Tuesday, 9 May 2017 : Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales led the way in MotoGP’s post-Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.
After struggling for front-end grip and finishing sixth on Sunday, Vinales set his 1m38.635s late in the morning.
The time was 1.6 seconds quicker than the best recorded during the race, and was not bettered throughout the rest of Monday.
Reigning word champion Marc Marquez got close, though, with a lap on his Honda just 0.002s slower than Vinales, also recorded before midday.
Race winner Dani Pedrosa managed to join his Honda team-mate in getting within a tenth of Vinales, improving in the final hour to a 1m38.716s to finish 0.081s off.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro set the fourth-fastest time, 0.364s slower than his former Suzuki team-mate Vinales, just ahead of Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
Cal Crutchlow was seventh, with Hector Barbera, Johann Zarco and Scott Redding completing the top 10, Barbera and Redding joining Pedrosa in improving in the afternoon.
The best of the KTMs was Pol Espargaro in 16th, one spot ahead of team-mate Bradley Smith, while Valentino Rossi was a quiet 21st.
A group led by Rossi had called for the stiffer construction tyre to be reintroduced, and it was taken to Argentina last month but not used during the grand prix weekend.