The Qatar MotoGP test got off to a slow start as expected, with nothing moving on track until an hour after the track had opened. First to venture out was the rookie Iker Lecuona, soon after joined by other rookies.
At the 5pm mark, four hours into the test, it was Maverick Viñales atop the timesheets, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider still four tenths off the race lap record at a track where he has spent the winter training. The two factory Ducatis follow, Dannilo Petrucci a fraction quicker than teammate Andrea Dovizioso, and both less than a tenth slower than Viñales. Dovizioso has been testing a new exhaust on the GP20, although there is more of a buzz at the Pramac garage, where Jack Miller is continuing to work on the rear-lowering system based on the holeshot device.
That device works in the same way as the holeshot device, making the rear squat for better acceleration, but Miller appears to be able to activate it while riding.
Joan Mir is the fastest Suzuki rider, Alex Rins having only just taken to the track. Mir is currently in fourth, ahead of Franco Morbidelli on the A-spec Petronas Yamaha. Aleix Espargaro continues to post impressive times on the brand new Aprilia RS-GP, less than three tenths slower than Viñales, and already quicker than his best race lap at Qatar in March last year.
Testing finishes at 8pm local time, with the period around 6pm, which is race time in Qatar, expected to be the most important.
Times at 5pm local time:
|1||12||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||1:55.388|
|2||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP20||1:55.442||0.054||0.054|
|3||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP20||1:55.478||0.090||0.036|
|4||36||Joan Mir||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:55.536||0.148||0.058|
|5||21||Franco Morbidelli||Yamaha M1||1:55.680||0.292||0.144|
|6||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||1:55.685||0.297||0.005|
|7||20||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha M1||1:55.694||0.306||0.009|
|8||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:56.069||0.681||0.375|
|9||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:56.088||0.700||0.019|
|10||43||Jack Miller||Ducati GP20||1:56.176||0.788||0.088|
|11||93||Marc Márquez||Honda RC213V||1:56.479||1.091||0.303|
|12||88||Miguel Oliveira||KTM RC16||1:56.492||1.104||0.013|
|13||30||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||1:56.493||1.105||0.001|
|14||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:56.573||1.185||0.080|
|15||5||Johann Zarco||Ducati GP19||1:56.610||1.222||0.037|
|16||73||Alex Márquez||Honda RC213V||1:56.783||1.395||0.173|
|17||53||Tito Rabat||Ducati GP19||1:56.848||1.460||0.065|
|18||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:56.859||1.471||0.011|
|19||63||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati GP20||1:57.066||1.678||0.207|
|20||27||Iker Lecuona||KTM RC16||1:57.485||2.097||0.419|
|21||38||Bradley Smith||Aprilia RS-GP||1:57.610||2.222||0.125|
|22||33||Brad Binder||KTM RC16||1:57.848||2.460||0.238|