21 November 2018
The first 2019 preseason test day has been completed and it was Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing) who topped the times, setting the quickest time of 1:31.416 to head 2018 World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by 0.302,
with Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing) third on the timesheets as we witness Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team), Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and others get to grips with their new machines – but rain brings proceedings to an early end.
It was a positive start to 2019 for Yamaha Factory Racing as Viñales topped the times, with both the Spaniard and teammate Rossi having 2019 spec engines to try at the test. The Spaniard – sporting his new number 12 – completed 39 laps and set his quickest time with the new Yamaha engine, while Rossi was able to circulate 40 times before the weather intervened to finish P3.