2020 MotoGP Top Speed: Yamaha’s as Fast as Honda at the Qatar Tests

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Ducati is still the leader, but Yamaha is catching up

Yamaha’s engineers seem to have found some solutions regarding the issues with the top speed of the YZR-M1 bike looking at the latest MotoGP Qatar test. Honda is losing ground regarding its top speed.

Looking at the numbers, Ducati is still on the top spot with Jack Miller reaching 355.2kph (222mph) on the satellite bike – just 2.3kph faster than the factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

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Yamaha improved its speed on the straight line compared to last year’s MotoGP Qatar tests with Maverick Vinales finishing 9th on the chart with a top speed of 346.1kph.

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Cal Crutchlow’s Honda’s RC213V MotoGP bike was 8th fastest with 348.3 kph. 

Big improvements from the redesigned 2020 Aprilia RS-GP bike while Marc Marquez’s Honda is losing speed at the end of the back straight.

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2020 MotoGP Qatar test – top speed:  

PosRiderBikeSpeed – kph
1Jack MILLERDUCATI355.2
2Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATI352.9
3Francesco BAGNAIADUCATI351.7
4Johann ZARCODUCATI350.6
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATI349.5
6Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIA349.5
7Tito RABATDUCATI348.3
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDA348.3
9Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHA346.1
10Alex RINSSUZUKI346.1
11Marc MARQUEZHONDA346.1
12Pol ESPARGAROKTM346.1
13Alex MARQUEZHONDA345.0
14Bradley SMITHAPRILIA345.0
15Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA343.9
16Brad BINDERKTM342.8
17Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM342.8
18Joan MIRSUZUKI341.7
19Iker LECUONAKTM341.7
20Takaaki NAKAGAMIHONDA340.6
21Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHA339.6
22Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHA339.6

The 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike was losing approximately 9.8kph on the straight line compared to Honda RC213V. Looking at the factory bikes, Marquez was fastest with 348.3kph while Vinales was only 15th fastest with 338.5kph.

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2019 Qatar MotoGP test – top speed:

PosRiderBikeSpeed – kph
1Marc MARQUEZHONDA348.3
2Jack MILLERDUCATI347.2
3Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATI346.1
4Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDA346.1
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATI343.9
6Tito RABATDUCATI343.9
7Joan MIRSUZUKI343.9
8Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIA342.8
9Alex RINSSUZUKI342.8
10Pol ESPARGAROKTM341.7
11Bradley SMITHAPRILIA341.7
12Francesco BAGNAIADUCATI339.6
13Takaaki NAKAGAMIHONDA339.6
14Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHA339.6
15Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHA338.5
16Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA338.5
17Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHA337.5
18Johann ZARCOKTM336.4
19Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM336.4

Comparing the top speed of the 2020 MotoGP bikes with the previous ones, almost all the machines are faster and only the 2020 Honda RC213V is losing -2.2kph.

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Top Speeds Difference – 2020 Vs 2019 Test

PosRiderBikeVs 2019
1Jack MILLERDUCATI+8 km/h
2Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATI+6.8 km/h
3Francesco BAGNAIADUCATI+12.1 km/h
4Johann ZARCODUCATI/
5Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATI+5.6 km/h
6Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIA+6.7 km/h
7Tito RABATDUCATI+4.4 km/h
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDA+2.2 km/h
9Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHA+7.6 km/h
10Alex RINSSUZUKI+3.3 km/h
11Marc MARQUEZHONDA-2.2 km/h
12Pol ESPARGAROKTM+4.4 km/h
13Alex MARQUEZHONDA/
14Bradley SMITHAPRILIA+3.3 km/h
15Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA+5.4 km/h
16Brad BINDERKTM/
17Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM+6.4 km/h
18Joan MIRSUZUKI-2.2
19Iker LECUONAKTM/
20Takaaki NAKAGAMIHONDA+1 km/h
21Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHA0 km/h
22Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHA+2.1 km/h

The top three fastest lap times at the 2020 MotoGP Qatar test are from Yamaha YZR-M1 bikes ridden by Vinales, Morbidelli and Quartararo.

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2020 MotoGP QatarTest – Combined Times

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Maverick VIÑALESYAMAHA1m53.858
2Franco MORBIDELLIYAMAHA+0.033
3Fabio QUARTARAROYAMAHA+0.180
4Alex RINSSUZUKI+0.210
5Jack MILLERDUCATI+0.247
6Joan MIRSUZUKI+0.271
7Marc MARQUEZHONDA+0.291
8Takaaki NAKAGAMIHONDA+0.381
9Brad BINDERKTM+0.425
10Andrea DOVIZIOSODUCATI+0.454
11Francesco BAGNAIADUCATI+0.468
12Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA+0.474
13Aleix ESPARGAROAPRILIA+0.574
14Johann ZARCODUCATI+0.707
15Pol ESPARGAROKTM+0.765
16Danilo PETRUCCIDUCATI+0.776
17Tito RABATDUCATI+0.816
18Cal CRUTCHLOWHONDA+0.972
19Miguel OLIVEIRAKTM+1.150
20Iker LECUONAKTM+1.443
21Alex MARQUEZHONDA+1.661
22Bradley SMITHAPRILIA+2.058

The first round of the 2020 MotoGP season will take place at Qatar between March 6-8.

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