Sport test in Portimao: Aleix Espargaro sets the best time, many with production bikes

21:50  07 october  2020
21:50  07 october  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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On the newly paved track, Aleix Espargaro undercuts the Superpole best time of the Superbike WM - Most riders with production bikes without transponder

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini © Dorna Sports Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

On Wednesday some MotoGP riders got to know the Portimao circuit in Portugal, where the season finale will take place on November 22nd. The course was completely repaved a few weeks ago. Some drivers already knew the route from the past, but for most of them it was new territory.

According to the regulations, the MotoGP regular riders had to ride production motorcycles. There were Joan Mir, Alex Rins, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller, Francesco Bagnaia, Takaaki Nakagami, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder, Pol Eespargaro, Johann Zarco, Tito Rabat, Alex Marquez.

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Most of the drivers did not have a transponder for timing. Since KTM does not have a current production model in the catalog, the three KTM riders set out with motorcycles from other brands, but without a logo.

Due to the concession rule, Aleix Espargaro was able to ride Aprilia's MotoGP machine. He got to know the track on a track day before the season opener in July with a superbike.

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- Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP (@YamahaMotoGP) October 7, 2020

With 1: 40.170 minutes, Aleix Espargaro also set the best time of the day. For comparison, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) had taken pole position in the Superbike World Championship at the beginning of August with a time of 1: 40.676 minutes. That was before the new asphalt was paved.

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The test teams and their test drivers were also on the track. They were Stefan Bradl (Honda), Michele Pirro (Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Jorge Lorenzo (Honda), Bradley Smith (Aprilia) and Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki).

Transponders for time measurement were mounted on the MotoGP bikes. Lorenzo drove 31 laps in the morning and 18 in the afternoon. He was several seconds slower than Aleix Espargaro's fastest time. Yamaha had a 2019 M1 on site.

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- Ducati Corse (@ducaticorse) October 7, 2020

For the MotoGP teams it was primarily about trying out the Michelin tires. On the other hand, the first data for the vote could be collected, because Portimao is on the calendar for the first time this year.

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The regular drivers only had the opportunity to get to know the route with series machines today. You travel straight to Le Mans (France) for the next race.

The MotoGP test riders will test in Portimao on Thursday. Lorenzo Savadori will take over from Smith at Aprilia tomorrow. Bradl also tests for Honda on Thursday and then travels to Le Mans.

Unofficial morning result:

01. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) - 1: 40.880 minutes (42 laps)

02. Michele Pirro (Ducati) +0.774 seconds (29)

03.Bradley Smith (Aprilia) +1.172 (39)

04.Stefan Bradl (Honda) +1.389 (48)

05.Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) +1.474 (28)

06.Dani Pedrosa (KTM) +1.898 (47)

07. Miguel Oliveira (series motorcycle) +3.882 (16 )

08. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +5.308 (31)

09. Brad Binder (production motorcycle) +6.150 (19)

Unofficial result afternoon:

01. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) - 1: 40.170 minutes (23 laps)

02.Bradley Smith (Aprilia) +0.952 seconds (26)

03.Stefan Bradl (Honda) +1.556 (25)

04. Michele Pirro (Ducati) +2.019 (6)

05. Dani Pedrosa (KTM) +2.119 ( 33)

06.Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) +2,166 (25)

07. Maverick Vinales (production bike) +3,529 (42)

08. Miguel Oliveira (production bike) +4,530 (17)

09. Brad Binder (production bike) + 4,650 (29)

10. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) +4,740 (18)

With B Image material from Motorsport Images .

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