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2017 Qatar MotoGP Post-Test Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the final day of the final test in Qatar:


Today Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi completed the third and final day of the 2017 pre-season test. The Factory Yamaha duo were able to enjoy a good amount of track time and concluded the test in first and sixth place respectively in the overall standings.


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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Truth Will Out Soon Enough

Testing is over. Sunday was the last chance for the MotoGP field to work on preparing for the 2017 season, to tweak, refine, experiment. The next time bikes take to the track, in two weeks time, there will be much more at stake than pride and a little bit of psychological advantage. There will no longer be anywhere to hide.

The last day of the test meant a busy schedule, though that is a relative thing at the Losail International circuit. For the best part of two hours, nothing stirred on track bar the bored chatter of riders, mechanics and photographers as they waited for the sun to go down, and the track to cool off enough to go testing. Once testing started, riders started grinding out the laps. Temperatures stayed high enough to stave off the dew, and it was possible to ride until the track closed at 11pm without the risk of crashing on an invisible patch of moisture.

Crash course

Riders didn't need the excuse of moisture to crash, however. In five hours of usable track time, riders crashed fourteen times in total. Some seemed particularly prone, with Sam Lowes going down twice, and Marc Márquez managing to hit the deck three times in a single day. Márquez had a simple explanation for his crashes. "From the first to the last lap, I'm always on the limit," he said. "It try to be in 1'55s, but this is a risk." Márquez paid the price, though he put one crash down to testing a part which didn't work, though he did not specify what.

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Test: Viñales Fastest Overall, Smith Most Improved Rider

Maverick Viñales leaves the final MotoGP test of the 2017 preseason as the fastest rider, completing his domination of testing. The Movistar Yamaha rider ended just seven hundredths of a second ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on the factory Ducati. Dani Pedrosa was third fastest, putting in a quick lap at the end of the test, and finishing another seven hundredths behind Dovizioso.

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 10pm Times: Viñales Fastest As Test Draws To A Close

The riders are running through the final parts of their test program as the MotoGP test draws to a close at Qatar. With an hour to go, many are now packing up, from fear of crashing as the dew settles.

There have already been plenty of crashes, with Sam Lowes, Aleix Espargaro, Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Iannone and Alvaro Bautista all crashing. Marc Marquez has managed to crash three times on Friday, the most of the day.

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 9pm Times: Viñales Takes Over At The Top

With the last hour of usable track time approaching, riders are starting to chase fast times. Maverick Viñales has taken over at the top of the timesheets, leapfrogging ahead of the two Ducatis. Andrea Dovizioso is now second, just ahead of his teammate, while Dani Pedrosa has made a big jump to come to fourth, ahead of Repsol Honda teammate Marc Marquez.

The coming hour promises to be frantic, with lots of riders chasing a single fast lap.

Times at 9pm local time:

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Sunday 8pm Times: Lorenzo Leads As Last Day Gets Serious

The final day of MotoGP testing at Qatar - and of the 2017 preseason - is underway. The first two hours of the test saw next to no action, as usual, but after darkness cast its cloak over the circuit, the riders got to work. 

After two hours of serious work, the Ducatis lead the test, Jorge Lorenzo sitting atop the timesheets, a quarter of a second ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Marc Marquez is currently third fastest on the Repsol Honda, and the last of the current crop of riders to break into the 1'54s. 

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Test Saturday Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the second day of the Qatar Test:

Movistar Yamaha Tops Second Qatar Test Day

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team was back on track today for the second day of the MotoGP Official Test Losail. Though the day was not without challenges, the Factory Yamaha crew persevered. Maverick Viñales was quick to get up to pace and topped the timesheets, just slightly ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi in second.

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2017 Qatar MotoGP Test Saturday Notes: A Glimpse Of The Future

As veteran MotoGP journalist Dennis Noyes pointed out on Twitter late on Saturday night, on Sunday, we will start to see some of the real truth of where everyone stands. Sunday is the last chance for the MotoGP field to do a full race simulation, putting together everything they have learned during winter testing. The last day of the test at Qatar will serve as a dress rehearsal for the race.

But Saturday gave us a quick peek at everyone's hands. The work now is more about refinement than revolution, and genuine speed is coming to the fore. The final timesheets from Saturday do not tell the whole story, but a general picture is starting to form. It is looking increasingly like the 2017 MotoGP championship is going to be fought out between Maverick Viñales and Marc Márquez. And while they focus on each other – which they are doing more and more – other riders, primarily Valentino Rossi, are waiting in the wings to strike.

Ducati show their hand

There was a little bit of revolution on display at Qatar on Saturday, however. Ducati finally rolled out their new aerodynamic solution. It is different yet again from the other four manufacturers who have shown off their winglet replacements. The top half of the fairing has been remodeled, to create a very slim nose section and a pair of large ducts, one either side. The shape and position of the ducts (see below) appear to create a very large aerodynamic surface, providing plenty of downforce.

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