Lorenzo Leads on Opening Night of Qatar Test

Jorge Lorenzo re-established his superiority over the MotoGP field by setting the pace on the first evening of the final pre-season test at Losail. The world champion endured a difficult three days at Phillip Island two weeks ago but returned to form in Qatar, leading Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi by four tenths of a second.

As day turned to dusk, the quickest time switched between three different riders with three different manufacturers. Although Suzuki’s Vinales and Ducati’s Andrea Iannone each took turns at the top, Lorenzo would ultimately take the honours on day one with a 1:55.452. Vinales would end the night in second, backing up his sensational form from Phillip Island.

Iannone was pushed back to fourth by Rossi although the Movistar Yamaha rider blotted his copybook with a slow speed crash at turn ten early on. Rossi recovered to clock a 1:55.894, four hundredths shy of Vinales and the final rider to drop under the 1m56 barrier.

Behind Iannone came another trio of Ducatis, each of different spec, with Scott Redding taking fifth for Pramac aboard his GP15 ahead of the GP14.2 of Avintia’s Hector Barbera. Andrea Dovizioso took the 2016 machine to seventh ahead of British pair Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith while Marc Marquez could only manage tenth on the leading Repsol Honda.

The day was also highlighted by the public debut of the new Aprilia RS-GP but Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista failed to light up the timing screens on Wednesday, finishing over two seconds adrift in 19th and 22nd respectively.


MotoGP Official Test – Losail (Day One Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
199. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.452
225. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.880
346. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.894
429. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:56.119
545. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:56.213
68. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:56.320
74. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:56.388
835. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:56.510
938. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.517
1093. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.523
1141. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.552
1244. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.747
1326. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:56.910
1468. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:57.021
1576. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:57.121
1643. Jack MILLERHondaMarc VDS Racing Team1:57.850
1751. Michele PIRRODucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:57.891
1853. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:58.016
196. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.066
2050. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiAspar MotoGP Team1:58.269
217. Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaHRC Test Team1:58.744
2219. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:58.753
2312. Takuya TSUDASuzukiSuzuki Test Team2:00.578