Catalunya MotoGP Official Test: Fabio Quartararo fastest

Fabio Quartararo | photo© Dorna Sports

Fabio Quartararo set the fastest lap time during the Catalunya MotoGP Official Test on Monday at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team rider was fastest ahead of Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco.

A day after the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, the MotoGP riders returned to action in the Catalunya MotoGP Official Test, the second of Jerez’s total Official MotoGP testing days during the 2022 MotoGP season.

Without Marc Marquez, who had surgery a few days earlier in America, without Jorge Martin who had a successful forearm surgery in Italy on this day, and Alex Rins and Takaaki Nakagami, who both suffered injuries in the crash on the first lap of MotoGP on Sunday afternoon. race, a total of 22 drivers came into action on Monday during this test on Whit Monday.

Despite the fact that it was initially still uncertain whether he could start on Sunday at all – this after having fallen hard in the final phase of the fourth free practice on Saturday – it was Alex Marquez who was the most fanatical during the day. The LCR Honda Team Castrol rider completed 96 laps on his home track, the most of all.

The fastest lap time of the day, however, came from the winner of the day before Fabio Quartararo. The reigning MotoGP world champion set a fastest lap time of 1’39.451 in the thirteenth of his total of 67 laps, a fraction faster than Ducati Lenovo Team rider Francesco Bagnaia who stopped the chrono at 1’39.477 and thus the day ended with the second time behind his name.

Johann Zarco set the third lap time for Aleix Espargaró and Repsol Honda Team driver Pol Espargaró, who, unlike last weekend, did receive the necessary new Honda parts during this test day. That this was related to the absence of Nakagami – who was released from hospital earlier in the day and informed via LCR Honda that he was fine and did not sustain any significant injuries from Sunday afternoon’s crash – will not surprise many.

Jack Miller finished this test day in sixth place, followed by Maverick Vinales and the two Gresini Racing MotoGP riders Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Striking during this test day were the many special aerodynamic parts that were mounted and tested, especially the Aprilia machines were fitted with very special, special and revolutionary new carbon parts on a number of occasions. Whether it will be effective was tested during the day, that the machines don’t get any nicer, everyone in the media center unanimously agreed.

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