Vinales Leads Yamaha 1-2-3 on Day Two in Qatar


Maverick Vinales’ sensation pre-season continued as Yamaha locked out the top three places on the second evening at Losail. The Spaniard led a factory 1-2 ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi while Tech 3 rookie Jonas Folger completed the top three. The day’s headlines were also dominated by Ducati who debuted a radical new aerodynamic fairing.

Vinales, who has now topped the timesheets at all four official winter tests, found three quarters of a second on his Friday best to beat Andrea Dovizioso’s overall benchmark. The Italian was attracting plenty of attention with the aerodynamic development on his Desmosedici GP, already being dubbed the ‘Hammerhead’ fairing, although it didn’t help him climb any higher than thirteenth on the night.

Light drizzle midway through the session caused a couple of light crashes with Rossi losing control of his YZR-M1 in a low side. ‘The Doctor’ soon returned to the track and a 1:54.732 on his final run of the night saw him climb to second, the most competitive the nine-time champion has looked at any stage this winter.

Folger’s third place was arguably the performance of the day with the German the only other rider to clock a 1:54s lap. The youngster edged out Cal Crutchlow who retained his status as the top Honda rider while Aleix Espargaro finished a superb fifth for Aprilia.

World champion Marc Marquez enjoyed a smoother second day after crashing twice on Friday but the no.93 still languished back in sixth, just ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Jorge Lorenzo was the pacesetter early in the afternoon before sunset but eventually tumbled to eighth after a crash while Scott Redding and Johann Zarco completed the top ten.

 

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

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
125. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:54.455
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:54.732
394. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:54.917
435. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:55.032
541. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:55.121
693. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.196
719. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:55.245
899. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:55.344
945. Scott ReddingDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:55.353
105. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.354
1117. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team1:55.420
1229. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.545
134. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.583
149. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:55.680
1576. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:55.808
1626. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.875
1742. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.110
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.214
1943. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.251
2022. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:56.276
2144. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:56.648
2238. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.267
2364. Mika KallioKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.688