There was a palpable sense of excitement after the record-setting laps by Jack Miller and Fabio Quartararo yesterday. Would more records be broken on Thursday?
They wouldn't. Though both Maverick Viñales and Franco Morbidelli got under Marc Márquez' original lap record at the track (a record which still stands, incidentally, given that records are only set on race weekends and not at tests), they still ended up several hundredths short of Miller's blistering time from Wednesday. And with the wind expected to pick up on Friday the prospect of a lap of 1'52 is growing ever more distant. Conditions will not be as absolutely perfect as they were on Wednesday again any time soon.
One record was broken, however. After Johann Zarco fired down Losail's front straight 0.9 km/h faster than Marc Márquez' previous top speed record, 352.9 km/h to Márquez' 352.0 km/h, the Frenchman shattered the top speed record by nearly 5 km/h on Thursday, clocking a best speed of 357.6 km/h. For those of you who prefer their rods, chains, and ells, that is 222.2 mph. A speed for which Johann Zarco had to have all his ducks in a row.