2017 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Destroys The Field

Maverick Viñales has not just picked up where he left off during testing, but picked it up a notch as well. The Movistar Yamaha rider led for most of the session, only relinquishing top spot for a few minutes towards the end of the session as the other riders started chasing a fast lap. But as the final minutes ticked away, Viñales laid down a couple of punishing laps, to seize control of the session. His fastest lap wa sa 1'54.319, a hundredth of a second faster than his best lap at the test in Qatar two weeks ago.

Marc Marquez was forced to settle for second, his best lap nearly six tenths slower than Viñales, though his pace was much closer to the Yamaha rider's. Marquez finished three tenths ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, the Spanish veteran clearly invigorated over the off season.

Jonas Folger has been the revelation of the off season, and he has carried that speed into the first session of practice. Folger finished the session in fourth, four tenths behind Pedrosa, and a fraction of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on the Ducati. Loris Baz pushed for a quick lap at the very end, jumping up to sixth place, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda. Crutchlow had a difficult start to the season, forced to pull over at the start after oil appeared on his boot, then appearing to suffer something similar towards the end.

Johann Zarco took eighth in the session, joining his Tech 3 teammate in the top ten, and ending just seven thousandths ahead of Valentino Rossi in ninth. Rossi had a tough start, struggling to find some pace and only getting into the top ten at the very end. Aleix Espargaro rounds out the top ten on the Aprilia.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.316    
2 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'54.912 0.596 0.596
3 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'55.210 0.894 0.298
4 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha 1'55.587 1.271 0.377
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1'55.607 1.291 0.020
6 76 Loris Baz Ducati 1'55.624 1.308 0.017
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.639 1.323 0.015
8 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha 1'55.792 1.476 0.153
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.799 1.483 0.007
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.872 1.556 0.073
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.873 1.557 0.001
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati 1'56.000 1.684 0.127
13 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1'56.027 1.711 0.027
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1'56.128 1.812 0.101
15 17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'56.399 2.083 0.271
16 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'56.419 2.103 0.020
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'56.453 2.137 0.034
18 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'56.502 2.186 0.049
19 53 Tito Rabat Honda 1'56.725 2.409 0.223
20 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'56.725 2.409  
21 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'57.630 3.314 0.905
22 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1'57.887 3.571 0.257
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM 1'58.114 3.798 0.227


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If he keeps this up we are in for a heck of a race and possible a helluva season. I am really happy Jorge has gotten up to speed quickly. Let's hope for a dry race and that Jorge/Folger/Rossi continue to improve their times as the race weekend continues.


Did Crutchlow lose an engine tonight when it started smoking or did he get irn switched off quickly??

do the teams have to report when they retire an engine?

If Crutchlow lost an engine in the first session of the first round of the season, then I'm sure you'll hear about it from him soon enough!

Go Maverick. Everyone else is in a flat spin!

Folger & Zarco faster than VR46? JLo99 only a gnat's whisker faster than Loris Baz! that was not in the script. Redleg looks better on the Duc than on the blue bike.

Valentino Rossi slowest of all the Yamahas dear oh dear. not as quick as the rookies, so experience counts for nought.

A.E.41 on the Aprillia Quicker than Dovi in lap time at least, probably not so rapid a top speed. yes 10km/h slower

A.B. 19 best top speed on the old Duc ?

Sam Lowes over two seconds per lap slower than his team-mate, crikey I home Sam gets going before Sunday night.

I thought Jack Assen would have been faster than his team-mate Tito, not much in it, but I hope they improve asap.

Yeah MV25 was fast in FP1, but let's not give him the trophy just yet. That's why we hold the race. Don't count out VR46, MM93 JL99 or AD04 just yet.. Personally I am glad to see JZ05 right up there.  It will be great if MV25 goes head to head with MM93 all season.  One thing of which I am quite confident - 2017 is going to be one hell of a season!  Let the games begin! As we all know when the  red lights go out the BS stops.