marquez.

Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, while his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was only 11th.

Dovizioso ran with Ducati’s radical new fairing, which was introduced for the Czech GP but used only by Lorenzo over the weekend, for the first time.

Tech3 Yamaha’s Johann Zarco was fifth, followed by Cal Crutchlow, who was close behind Vinales in second in the early stages but didn’t ride in the second half of the test as he rested his back after his Saturday crash.

Marquez’s Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was seventh, beating Jonas Folger by 0.035s.

Andrea Iannone was the fastest of three Suzukis, as the two full-timers were joined by test rider Takuya Tsuda.

Though Iannone crashed in the morning and spent the majority of the day in the bottom half of the order, a late improvement put him ninth.

His team-mates Alex Rins and Tsuda were 14th and 18th respectively.

Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10 for Aprilia, while the KTMs of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were 15th and 16th.

Ducati satellite teams Pramac, Aspar and Avintia did not take part in the test.

Monday times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m55.162s 52
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1m55.180s 0.018s 67
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m55.335s 0.173s 69
4 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m55.542s 0.380s 55
5 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.691s 0.529s 70
6 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m55.768s 0.606s 48
7 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m55.795s 0.633s 53
8 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m55.830s 0.668s 48
9 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m56.123s 0.961s 47
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m56.263s 1.101s 51
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m56.403s 1.241s 45
12 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m56.535s 1.373s 76
13 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m56.634s 1.472s 47
14 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m56.637s 1.475s 69
15 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m56.668s 1.506s 60
16 Bradley Smith KTM 1m56.976s 1.814s 51
17 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m57.851s 2.689s 26
18 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 1m59.749s 4.587s 51

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