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Vinales tops Misano MotoGP test, several miss as Rossi trials new exhaust

The Spaniard was fastest even though he had a crash but teammate had a radical new exhaust.

Maverick Vinales ended up the fastest in Misano MotoGP test where Yamaha tried a new exhaust system abode Valentino Rossi's bike.

Despite a late crash, Vinales ended up as the fastest in the Misano MotoGP test with a 1m31.532s lap as he headed LCR Honda's Takaaki Nakagami (1m31.803s) and Avintia Ducati's Johann Zarco (1m31.899s) - the only ones to dip into the 1m31s barrier.

Nakagami also had a crash during the morning session where the Japanese rode the 2020 Honda of Stefan Bradl, who did not ride in the test due to pain in his arm. There was a bizarre incident with Zarco as well, where he damaged his fairing in pitlane.

KTM's Pol Espargaro (1m32.054s) slotted in fourth ahead of Suzuki pair of Alex Rins (1m32.114s) and Joan Mir (1m32.162s), the latter duo trialing a new swingarm. Pramac Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia (1m32.207s) was seventh.

He led new MotoGP points leader Ducati's Andrea Doivizioso (1m32.290s), both of whom only drove in the morning session. The lone Petronas SRT rider, Fabio Quartararo (1m32.353s), was ninth, with KTM's Brad Binder (1m32.453s) rounding the Top 10.

The San Marino MotoGP race winner Franco Morbideli did not ride due to stomach bug. The only other Honda on track was of Alex Marquez (1m32.480s) in 11th, who trialed a new exhaust as well. Pramac's Jack Miller (1m32.510s) was 12th but was plagued by issues.

Another to be the sole to ride was Tech 3 KTM's Miguel Oliveira (1m32.529s) in 13th, who had a crash in the morning session. He led the Aprilia pair of Aleix Espargaro (1m32.535s) and Bradley Smith (1m32.590s), who spent their day testing numerous parts.

Tech 3's Iker Lecuona missed the day as Ducati's Danilo Petrucci (1m32.679s) was 16th from Yamaha's Rossi (1m32.946s), who not only trialed new exhaust but also a new chassis along with Vinales.

Avintia's Tito Rabat (1m33.306s) rounded in 18th after his engine died in the second session as host of MotoGP riders tested the new radio communication system during the day after Bradl did it in San Marino GP.

[Image courtesy: MotoGP] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]

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