Iannone Leads As Ducati Dominate Day One In Qatar

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Andrea Iannone led a Ducati 1-2 on Saturday as the final MotoGP pre-season test got underway under the floodlights at Losail. The new GP15 impressed many straight out of the box in Malaysia and Iannone underlined its promise, edging out his teammate Andrea Dovizioso and reigning champion Marc Marquez.

The session didn’t start well for Valentino Rossi and Movistar Yamaha, the Italian crashing shortly before sunset, but his compatriots were competitive from the outset, Iannone and Dovizioso breaking into the 1:55s. Aleix Espargaro was another rider to start quickly on the ever-improving Suzuki but the Spaniard was soon relegated from third by Marquez.

The field was incredibly closely matched behind the top four with just a tenth of a second covering five riders from fifth-placed Dani Pedrosa to Bradley Smith in ninth. That group included the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi with the team having decided between Sepang 2 and Losail to run their new seamless gearbox on a permanent basis in 2015. Lorenzo and Rossi were sixth and eighth respectively, sandwiching CWM-LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, while Bradley Smith and Scott Redding completed the top ten on a promising night for the British riders.

The rookies experienced mixed fortunes with Maverick Vinales damaging both of his Suzuki GSX-RR machines in accidents, forcing him to end his evening early, but the production-spec Hondas made gains, allowing Jack Miller to finish within two seconds of the ultimate pace.


2015 MotoGP Testing: Losail – March 14

1 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati Team 1:55.265
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 1:55.363
3 Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:55.554
4 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Team Suzuki MotoGP 1:55.698
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 1:55.813
6 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:55.828
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda CWM LCR Honda 1:55.837
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1:55.938
9 Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:55.954
10 Scott Redding Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1:56.112
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Team Suzuki MotoGP 1:56.130
12 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Pramac Racing 1:56.132
13 Yonny Hernandez Ducati Pramac Racing 1:56.301
14 Pol Espargaro Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:56.615
15 Karel Abraham Honda AB Motoracing 1:56.638
16 Mike di Meglio Ducati Avintia Racing 1:56.719
17 Nicky Hayden Honda Drive M7 Aspar 1:57.099
18 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha Forward Racing 1:57.146
19 Jack Miller Honda CWM LCR Honda 1:57.228
20 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha Forward Racing 1:57.376
21 Hector Barbera Ducati Avintia Racing 1:57.405
22 Eugene Laverty Honda Drive M7 Aspar 1:57.500
23 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati Test Team 1:57.664
24 Alex de Angelis ART Octo IodaRacing Team 1:58.026
25 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:58.459
26 Marco Melandri Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1:58.990


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