Iannone sets pace on Day 2 of Qatar MotoGP test

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Saturday 3rd March, 2018 - 9:29am

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Andrea Iannone pic: MotoGP.com

Andrea Iannone has finished on top of Day 2 of MotoGP testing in Qatar thanks to a flyer late in the evening.

Suzuki Ecstar’s Iannone edged Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso by just 0.041s, while Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez moved up the order relative to the opening day to finish up third-fastest.

Dovizioso took the lead prior to the halfway mark before Iannone, who was third-fastest on the opening day, had his first spell in the lead.

The 2017 world championship runner-up moved back to the front after a red flag period and stayed there until Iannone’s final lap.

Marquez crashed with an hour remaining but subsequently came out to set a time good enough for third-fastest, while Tech3’s Johann Zarco was the fastest of the Yamahas in fourth.

Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Cal Crutchlow were fifth and sixth respectively, with Thursday fast man Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) the last of those on the timesheets to improve on his Day 1 benchmark in seventh.

Pramac Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller ended up eighth and ninth, both of whom had a hand in causing the red flag when they and Zarco crashed at Turn 1.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) rounded out the top 10, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) was 11th, and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) 14th.

The test wraps up with the final day from late tonight (AEDT), during which time there will be 30 minutes of compulsory wet track running to test the feasibility of racing in the rain under lights at the Losail International Circuit.

Pre-season testing: Losail: Day 2

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:54.586
2 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:54.627 0.041/0.041
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:54.753 0.167/0.126
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:54.874 0.288/0.121
5 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:54.967 0.381/0.093
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:54.992 0.406/0.025
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.051 0.465/0.059
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:55.188 0.602/0.137
9 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:55.236 0.650/0.048
10 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:55.282 0.696/0.046
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.316 0.730/0.034
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:55.460 0.874/0.144
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:55.539 0.953/0.079
14 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:55.562 0.976/0.023
15 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:55.708 1.122/0.146
16 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:55.798 1.212/0.090
17 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:55.875 1.289/0.077
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:55.876 1.290/0.001
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:56.074 1.488/0.198
20 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:56.104 1.518/0.030
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:56.263 1.677/0.159
22 12 Tom LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:56.295 1.709/0.032
23 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:56.795 2.209/0.500
24 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:57.218 2.632/0.423

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