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:
|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|