Vinales Completes Testing Clean Sweep


Maverick Vinales will head into the MotoGP season opener as favourite for victory after ending all four pre-season tests as the fastest rider. The Spaniard set the pace on the final evening of running at Losail ahead of Andrea Dovizioso to add to his timesheet-topping performances in Valencia, Malaysia and Australia.

Ducati had turned heads on day two with the debut of their new ‘Hammerhead’ fairing but it was Honda’s turn to roll out aerodynamic upgrades on Sunday night with their own aero-fairing. While Dani Pedrosa enjoyed a positive day though, Marc Marquez had another session dominated by crashes with the reigning champion finishing down in tenth as a result.

Ducati had reverted back to their previous fairing and Dovizioso took the Desmosedici to second place, just seven hundredths down on Vinales. Pedrosa took third for Repsol Honda while Jorge Lorenzo confirmed Ducati’s impressive pace around Losail, finishing 0.189s adrift in fourth.

Despite a crash of his own, Alvaro Bautista finished fifth on the Aspar Ducati GP16 while Scott Redding closed a tricky winter on a high in sixth. Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s rookie line-up signed off in impressive fashion with Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco seventh and ninth, either side of Cal Crutchlow, while Valentino Rossi heads into the season opener with more questions than answers after only managing eleventh.

 

2017 MotoGP Official Pre-Season Test: Losail (Day Three)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:54.330
24. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:54.401
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:54.469
499. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:54.519
519. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:54.714
645. Scott ReddingDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:54.750
794. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:54.807
835. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:54.821
95. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:54.900
1093. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:54.990
1146. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.185
1229. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.284
1317. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:55.333
1442. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.362
1541. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:55.451
1643. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:55.455
1776. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:55.539
189. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:55.556
1922. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:56.167
2053. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.294
2138. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:56.351
2244. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:56.471
2364. Mika KallioKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:56.891