2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 2 Times 7pm - Marquez Fastest As Track Conditions Improve

After the customary hour or more of silence, as the riders waited for the sun to set, testing is currently in full swing on the second day at Qatar. Marc Marquez is fastest, and faster than the time set by Andrea Iannone on the first day. Jorge Lorenzo is not far off the time of the Honda, while Andrea Dovizioso follows in third. Track conditions are improved over the first day, the on-track activity having cleared much of the dust from the racing line.

Times at 7pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:55.242    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:55.500 0.258 0.258
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15 1:55.545 0.303 0.045
4 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.606 0.364 0.061
5 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:55.648 0.406 0.042
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.983 0.741 0.335
7 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:55.984 0.742 0.001
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.026 0.784 0.042
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:56.084 0.842 0.058
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:56.136 0.894 0.052
11 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:56.473 1.231 0.337
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.711 1.469 0.238
13 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.2 1:56.716 1.474 0.005
14 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:56.724 1.482 0.008
15 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:56.762 1.520 0.038
16 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:56.936 1.694 0.174
17 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15 1:56.948 1.706 0.012
18 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 1:57.145 1.903 0.197
19 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:57.489 2.247 0.344
20 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 1:57.566 2.324 0.077
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 1:57.627 2.385 0.061
22 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 1:57.663 2.421 0.036
23 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:57.884 2.642 0.221
24 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:58.253 3.011 0.369
25 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 1:58.473 3.231 0.220
26 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:59.415 4.173 0.942

 

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Comments

Unlike the testing results we saw previously, these results are much more likely to reflect an actual starting grid.

I doubt Iannone will be in 17th after qualifying on a Grand Prix weekend. Also, Karel Abraham managed a creditable 15th yesterday, and he's a fair bit further down today (which, with all due respect, is a bit more likely).

I have to believe there's more to be seen yet from this test. The riders are arranging themselves in a more familiar order, sure, but the results have been unremarkable.

The top nine qualifiers in 2014 broke into the 1'54"s. At this rate, I'd still expect plenty of improvement before they wrap up.