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Sport Quartararo quickest in Jerez practice as Marquez angers Rins

14:16  18 july  2020
14:16  18 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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© JAVIER SORIANO Yamaha's Vinales (L) was quickest in testing. Spaniard Vinales posted a best time of one minute 37.793 seconds in Jerez , 0.118sec ahead of Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and 0.148 in front of Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez .

Spaniard Vinales posted a best time of one minute 37.793 seconds in Jerez , 0.118sec ahead of Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and 0.148 in front of Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez . Suzuki rider Alex Rins finished fourth with Vinales' Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi one place

Fabio Quartararo set a new record lap time at Jerez on Saturday in the third practice session for the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix, as Alex Rins was angered by world champion Marc Marquez.

Quartararo set a new lap record on Saturday at Jerez © JAVIER SORIANO Quartararo set a new lap record on Saturday at Jerez

Frenchman Quartararo, 21, posted a blistering one minute, 36.806 seconds on his satellite Yamaha bike to book a spot in the second qualifying session (1210 GMT), edging out Australian Jack Miller by 0.052 seconds.

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Spaniard Vinales posted a best time of one minute 37.793 seconds in Jerez , 0.118sec ahead of Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and 0.148 in front of Honda's reigning world champion Marc Marquez . Suzuki rider Alex Rins finished fourth with Vinales' Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi one place

Petronas rider Quartararo was forced to miss the opening 20 minutes of first practice as punishment for running an illegal production bike in a training session at Paul Ricard last month. Ending FP1 17th, Quartararo cut a frustrated figure at the end of the session, and in FP2 was immediately on the pace.

Marquez, bidding for a seventh top-class title in the coronavirus-delayed season, was fourth-quickest, behind Suzuki's Joan Mir and ahead of Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales.

But Honda's Marquez left Suzuki's Rins waving his arms in frustration as he tried to get past his compatriot.

Rins, who finished fourth in the championship last season, could only manage 12th and will have to contest the first qualifying session.

Italian veteran Valentino Rossi is through to second qualifying, although he finished 0.324 seconds slower than Quartararo despite riding a Yamaha factory bike.

The 2020 MotoGP world championship finally gets underway on Sunday, behind closed doors and more than four months late.

Fastest combined times from practice for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez de la Frontera:

1. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha-SRT) 1min 36.806sec, 2. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) at 0.052sec, 3. Joan Mir (ESP/Suzuki) 0.102, 4. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 0.223, 5. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 0.240, 6. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda-LCR) 0.293, 7. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.306, 8. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.324, 9. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati-Pramac) 0.365, 10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.379

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