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.

Jorge Lorenzo was fourth fastest, ahead of Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi. Scott Redding put in a quick lap late in the test to end in seventh spot, just ahead of Jonas Folger. Cal Crutchlow was ninth quickest, while Johann Zarco rounds out the top ten. Marc Marquez did not make it into the top ten, crashing three times on Sunday evening.

Bradley Smith showed the most improvement over the three days, gaining 2.4 seconds between Friday and Sunday. Dani Pedrosa and Alvaro Bautista cut 1.4 seconds off their slowest times. The Movistar Yamaha riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi improved by nine tenths of a second, while Jorge Lorenzo was nearly 1.1 seconds quicker.

Combined times over all three days:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.330    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.401 0.071 0.071
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.469 0.139 0.068
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:54.519 0.189 0.050
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:54.714 0.384 0.195
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.732 0.402 0.018
7 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:54.750 0.420 0.018
8 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:54.807 0.477 0.057
9 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:54.821 0.491 0.014
10 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.900 0.570 0.079
11 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.990 0.660 0.090
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.121 0.791 0.131
13 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.284 0.954 0.163
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.333 1.003 0.049
15 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.362 1.032 0.029
16 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:55.455 1.125 0.093
17 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:55.539 1.209 0.084
18 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.556 1.226 0.017
19 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.167 1.837 0.611
20 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:56.214 1.884 0.047
21 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.351 2.021 0.137
22 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.471 2.141 0.120
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:56.891 2.561 0.420

Times for all three days, ranked by improvement during test:

No Rider Bike Friday Saturday Sunday Overall Improvement
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:58.755 1:57.267 1:56.351 1:56.351 2.404
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.692 1:55.875 1:54.469 1:54.469 1.406
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:56.116 1:55.245 1:54.714 1:54.714 1.402
45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:56.085 1:55.353 1:54.750 1:54.750 1.335
53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:57.455 1:56.214 1:56.294 1:56.214 1.241
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.589 1:56.110 1:55.362 1:55.362 1.227
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:54.819 1:55.583 1:54.401 1:54.401 1.182
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:58.039 1:57.688 1:56.891 1:56.891 1.148
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:55.616 1:55.344 1:54.519 1:54.519 1.097
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.679 1:54.732 1:55.185 1:54.732 0.947
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.090 1:56.276 1:56.167 1:56.167 0.923
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.899 1:55.196 1:54.990 1:54.990 0.909
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.179 1:54.455 1:54.330 1:54.330 0.849
94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:55.640 1:54.917 1:54.807 1:54.807 0.833
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.705 1:55.354 1:54.900 1:54.900 0.805
43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:56.017 1:56.251 1:55.455 1:55.455 0.796
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.916 1:55.121 1:55.451 1:55.121 0.795
76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:56.193 1:55.808 1:55.539 1:55.539 0.654
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.420 1:55.032 1:54.821 1:54.821 0.599
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.751 1:55.545 1:55.284 1:55.284 0.467
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:55.613 1:55.420 1:55.333 1:55.333 0.280
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:55.830 1:55.680 1:55.556 1:55.556 0.274
44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.665 1:56.648 1:56.471 1:56.471 0.194

 

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Smith must know that bike better than the back of his hand, by now. He tested so many things that I think, come racing time, his teammate, who seemed to have been there chasing a laptime every time he got on track, is not going to see where he went. Just check who the least improved rider was in this test.

To be fair, Pol was already lapping roughly in the same times as Smith from the start. You may be the most improved rider, but if I start 5 seconds behind my teammate and then after 3 days I equal him, what does it actually mean?

To me, if a rider starts a test 2.2sec in front of his teammate and ends it 0.2sec behind, having improved less than 0.2sec over three days of testing, said rider has a problem improving his setup. It reminds me of Eric Granado, from Brazil, who would start well on Friday but wouldn't improve his setup, therefore would keep nearly the same laptime over the weekend and move further and further down the order. We shall see.