2019 Qatar MotoGP Test Monday Final Times: Viñales Fastest As Yamahas Crowd Top Times

Maverick Viñales ended the final day of preseason testing for the MotoGP class as fastest, leading a Yamaha domination of the top of the timesheets. With Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo in second and Franco Morbidelli in sixth, and Viñales' Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi in fourth, all four Yamahas put in fast times at the end of the session.

The Repsol Honda team were the only spoilers in the Yamaha clean sweep, Marc Marquez ending as third fastest, Jorge Lorenzo as fifth fastest. Pol Espargaro impressed on the KTM, finishing in seventh, and improving his time from yesterday by seven tenths of a second. Takaaki Nakagami was eighth quickest on the LCR Honda, while Danilo Petrucci set the ninth best time on the factory Ducati. Petrucci did a full race simulation on the last day, putting in 23 laps, most of which in the mid 1'55s. Jack Miller rounds out the top ten.

Testing is now done, and the riders head home for a week, before returning to Qatar for the start of the season, with practice kicking off on 8th March at the Losail International Circuit.

Final times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.208    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:54.441 0.233 0.233
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.613 0.405 0.172
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.651 0.443 0.038
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 1:54.653 0.445 0.002
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:54.660 0.452 0.007
7 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:54.770 0.562 0.110
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:54.789 0.581 0.019
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:54.818 0.610 0.029
10 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 1:54.851 0.643 0.033
11 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.852 0.644 0.001
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.997 0.789 0.145
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:55.074 0.866 0.077
14 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:55.229 1.021 0.155
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:55.233 1.025 0.004
16 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.343 1.135 0.110
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.690 1.482 0.347
18 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:55.773 1.565 0.083
19 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.814 1.606 0.041
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.072 1.864 0.258
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 1:56.121 1.913 0.049
22 5 Johann Zarco KTM RC16 1:56.162 1.954 0.041
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 1:56.371 2.163 0.209

Circuit records and best time in testing:

Year No Rider Bike Time Event
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.029 Qatar Test
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:53.680 Qualifying
2016 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:54.927 Race
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Comments

It’s seems that on their day virtually everyone has the chance of a good result. Funny how, when the wick was really turned up the Suzuki’s faded, or are they happy with their race pace? I’m not a fanboy of anyone but did say from the Valencia test onwards how Quartararo was impressing me; he still is! I’m sure Mr Emmett will bring his cool analytical gaze to proceedings soon and calm my confused mind..