Espargaro heads Day 1 of Portimao test, MotoGP riders use road bikes
The first day saw only test riders along with Aprilia on the 2020 machine while rest used the road bikes.
Aleix Espargaro was fastest on Day 1 of Portimao test at the newly laid tarmac as several MotoGP riders ventured on road-going superbikes.
It was a mixed run on Day 1 of the Portimao test at the Algarve circuit, which has seen a freshly re-laid tarmac, as they gear-up for not only the two-wheel championship's race in November but also the F1 grand prix event later in the month.
As per the rule, only MotoGP test riders were allowed to run the current bike, although Aprilia used it as a test day, which allowed Esparagro to ride the RS-GP along with Bradley Smith, who will now head to Le Mans for this weekend's French GP.
Test rider Lorenzo Savadori will ride the RS-GP on Thursday. Apart from them, Honda had Stefan Bradl on main non-liveried bike, with Jorge Lorenzo back in action for Yamaha, Dani Pedrosa with KTM, Sylvain Guintoli with Suzuki and Michele Pirro with Ducati.
They all will continue to ride on Thursday but most of the MotoGP pack will leave for Le Mans. Interestingly, everyone was present apart from Petronas SRT's Fabio Quartararo, LCR's Cal Crutchlow and Tech 3's Iker Lecuona for the first day of test action.
Majority did not have a transponder on their machines too as Aprilia's Espargaro headed the way with a 1m40.170s ahead of teammate Smith (1m14.122s) and Ducati's Pirro (1m41.654s) in the Top 3 - although times matter little for a test like this.
Honda's Bradl (1m41.726s) slotted in fourth with KTM's Pedrosa (1m42.289s) in fifth as Suzuki's Guintoli (1m42.336s) and Yamaha's Lorenzo (1m44.910s) rounded the 2020 MotoGP bike runners, with everyone undertaking solid number of laps.
While most did not have the transponder as mentioned above, but some did have it on their respective superbikes, like Yamaha's Vinales, who set a 1m43.699s on the R1, while Oliveira did a 1m44.700s and Binder clocked a 1m44.820s.
Here's the official gallery from MotoGP: www.motogp.com/en/gallery/2020/10/07/motogp-portimao-motogp-official-test/348599
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