Pol Espargaro has ended the Mandalika test on top of the timesheets, the first time a Honda has topped the timesheets since Marc Marquez went fastest at the Jerez test which preceded the kickoff of the 2020 season. Espargaro came up just short of the 1'30s, recording a fastest time of 1'31.060 at the start of the day.
Fabio Quartararo ended the day in second, a fast lap a necessity for the Yamaha this year, as it was last year, the reigning world champion just a few thousandths shy of the time set by Espargaro. Yesterday's fastest man Luca Marini was quick once again, setting the third quickest time on the Mooney VR46 Ducati, and ending just ahead of Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia. Franco Morbidelli put the second Monster Energy Yamaha into fifth place, while Pecco Bagnaia was the fastest factory Ducati rider.
Alex Rins took seventh, the Suzuki Ecstar rider four tenths behind Espargaro, while Maverick Viñales put the second Aprilia into eighth. Marc Marquez ended the day in ninth, four tenths behind his Repsol Honda teammate, and just ahead of Johann Zarco on the Pramac Ducati.
There were a couple of absentees on the final day. Joan Mir came down with a stomach bug that left him incapacitated in his room, and unable to test all day. Raul Fernandez started the day, but was forced to stop after 7 laps due to vision problems. The Tech3 KTM rookie had suffered a bad crash on Saturday, which appears to have left him with a concussion which went unnoticed by the medical staff.
Action stopped for 45 minutes in the middle of the day, as an extra session of practice starts was inserted. There were concerns that the starts were damaging the track too badly, after worries about the surface of the track breaking up at Turn 1 and the final corner. But it was also an opportunity to allow everyone a chance to do a practice start, as many riders stopped before the end of the day, and there was less rubber on track.
|18||49||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Ducati||1'31.915||0.855||0.014|
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