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Viñales quickest on Day 1 of Qatar MotoGP test

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 24th February, 2019 - 8:25am

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Maverick Viñales

Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales has gone fastest on Day 1 of the final MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar.

The Spaniard went top with a 1:55.051s with an hour remaining and stayed there, while Monster Energy Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was half a second back in fifth.

Viñales was as far as half a second clear of the field before Alex Rins clocked the second-fastest lap of the day at 0.108s off the pace on his Suzuki Ecstar entry, as the Hamamatsu factory brought a new exhaust.

Andrea Dovizioso had been the fast man prior to Viñales and the #04 Mission Winnow Ducati ended up third on the timesheets, slightly quicker than team-mate Danilo Petrucci.

Tito Rabat was sixth on his Reale Avintia Ducati and Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo the top rookie in seventh.

Leading the way for Honda was LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami in eighth, two positions ahead of Marc Marquez.

The world champion had a minor crash, his first since shoulder surgery, as Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo went 21st-fastest on his return from injury.

Red Bull KTM’s best was Pol Espargaro in ninth position, and Aleix Espargaro the top Aprilia rider in 12th.

Jack Miller put in runs of six to eight laps but did not go for a flyer on his Pramac Ducati and sat 19th on the timesheets at day’s end.

Testing continues from midnight (AEDT).

Pre-season testing: Losail: Day 1

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev Laps
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.051   48/50
2 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.159 0.108/0.108 45/48
3 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:55.550 0.499/0.391 23/29
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 1:55.594 0.543/0.044 25/37
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.604 0.553/0.010 42/47
6 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:55.694 0.643/0.090 44/44
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:55.772 0.721/0.078 42/49
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:55.943 0.892/0.171 28/45
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.040 0.989/0.097 43/47
10 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:56.167 1.116/0.127 26/34
11 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:56.264 1.213/0.097 47/52
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:56.358 1.307/0.094 24/34
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:56.447 1.396/0.089 28/30
14 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:56.511 1.460/0.064 45/47
15 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:56.738 1.687/0.227 27/45
16 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.770 1.719/0.032 24/53
17 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:56.891 1.840/0.121 28/42
18 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:56.921 1.870/0.030 23/43
19 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:56.932 1.881/0.011 33/46
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:57.053 2.002/0.121 22/39
21 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:57.090 2.039/0.037 31/38
22 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Aprilia Factory Racing Aprilia 1:57.137 2.086/0.047 29/48
23 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:57.459 2.408/0.322 30/44

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