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Brno MotoGP test: Valentino Rossi fastest, Yamaha runs new fairing

Valentino Rossi Yamaha Brno MotoGP test 2017

Valentino Rossi topped the post-Czech Grand Prix MotoGP test at Brno on Monday, narrowly outpacing Marc Marquez at the very end.

Yamaha rider Rossi set his 1m55.162s benchmark with a minute left on the clock, edging Marquez, who had held first place for the final three of the test's eight hours, by 0.018 seconds.

Rossi's team-mate Maverick Vinales made up the top three as Yamaha tested a new aero fairing on the YZR-M1.

Maverick Vinales Yamaha Brno MotoGP test new fairing

Vinales led the way for the majority of the session and improved his lap time late on, but ultimately could not outpace Rossi and Marquez.

Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, while his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was only 11th.

Dovizioso ran with Ducati's radical new fairing, which was introduced for the Czech GP but used only by Lorenzo over the weekend, for the first time.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco was fifth, followed by Cal Crutchlow, who was close behind Vinales in second in the early stages but didn't ride in the second half of the test as he rested his back after his Saturday crash.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was seventh, beating Jonas Folger by 0.035s.

Andrea Iannone was the fastest of three Suzukis, as the two full-timers were joined by test rider Takuya Tsuda.

Though Iannone crashed in the morning and spent the majority of the day in the bottom half of the order, a late improvement put him ninth.

His team-mates Alex Rins and Tsuda were 14th and 18th respectively.

Aleix Espargaro completed the top 10 for Aprilia, while the KTMs of Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith were 15th and 16th.

Ducati satellite teams Pramac, Aspar and Avintia did not take part in the test.

Monday times

1Valentino RossiYamaha1m55.162s-52
2Marc MarquezHonda1m55.180s0.018s67
3Maverick VinalesYamaha1m55.335s0.173s69
4Jorge LorenzoDucati1m55.542s0.380s55
5Johann ZarcoTech3 Yamaha1m55.691s0.529s70
6Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda1m55.768s0.606s48
7Dani PedrosaHonda1m55.795s0.633s53
8Jonas FolgerTech3 Yamaha1m55.830s0.668s48
9Andrea IannoneSuzuki1m56.123s0.961s47
10Aleix EspargaroAprilia1m56.263s1.101s51
11Andrea DoviziosoDucati1m56.403s1.241s45
12Tito RabatMVDS Honda1m56.535s1.373s76
13Jack MillerMVDS Honda1m56.634s1.472s47
14Alex RinsSuzuki1m56.637s1.475s69
15Pol EspargaroKTM1m56.668s1.506s60
16Bradley SmithKTM1m56.976s1.814s51
17Sam LowesAprilia1m57.851s2.689s26
18Takuya TsudaSuzuki1m59.749s4.587s51

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