Fabio Di Giannantonio tops Jerez MotoGP test as Yamaha debuts new M1

Fabio Di Giannantonio tops Jerez MotoGP test as Yamaha debuts new M1

Fabio Di Giannantonio topped the MotoGP test held in Jerez on Monday after the Spanish Grand Prix, as Yamaha debuted the updated M1.

The MotoGP paddock remained at Jerez for an eight-hour test on Monday, the first in-season test of the 2024 campaign and VR46 Ducati rider Fabio Di Giannantonio dominated the one-day test, recording a lap time of 1:36.405 after his 70-lap action.

It was an intensely competitive testing day with 17 riders coming in within a second. LCR Honda’s Johann Zarco finished with the most laps at 88.

Di Giannantonio led the way under the ideal conditions, closely followed by factory Aprilia rider Maverick Vinales as Pramac’s Franco Morbidelli finished third ahead of Spanish MotoGP winner Francesco Bagnaia.

Marc Marquez rounded out the top five on the sister Gresini, 0.232s behind the leader. The team still had a lot of testing to do even without a factory-spec Ducati, and Monday’s session in Jerez was their first chance to improve the bike based on the eight-time world champion’s feedback after the first four races.

Yamaha sparked attention as it launched its significantly revised bike, which featured new aerodynamics, a new chassis, a new swingarm, and new electronic settings, among other things.

The team debuted its new M1 with Alex Rins in 14th place while team-mate Fabio Quartararo was 18th, marking a disappointing result as the manufacturer tries to address its performance issues.

Bagnaia had topped the timesheets in the second hour of competition with a time of 1m36.589s but Di Giannantonio took the lead at the end of the third hour with a flying lap which would stand as the benchmark for the session through to the chequered flag, with nobody troubling this as the session concluded.

Brad Binder was the top KTM in sixth, ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Alex Marquez, Enea Bastianini, and Jorge Martin, who completed the top 10. Raul Fernandez was able to try out the Aprilia RS-GP24 for the first time with Trackhouse Racing and posted the 12th fastest time of the day.

Honda also had a new bike concept to test on Monday, with top factory team Honda runner Joan Mir finishing in 21st place and leading HRC runner Takaaki Nakagami finishing in 16th.

2024 MotoGP Jerez Test Results

PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:36.405
2Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:36.492
3Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP241:36.527
4Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:36.589
5Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:36.637
6Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:36.639
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:36.744
8Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP231:36.776
9Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP241:36.792
10Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP241:36.893
11Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:36.893
12Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:36.905
13Marco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP231:36.920
14Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:37.024
15Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP1:37.063
16Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:37.326
17Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:37.355
18Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:37.438
19Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:37.521
20Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V1:37.656
21Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:37.784
22Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC161:37.850
23Luca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:38.153
24Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:38.842

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