2017 Qatar MotoGP Saturday 10pm Times: Times Tighten At The Top

The riders all upped their game as the second day of the MotoGP test at Qatar neared its final hour, and riders start clocking off. Maverick Viñales remains quickest, having improved his time by half a second, and lapping under Jorge Lorenzo's pole time from last March. Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi took a big step forward, the veteran taking second spot and closing to within three tenths of a second.

Jonas Folger became the fourth rider to crack the 1'54s, currently sitting in third place, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda. Aleix Espargaro put in a quick lap to take fifth, ahead of Marc Marquez. Alvaro Bautista is seventh, while Jorge Lorenzo is eighth, and ahead of his teammate.

As track conditions become treacherous after 10pm, most riders are starting to had back into the pits. Few will want to risk crashing on the night dew which forms on the track after ten.

Times at 10pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.455    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.732 0.277 0.277
3 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.917 0.462 0.185
4 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.032 0.577 0.115
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.121 0.666 0.089
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.196 0.741 0.075
7 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:55.245 0.790 0.049
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.344 0.889 0.099
9 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.354 0.899 0.010
10 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.420 0.965 0.066
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:55.583 1.128 0.163
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.680 1.225 0.097
13 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:55.699 1.244 0.019
14 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.808 1.353 0.109
15 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.875 1.420 0.067
16 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.960 1.505 0.085
17 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.110 1.655 0.150
18 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.759 0.104
19 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.251 1.796 0.037
20 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.276 1.821 0.025
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.648 2.193 0.372
22 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:57.688 3.233 1.040
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:57.791 3.336 0.103


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Congrats to Alvaro Bautista, fastest Ducati on last years bike, Perhaps A.B. is not distrcted by the new aero junk. Go A.B.

Good to see K. Abraham put in a quick lap. He has some good pace. even on the Gp15. I guess Karel Abraham did not like SBK, seems he is really trying. I wonder about Karel. Obviuosly he can ride the bike but he has been inconsistant to say the least. I hope he will do his best for the entire season. That would be good for the team and K.A. I do not want to see a return to the way Karel was going previously before he left MotoGp. I really hope K.A. does the full season in 2017. Maybe he is happier doing track days on his dad's circuit?

Is no one going to comment Aprilia?

Sure they will probably fair worse in races, but 0.666 off of first place in testing is great!
I share a lot of love for the little factory that could. Apart from an RS125 being my first bike, they are an amazing outfit, such a tiny factory from Noale that used to take the big factories by storm even when they weren't backed up by Piaggio.

They seem to be working quietly behind the scene. Most of the spotlight is on the big three: Yamaha, Honda and Aprilia
After that Suzuki and KTM see the spotlight and then there's Aprilia, under a garage light slowly tinkering away.


I too have a bit of a soft spot for Aprilia, and I'm pleased to see them doing well in this test. I'm hoping for good things from them this year, as they seemed to be getting better towards the end of the season last year. They're definitely in a better space than when they were running the Cube! I'm also kind of hoping they decide to put some time into doing a Moto 3 bike.

Also: my first bike is an RS 125.


I can imagine Aleix Espargaro at this point in time not feeling too bad anymore about having to leave Suzuki...

It would be great if he can keep this trend going, both for him and Aprilia. Now I know he did exceptionally well before at Qatar, when he was on the Forward Yamaha, so maybe this is just a good place for him, but the bike can't be far off when you're at 0.6 seconds from the top after two days testing. And in front of all the Ducatis. Interesting development.