2017 Qatar MotoGP Friday 10pm Times: Dovizioso Leads Some Surprise Names

With an hour of the first day of the MotoGP test at Qatar to go, the Ducatis have taken over at the top of the timesheets. Andrea Dovizioso is already under Jorge Lorenzo's race lap record, set here last year, and is over a third of a second clear of the field. Maverick Viñales is currently second on the Movistar Yamaha, a quarter of a second ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda.

Behind Crutchlow, some surprise names appear. Fourth fastest at this point of the test is Karel Abraham, the Czech rider posting an impressive time on the Aspar Ducati GP15. Jorge Lorenzo is just four thousandths of a second slower than Abraham, and just ahead of the surprising Jonas Folger. The German was impressive at Phillip Island on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, and is impressive here.

Valentino Rossi sits in seventh spot, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda, with Folger's Tech 3 teammate Johann Zarco in ninth. Andrea Iannone is the first Suzuki rider in tenth.

Marc Marquez is currently down the order in twelfth, but the Spaniard lost a little time after he crashed his Repsol Honda. Marquez was testing Honda's new aerodynamic package, different again to the Yamaha, Suzuki and Aprilia fairings, two large bulges tacked on to the nose of the RC213V, exactly where the winglets were last year. Ducati was expected to debut their aero package at Qatar, but so far, there has been no sign of it.

Times at 10pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.818    
2 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.179 0.361 0.361
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.421 0.603 0.242
4 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.613 0.795 0.192
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.617 0.799 0.004
6 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.641 0.823 0.024
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.679 0.861 0.038
8 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.691 0.873 0.012
9 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.704 0.886 0.013
10 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.751 0.933 0.047
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.829 1.011 0.078
12 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.900 1.082 0.071
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.915 1.097 0.015
14 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.017 1.199 0.102
15 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:56.084 1.266 0.067
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:56.116 1.298 0.032
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:56.193 1.375 0.077
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.589 1.771 0.396
19 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.666 1.848 0.077
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.091 2.273 0.425
21 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:57.456 2.638 0.365
22 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.039 3.221 0.583
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:58.754 3.936 0.715


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Desmo power down that long straight I guess, having trouble with the MotoGp site. so not sure. Top speeds anyone?

Crickey that Repsol Honda looks aweful with the new "aero" fairing, imho it is ugly.

Good to see Cal at the fast end of the field, nice that A. E. on the Aprilia doing so well.

VR46 seventh & not much quicker than Zarco, interesting. Part-timer & moto2 rider Mika Kallio seven tenths faster than fulltime MotoGp professional Bradley Smith. B. Smith 2 seconds a lap slower than his teammate Pol, I hope Bradley finds his mojo soon.

A test is a test is a test I guess, but I never imagined seeing Karel that far up the ranks.

I'm pretty happy about Johan's and Jonas' pace, they seem to be consistently good, although Zarco is a clear favorite of mine between the two. He's a gentleman's gentleman and I like how touched he was when he heard Valentino giving him praises.

The Aliens have been all around the timesheets these few tests, I wonder how it will all stack up when the first race comes.

I know the KTM is a new bike, but Smith has been running at or near the back of the pack--and well behind Pol--in every testing session so far. Do you think he's still struggling with last year's injury, or is the bike really just giving him fits (or some combo)?