Viñales pips Dovizioso on Day 1 of Qatar test

Maverick Viñales pic: MotoGP Twitter

Maverick Viñales has finished narrowly fastest on the opening day of the final pre-season MotoGP test in Qatar.

Movistar Yamaha’s Viñales finished 0.051s faster than Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, with Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone a further 0.003s further back.

Viñales jumped into top spot inside the final two hours of the session and remained there, having largely been outdone by team-mate Alex Rins in pre-season so far.

Dovizioso and then Iannone improved on their personal bests but fell just short of knocking off the 2017 Qatar MotoGP winner.

A similarly late effort from Johann Zarco saw the Tech3 Yamaha rider slot into fourth position ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), who was fastest prior to Viñales’ ascension.

Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) were sixth- seventh-fastest in a dead heat, while Danilo Petrucci was best Pramac Ducati rider in eighth.

After Honda dominated the Buriram test, LCR’s Cal Crutchlow and the Repsol-backed factory riders of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa filled ninth to 11th, the latter crashing twice during the day.

Jack Miller was 0.635s off the pace in 12th position on his Pramac Ducati, and LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami the fastest rookie in 14th.

Red Bell KTM’s Pol Espargaro, who ended the day in 19th, will be replaced by Mika Kallio on Day 2 as he continues to struggle with an injury incurred in a high-speed crash in Sepang.

The three-day test continues late tonight (AEDT).

Pre-season testing: Losail: Day 1

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.053
2 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:55.104 0.051/0.051
3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.107 0.054/0.003
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:55.186 0.133/0.079
5 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:55.423 0.370/0.237
6 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.432 0.379/0.009
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.432 0.379/0.000
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:55.528 0.475/0.096
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:55.536 0.483/0.008
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:55.545 0.492/0.009
11 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:55.555 0.502/0.010
12 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:55.688 0.635/0.133
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:55.848 0.795/0.160
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:55.853 0.800/0.005
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:55.931 0.878/0.078
16 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:56.029 0.976/0.098
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:56.062 1.009/0.033
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:56.268 1.215/0.206
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.275 1.222/0.007
20 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.421 1.368/0.146
21 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:56.608 1.555/0.187
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:56.731 1.678/0.123
23 12 Tom LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:57.292 2.239/0.561
24 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:57.713 2.660/0.421

Join the discussion below in the comments section

Please note: reserves the right to remove any comment that does not follow the comment policy. For support, contact [email protected]