2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Friday 2:30pm Times: Marquez Leads Dovizioso As Syahrin Debuts

Marc Marquez leads the way after the first five hours of testing at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider just a fraction faster than his rival from last year, Andrea Dovizoso. Given the comments last night that the track was a lot like Austria, then to see Marquez and Dovizioso with a clear advantage should hardly surprise.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco is currently third quickest, nearly four tenths behind Marquez, and a fraction ahead of Movistar Yamaha man (and 39th birthday boy) Valentino Rossi. Danilo Petrucci is fifth fastest on the Pramac Ducati, while Andrea Iannone has the ECSTAR Suzuki in sixth at the moment.

As Johann Zarco predicted on Thursday, the times are very close. Apart from Marquez and Dovizioso, there are a big bunch of riders within a second, from Zarco in third all they way down to Bradley Smith in nineteenth. Hafizh Syahrin has made a relatively successful debut so far, 3.1 seconds behind Marquez, and just over a second behind Tom Luthi, on the Swiss rider's second outing on a MotoGP machine.

There have been a fair few crashes at Turn 12, the final sharp corner onto the front straight and a very tricky point on the track. Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa, and Alvaro Bautista have all fallen there, though all without consequences. The heat has forced everyone into their garages, though the problem is more the track temperature than the air temperature. Reaction so far from rider is that the lack of humidity compared to Sepang is making the heat much more manageable.

Times at 2:30pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 0.033 0.033
3 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 0.393 0.360
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.331 0.419 0.026
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.487 0.575 0.156
6 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.525 0.613 0.038
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.531 0.619 0.006
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:31.537 0.625 0.006
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.588 0.676 0.051
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.662 0.750 0.074
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:31.713 0.801 0.051
12 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.731 0.819 0.018
13 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.925 1.013 0.194
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.971 1.059 0.046
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:32.009 1.097 0.038
16 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.029 1.117 0.020
17 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:32.059 1.147 0.030
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:32.059 1.147 0.000
19 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:32.248 1.336 0.189
20 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:32.601 1.689 0.353
21 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1.837 0.148
22 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.767 1.855 0.018
23 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.937 2.025 0.170
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:34.041 3.129 1.104
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Anyone with some local insight know how the humidity at the test compares to the likely conditions on the race weekend in October?

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