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

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:  

Pos Rider Bike Speed – kph
1 Jack MILLER DUCATI 355.2
2 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI 352.9
3 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI 351.7
4 Johann ZARCO DUCATI 350.6
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI 349.5
6 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA 349.5
7 Tito RABAT DUCATI 348.3
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA 348.3
9 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA 346.1
10 Alex RINS SUZUKI 346.1
11 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA 346.1
12 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 346.1
13 Alex MARQUEZ HONDA 345.0
14 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 345.0
15 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 343.9
16 Brad BINDER KTM 342.8
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 342.8
18 Joan MIR SUZUKI 341.7
19 Iker LECUONA KTM 341.7
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA 340.6
21 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA 339.6
22 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA 339.6

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:

Pos Rider Bike Speed – kph
1 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA 348.3
2 Jack MILLER DUCATI 347.2
3 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI 346.1
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA 346.1
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI 343.9
6 Tito RABAT DUCATI 343.9
7 Joan MIR SUZUKI 343.9
8 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA 342.8
9 Alex RINS SUZUKI 342.8
10 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 341.7
11 Bradley SMITH APRILIA 341.7
12 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI 339.6
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA 339.6
14 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA 339.6
15 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA 338.5
16 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 338.5
17 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA 337.5
18 Johann ZARCO KTM 336.4
19 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 336.4

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

Pos Rider Bike Vs 2019
1 Jack MILLER DUCATI +8 km/h
2 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI +6.8 km/h
3 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI +12.1 km/h
4 Johann ZARCO DUCATI /
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI +5.6 km/h
6 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA +6.7 km/h
7 Tito RABAT DUCATI +4.4 km/h
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA +2.2 km/h
9 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA +7.6 km/h
10 Alex RINS SUZUKI +3.3 km/h
11 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA -2.2 km/h
12 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +4.4 km/h
13 Alex MARQUEZ HONDA /
14 Bradley SMITH APRILIA +3.3 km/h
15 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA +5.4 km/h
16 Brad BINDER KTM /
17 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +6.4 km/h
18 Joan MIR SUZUKI -2.2
19 Iker LECUONA KTM /
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA +1 km/h
21 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA 0 km/h
22 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA +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

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Maverick VIÑALES YAMAHA 1m53.858
2 Franco MORBIDELLI YAMAHA +0.033
3 Fabio QUARTARARO YAMAHA +0.180
4 Alex RINS SUZUKI +0.210
5 Jack MILLER DUCATI +0.247
6 Joan MIR SUZUKI +0.271
7 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA +0.291
8 Takaaki NAKAGAMI HONDA +0.381
9 Brad BINDER KTM +0.425
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI +0.454
11 Francesco BAGNAIA DUCATI +0.468
12 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA +0.474
13 Aleix ESPARGARO APRILIA +0.574
14 Johann ZARCO DUCATI +0.707
15 Pol ESPARGARO KTM +0.765
16 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI +0.776
17 Tito RABAT DUCATI +0.816
18 Cal CRUTCHLOW HONDA +0.972
19 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +1.150
20 Iker LECUONA KTM +1.443
21 Alex MARQUEZ HONDA +1.661
22 Bradley SMITH APRILIA +2.058

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

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