2018 Qatar MotoGP Test Saturday 7pm Times: Zarco Nears Outright Lap Record

Johann Zarco has topped the timesheets with two hours left of the Qatar MotoGP test, with a stunning lap which got him to within a tenth of a second of the outright pole lap. The Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider came up just short of Jorge Lorenzo's 2008 pole record, set back when MotoGP still had special one-lap qualifying tires.

Zarco's outright time is way quicker than the opposition can manage. Cal Crutchlow is currently second, four tenths slower than the Frenchman, while Alex Rins is a further two tenths behind Crutchlow on the Suzuki GSX-RR. Danilo Petrucci leads a trio of Ducati GP18s, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

With an hour left of the test, many riders will be embarking on a long run or race simulation to test their setup at the same time the race is scheduled to be run. Track action will stop at 8pm, and the track will be covered with water for a wet race test from 8:30pm to 9pm.

Times at 7pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.029    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:54.457 0.428 0.428
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.650 0.621 0.193
4 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:54.659 0.630 0.009
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:54.692 0.663 0.033
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:54.748 0.719 0.056
7 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:54.774 0.745 0.026
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.878 0.849 0.104
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:55.048 1.019 0.170
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:55.132 1.103 0.084
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.232 1.203 0.100
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:55.239 1.210 0.007
13 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:55.273 1.244 0.034
14 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:55.300 1.271 0.027
15 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:55.347 1.318 0.047
16 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:55.465 1.436 0.118
17 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:55.489 1.460 0.024
18 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:55.566 1.537 0.077
19 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.595 1.566 0.029
20 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:55.721 1.692 0.126
21 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:55.978 1.949 0.257
22 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:56.122 2.093 0.144
23 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:56.339 2.310 0.217
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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