2018 Qatar MotoGP Test Thursday 7:30pm Times: Viñales Ahead Of Lorenzo And Rossi

The Movistar Yamahas are getting up to speed in Qatar, with Maverick Viñales currently leading the pack at 7:30pm, and 90 minutes of the test left. With the race due to start at 7pm, this is a key part of the test.

Viñales has a comfortable lead of nearly four tenths of a second ahead of Jorge Lorenzo on the factory Ducati, who is in turn just  a few thousandths quicker than Valentino Rossi on the second Movistar Yamaha. Andrea Iannone is fourth on the Suzuki, ahead of Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci, and the three Hondas of LCR's Cal Crutchlow, and the Repsol duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa has had a couple of crashes already, though so far without incident.

Times at 7:30pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.053    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:55.423 0.370 0.370
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.432 0.379 0.009
4 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.483 0.430 0.051
5 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:55.528 0.475 0.045
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.536 0.483 0.008
7 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.545 0.492 0.009
8 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.555 0.502 0.010
9 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.612 0.559 0.057
10 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:55.797 0.744 0.185
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.083 1.030 0.286
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:56.173 1.120 0.090
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.207 1.154 0.034
14 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.275 1.222 0.068
15 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:56.451 1.398 0.176
16 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:56.463 1.410 0.012
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:56.554 1.501 0.091
18 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:56.571 1.518 0.017
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:56.608 1.555 0.037
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:56.731 1.678 0.123
21 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.738 1.685 0.007
22 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.841 1.788 0.103
23 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:57.520 2.467 0.679
24 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:57.957 2.904 0.437
2017 Pole time: 2017 Maverick Viñales 1:54.316
Fastest lap in the 2017 race: 2017 Johann Zarco 1:55.990
Circuit Race Record Lap: 2016 Jorge Lorenzo 1:54.927
Best ever lap at the circuit: 2008 Jorge Lorenzo 1:53.927
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are the HRC Hondas? With little over thirty minutes left Crutchlow leads Márquez by ONE thousand of a second and Marc lead Dani by exactly the same margin behind!

One of the big reasons I’m still entranced by this level of racing after 40 years, how, why....!!??

The superb analysis should be interesting because IF this is a track/temperature combination that gives us a more even picture than the previous two then maybe Honda don’t have clear water, maybe Suzuki have got the motor right, maybe George and Maverick aren’t going to jump off the same bridge and maybe Valentino makes a mockery of age. Actually, that’s not a maybe..