Lorenzo tops MotoGP test as Rossi escapes fall

Jorge Lorenzo shows the way in opening testing at Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo shows the way in opening testing at Qatar

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has topped a hectic MotoGP test session at Qatar.

Andrea Iannone and Maverick Vinales took turns at the top before Lorenzo ended the day with a 1:55.45s lap which was 1.3s slower than the 2015 pole lap.

Valentino Rossi had a spill at Turn 10 on his Yamaha but escaped injury.

Later Aleix Espargaro fell, bringing out a brief red flag period while debris was cleared from Turn 14 in the closing hours. Espargaro emerged uninjured from the incident.

Yamaha rider MotoGP Maverick Vinales was second .428s off Lorenzo’s best.

Yamaha is running a hybrid of the 2015 and 2016 bike for Lorenzo and Rossi.

The Italian completed 33 laps before he fell to register the third best time .44s in arrears of this team-mate.

Andrea Iannone led the Ducati’s who completed 53 laps to be fourth best while fellow Ducati man Scott Redding was fifth.

See below Qatar test times

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:55.452s 36
2 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1:55.880 0.428s 44
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:55.894 0.442s 34
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1:56.119 0.667s 53
5 Scott Redding Ducati 1:56.213 0.761s 46
6 Hector Barbera Ducati 1:56.320 0.868s 27
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:56.388 0.936s 52
8 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:56.510 1.058s 36
9 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1:56.517 1.065s 38
10 Marc Marquez Honda 1:56.523 1.071s 45
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1:56.552 1.100s 35
12 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1:56.747 1.295s 43
13 Daniel Pedrosa Honda 1:56.910 1.458s 27
14 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1:57.021 1.569s 40
15 Loris Baz Ducati 1:57.121 1.669s 32
16 Jack Miller Honda 1:57.850 2.398s 37
17 Michele Pirro Ducati 1:57.891 2.439s 50
18 Esteve Rabat Honda 1:58.016 2.564s 38
19 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1:58.066 2.614s 26
20 Eugene Laverty Ducati 1:58.269 2.817s 34
21 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1:58.744 3.292s 52
22 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1:58.753 3.301s 16
23 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki 2:00.578 5.126s 45


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