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Old 03-04-2016, 04:43 AM   #1
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MotoGP Qatar test Thursdays final times

Viales takes over the top spot on the timesheets on day two

MotoGP Qatar test Thursdays final times



THE SECOND day of testing in Qatar has seen young Maverick Viñales lead the way with the top three manufacturers split by under 0.1s.

Once again it was Hiroshi Aoyama and Michele Pirro who were the first out of the pits at the Qatar Test before the rest of the field floodd out as track conditions improved a couple of hours later.

Valentino Rossi was the first non-test rider out on track, but quickly returned to his box after only one lap. The Italian did return to the track not long after and took to the top of the time-sheets during the early stages.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Rossi's Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo then began to battle it out for the top spot just before the halfway point of the test on day two.

Ducati continued to show their improvements throughout the off-season as Andrea Iannone, Hector Barbera and Scott Redding sat in the top five throughout the day.

Aside from their own testing plans, the MotoGP riders are also testing new tyre options brought by Michelin to the Losail International Circuit. Many riders were also able to do race simulations on the new Michelin tyres. Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso and Loris Baz all put in the longest consecutive runs of the test so far.

With under three hours to go, Viñales set a 1:55.436 to top the second day of testing. This was the fastest lap of the test so far and proved that his Phillip Island performance was not just a one off.

Iannone continued his run as the top Ducati rider with a 1:55.508, 0.072s back on Viñales’ fastest time. The Ducati Team rider completed 41 laps as he focused on smaller runs of five or six laps to allow for continual adjustments in the garage.

Lorenzo made it three different manufacturers within 0.1s at the top. The triple MotoGP World Champion set a 1:55.535 to end 0.099s behind Viñales on the second day. This time was just 0.1s back on his best time from Wednesday ending the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP man in second on combined times.

Seventh on day two and 0.421s back on Viñales was Dani Pedrosa. Qatar has proven to be a difficult track for Honda in recent years and this test has shown no changes. Pedrosa did manage to finish ahead of Rossi who finished in eighth on the second day and almost half a second behind his team-mate once again.

Marquez made an explosive start to the test and almost immediately improved his best time by half a second during his opening laps. Unfortunately a fast crash at Turn 1 saw him unable to improve his time. His 1:56.046 was an improvement of half a second over Wednesday, but finished ninth overall.

Completing the top ten was Aleix Espargaro who was able to sample the fully seamless gearbox on his Team Suzuki Ecstar machine for the first time. Lap time was not on the agenda for the Suzuki Ecstar Team as their main priority was gauging how reliable the gearbox is and whether to implement it for the first race.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro finished directly behind his older brother in the standings, ending 11th and 0.047s slower.

There was disappointment for Cal Crutchlow who ended the second day in 13th and unable to improve his time from the Wednesday. The LCR Honda rider managed 50 laps on the second day, the third most of any rider.

Yonny Hernandez led Tito Rabat as the pair rounded out the top 15.

With just 14 laps completed, Bradley Smith chose to save his limited tyres for several longer runs on Friends whilst Eugene Laverty finished 0.403s behind the Brit.

Having only recently revealed their new bike, both Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl continue to work well within the limits of the engine as Aprilia are still uncertain of the reliability. Bautista ended the day 18th with Bradl down in 22nd.

Testing resumes on Friday.

1

VIÑALES, Maverick

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

1:55.436

28 / 42

2

IANNONE, Andrea

Ducati Team

1:55.508

0.072

25 / 41

3

LORENZO, Jorge

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

1:55.535

0.099

14 / 48

4

REDDING, Scott

Octo Pramac Yakhnich

1:55.677

0.241

32 / 43

5

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

1:55.815

0.379

20 / 35

6

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

1:55.856

0.420

40 / 46

7

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

1:55.857

0.421

42 / 42

8

ROSSI, Valentino

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

1:55.947

0.511

24 / 56

9

MARQUEZ, Marc

Repsol Honda Team

1:56.046

0.610

4 / 42

10

ESPARGARO, Aleix

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

1:56.126

0.690

20 / 32

11

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

1:56.173

0.737

16 / 30

12

BAZ, Loris

Avintia Racing

1:56.427

0.991

27 / 45

13

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

LCR Honda

1:56.584

1.148

48 / 50

14

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Aspar MotoGP Team

1:56.667

1.231

13 / 38

15

RABAT, Tito

EG 0.0 Marc VDS

1:57.263

1.827

29 / 49

16

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

1:57.267

1.831

7 / 14

17

LAVERTY, Eugene

Aspar MotoGP Team

1:57.670

2.234

25 / 41

18

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

1:57.721

2.285

28 / 36

19

MILLER, Jack

EG 0.0 Marc VDS

1:57.789

2.353

4 / 20

20

PIRRO, Michele

Octo Pramac Yakhnich

1:58.113

2.677

16 / 21

21

AOYAMA, Hiroshi

HRC Test Team

1:58.347

2.911

60 / 62

22

BRADL, Stefan

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

1:58.418

2.982

8 / 16





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