MotoGP tests in Sepang: 1st day

After presenting its new lineup and livery at Neuchâtel (Switzerland) two weeks ago, the Mission Winnow Ducati team officially started its 2019 campaign at Sepang (Malaysia), home of a three-day official MotoGP test.

In the first day of testing, characterized by hot, sunny conditions – with more than 30 degrees outside and 55 on the tarmac – Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso started their respective programs slightly after 10 a.m. and took advantage of the track time to work across the board and evaluate technical upgrades on the Desmosedici GP19, which was already taken to the track for a shakedown by the official test rider Michele Pirro in the previous days.

Petrucci finished the opening day in fifth place in the standings – characterized by narrow gaps, with the first 13 riders within a second – with a personal best of 2:00.051, posted in lap 8 of 54. Dovizioso finished just 0.146 seconds behind his teammate in 2:00.197 with 49 laps to his tally.

Danilo Petrucci (#9, Mission Winnow Ducati) – 2:00.051 (5th)
"It's been a positive first day. Despite the fact that we didn't try a flying lap, I was able to be quick right away this morning with medium tyres. On the other hand, we still need to improve when temperatures rise and grip levels decrease, so tomorrow we'll focus on this. Physically I don't feel fatigued, which means I followed the right conditioning regime over the winter break, and for tomorrow we have a couple of longer runs on schedule during the hottest time of the day. We have a solid base already, which is the most important thing. Also, I have to say it was pretty emotional to go out with the new livery for the first time."

Andrea Dovizioso (#04, Mission Winnow Ducati) – 2:00.197 (8th)
"Today has been really positive because we found the track in good conditions already and the weather stayed dry. We made some comparisons but we haven't found substantial differences yet so we need to make more evaluations in the following days. We have a really good base, and the work done by Michele Pirro is always helpful to this end, because he can try some components beforehand, saving us precious time. Also, I felt great physically, so I'm pretty happy overall."

The Mission Winnow Ducati team will resume action tomorrow for the second of three days of official tests.

1.Marc MárquezHonda1:59,621
2.Alex RinsSuzuki1:59,880
3.Maverick ViñalesYamaha1:59,937
4.Tito RabatDucati1:59,983
5.Danilo PetrucciDucati2:00,051
6.Valentino RossiYamaha2:00,054
7.Takaaki NakagamiHonda2:00,158
8.Andrea DoviziosoDucati2:00,197
9.Stefan BradlHonda2:00,214
10.Pol EspargaróKTM2:00,313
11.Jack MillerDucati2:00,383
12.Franco MorbidelliYamaha2:00,460
13.Aleix EspargaróAprilia2:00,602
14.Cal CrutchlowHonda2:00,681
15.Francesco BagnaiaDucati2:00,694
16.Miguel OliveiraKTM2:00,902
17.Katsuyuki NakasugaYamaha2:00,965
18.Fabio QuartararoYamaha2:00,985
19.Mika KallioKTM2:01,054
20.Johann ZarcoKTM2:01,121
21.Andrea IannoneAprilia2:01,249
22.Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki2:01,286
23.Joan MirSuzuki2:01,432
24.Karel AbrahamDucati2:01,627
25.Jonas FolgerYamaha2:01,736
26.Hafizh SyahrinKTM2:01,853


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