2018 Qatar MotoGP Test Friday Final Times: Iannone Fastest Overall On Second Day

Andrea Iannone has ended the second day of testing at Qatar on top of the timesheets, the Ecstar Suzuki rider putting in a quick lap at the end of the test to just squeeze ahead of Andrea Dovizioso. The factory Ducati rider ended the test in second, four hundredths of a second behind Iannone, but having done a quick long run at around race time. 

Marc Marquez made a big improvement, the Repsol Honda rider ending the day in third, under two tenths behind Iannone, and just ahead of Johann Zarco, the Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider making it four different bikes in the top four. Alex Rins put the second Suzuki into fifth spot, four tenths behind his teammate, again with a fast lap at the end of the day. Cal Crutchlow finished in sixth on the LCR Honda, and was the last rider to crack the 1'55 barrier.

Maverick Viñales was the fastest of the factory Yamahas in seventh spot, only a little slower than Crutchlow, and over a tenth faster than the Pramac Ducati pairing of Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller. Dani Pedrosa rounded out the top ten on the second Repsol Honda, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, while Aleix Espargaro was the fastest Aprilia in twelfth. The first fourteen riders all finished within a second of fastest man Iannone.

A couple of riders didn't improve their times from Thursday. In the combined standings, Jorge Lorenzo was over a tenth slower on the second day, the Spaniard spending much of the day on the version of the Ducati without the winglets. Alvaro Bautista was also slower on the second day, his time on Friday a quarter of a second slower than he had achieved on Thursday. Tom Luthi was the most improved rider, nearly a second quicker than he had been yesterday, and Marc Marquez was the most improved of the factory riders, nearly eight tenths faster than he had been on Thursday, suggesting he had focused entirely on race pace and testing on Thursday.

The riders take to the track for one last time on Saturday. The last half hour of Saturday's test will be done in the wet, to see if it is possible to hold a race at night if it rains at Qatar.

Final times from Friday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.586    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:54.627 0.041 0.041
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.753 0.167 0.126
4 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.874 0.288 0.121
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.967 0.381 0.093
6 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:54.992 0.406 0.025
7 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.051 0.465 0.059
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:55.188 0.602 0.137
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:55.236 0.650 0.048
10 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.282 0.696 0.046
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.316 0.730 0.034
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.460 0.874 0.144
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:55.539 0.953 0.079
14 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:55.562 0.976 0.023
15 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.708 1.122 0.146
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:55.798 1.212 0.090
17 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:55.875 1.289 0.077
18 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:55.876 1.290 0.001
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:56.074 1.488 0.198
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:56.104 1.518 0.030
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:56.263 1.677 0.159
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:56.295 1.709 0.032
23 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:56.795 2.209 0.500
24 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:57.218 2.632 0.423

Combined times from Thursday and Friday:

No Rider Bike Thursday Friday Two days Improvement
29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.107 1:54.586 1:54.586 -0.521
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:55.104 1:54.627 1:54.627 -0.477
93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.545 1:54.753 1:54.753 -0.792
5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:55.186 1:54.874 1:54.874 -0.312
42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.432 1:54.967 1:54.967 -0.465
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.536 1:54.992 1:54.992 -0.544
25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.053 1:55.051 1:55.051 -0.002
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:55.528 1:55.188 1:55.188 -0.340
43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:55.688 1:55.236 1:55.236 -0.452
26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:55.555 1:55.282 1:55.282 -0.273
46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.432 1:55.316 1:55.316 -0.116
99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:55.423 1:55.562 1:55.423 +0.139
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.062 1:55.460 1:55.460 -0.602
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:55.853 1:55.539 1:55.539 -0.314
45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.931 1:55.708 1:55.708 -0.223
38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:56.421 1:55.798 1:55.798 -0.623
19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:55.848 1:56.104 1:55.848 +0.256
53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:56.029 1:55.875 1:55.875 -0.154
17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:56.268 1:55.876 1:55.876 -0.392
21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:56.608 1:56.074 1:56.074 -0.534
55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:56.731 1:56.263 1:56.263 -0.468
44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.275   1:56.275  
12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:57.292 1:56.295 1:56.295 -0.997
10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:57.713 1:56.795 1:56.795 -0.918
36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16   1:57.218 1:57.218  

Circuit records:

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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riding without winglets and according to some on CRASH a brew of '17 and '18, oh AND being too smooth.  Whatever the reason(s) I was really hoping he would have had it sorted before the start of the season, bugger.

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If it happens again, please send me details. Maybe there is a setting I can tweak to prevent this from happening.

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Dear David, looking at the tables I appreciate the Ducatis are divided in GP18, 17 and 16. I would suggest to mention Hondas and Yamahas as well, since Nakagami, Morbidelli and Luthi are riding a 2017 RC-V, as well as Zarco and Syahrin are seated on 2017 M1s (or kind of hybrid 2016-2018 but probably not same as factory Movistar team). Isn't that correct?

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Yes and no. Ducati refers to their bikes as such, and they truly are that machine for their 3rd and pay-to-play-backmarker 4th teams. Honda is a bit more straightforward than Yamaha with regard to what Mark VDS is running, but Taka's bike for instance looks to be a hybrid. Tech3 has hybrid bikes (newer motor, some updates). The chassis for Zarco is 2016, chassis for Pescau is 2017 (there were around 3 and we would have to say which particular one). Even Vale and Maverick are running two different bike specs now. It gets complicated quickly.

 

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