Sport Vinales and Rossi lead practice runs for Yamaha at Andalucia MotoGP
Motorcycling: Quartararo wins Andalusian MotoGP as Yamahas dominate in Jerez
Motorcycling: Quartararo wins Andalusian MotoGP as Yamahas dominate in JerezFrenchman Quartararo, who also won the season-opening Spanish Grand Prix last weekend, cruised to victory from pole position while factory Yamaha duo of Spaniard Maverick Vinales and former champion Valentino Rossi finished second and third.
Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi led the pack in Friday's two free practice sessions ahead of this weekend's Andalucia MotoGP in Jerez.
Vinales, who finished second in last weekend's delayed opening race of the season at the same circuit, posted a time of one minute, 37.063 seconds to pip Italian teammate Rossi, who finished 0.142sec back in second.
Quartararo quickest in Jerez practice as Marquez angers Rins
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. Fastest combined times from practice for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez de la Frontera: 1.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.
Championship leader Fabio Quartararo had a disappointing day on his Yamaha-SRT, finishing 14th.
"I feel comfortable with the bike. I think we made an improvement compared to last week," said Vinales after shrugging off temperatures pushing 35 degrees.
"I think this is a good test for us, we never raced at the same track twice in a row. The most important thing is to understand how we do better on race day."
Reigning world champion Marc Marquez did not take part in Friday's sessions, although he has been declared fit to race despite a broken arm, on which he had surgery on Tuesday after crashing heavily in last Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix opener.
He will attempt to set a competitive time in Saturday's practice.
Fellow Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Cal Crutchlow (Honda-LCR) took part in practice despite also suffering injuries in the opening race.
Marquez absence hands opportunity to title rivals in Jerez
Marc Marquez will miss this weekend's Andalucia Grand Prix after breaking his arm in Jerez last week, leaving his rivals with an excellent chance to steal an early march in the MotoGP title race. The six-time elite-class world champion crashed out of the delayed season-opening Spanish Grand Prix last Sunday as France's Fabio Quartararo took his maiden MotoGP victory. Honda will not replace Marquez in their factory team for the race, also in Jerez, while LCR-Honda's Cal Crutchlow faces a battle to be fit in time after he underwent surgery on his left wrist.
Rins, who dislocated his shoulder, was 21st fastest, just behind Crutchlow who fractured his wrist.
Crutchlow had also required surgery, carried out on Tuesday at the same hospital in Barcelona where Marquez was treated.
Rossi, seven times a world champion in the elite class, didn't finish last weekend's race due to a technical issue.
Not surprisingly, he wasn't getting too carried away by Friday's run.
"As always, Saturday morning will be crucial. It will be very important to find the right spot to make the right lap time to stay in the top 10," said the Italian veteran who is in his final season as a Yamaha factory rider.
"We'll have to try. I feel better with the bike compared to last week. We have to work because in some corners I'm not fantastic. But anyway, it was a positive day."
Two more free practice sessions and qualifying are scheduled for Saturday. The race on Sunday will start at 1200 GMT.
"He was the fastest": Competitors comment on Marquez's chase
© Motorsport Images Marc Marquez plowed through the field Marc Marquez was the fastest man on the track at the MotoGP season opener in Jerez, but instead of on the podium, the world champion ended up in the hospital. His rivals also count him for being the fastest, but has Marquez risked too much? "Apparently he had problems with the front wheel at the start of the race," says Maverick Vinales. The Yamaha pilot led the race in the first two laps. But then Marquez overtook him.
Combined first and second practice times ahead of the Andalucia MotoGP at Jerez:
1. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 1min 37.063sec, 2. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) at 0.142, 3. Brad Binder (AFS/KTM) 0.307, 4. Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Yamaha-SRT) 0.353, 5. Pol Espargaro (ESP/KTM) 0.379, 6. Miguel Oliveira (POR/KTM) 0.429, 7. Jack Miller (AUS/Ducati-Pramac) 0.503, 8. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN/Honda-LCR) 0.529, 9. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 0.672, 10. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 0.676
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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez breaks arm in terrifying crash, aims to return in August after surgery .
Marquez had a titanium plate fixed internally to his right humerus and will spend the next two days of recovery in the hospital. © Provided by CBS Sports "Marc is now recovering from successful surgery and will remain in hospital for up to 48 hours," Repsol Honda, his team, said in a statement. "His aim is to return to the 2020 World Championship as soon as possible with an expected date becoming clearer soon."The Spanish road racer suffered the injury on Sunday in the final laps of the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, Spain. With just four laps left, Marquez fell off of his bike around a turn.