MotoGP Qatar Test: Dovizioso quickest from Marquez on day two

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 15 Mar 2015

Notice the wings?

Andrea Dovizioso continued to show the potential of Ducati’s new Desmosedici GP15 by setting the fastest time on the second day of testing in Qatar.

Dovizioso’s fastest lap of 1’54.907 placed him 0.184 ahead of World Champion, Marc Marquez on the timesheets with just one day of testing remaining before the 2015 season gets underway under the floodlights in Losail in two weeks’ time.

Dovizioso’s time wasn’t the only Ducati talking point either – the Bologna factory have re-introduced the fairing ‘wings’, first seen in 2010, designed to keep the front wheel down.

Despite having access to the super-soft Bridgestone tyre, it is thought both Dovizioso and teammate, Andrea Iannone’s day one times came on the harder rubber – suggesting Ducati could have serious potential this season.

Having led on day one, Iannone was third fastest on Sunday just 0.197 off his teammate’s pace.

Lorenzo was fourth on day 2

Jorge Lorenzo improved to fourth but remained over half a second slower than Dovizioso’s time. Having spent a large part of the day outside the top ten, Valentino Rossi jumped to fifth in the closing stages less than a tenth off teammate Lorenzo. 

Dani Pedrosa placed sixth ahead of lead satellite riders Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith. Pol Espargaro was ninth ahead of an impressive performance from Karel Abraham on the Open-spec Honda RC213V-RS in tenth place after hooking onto the back of factory-counterpart Cal Crutchlow down Losail’s kilometre long straight. 

Yonny Hernandez was 11th ahead of the leading Suzuki of Aleix Espargaro with Scott Redding, Maverick Vinales and Hector Barbera rounding out the top 15. 

MotoGP Qatar Test - Day 2 

1

DOVIZIOSO, Andrea

Ducati Team

01:54.9

 

2

MARQUEZ, Marc

Repsol Honda Team

01:55.1

0.184

3

IANNONE, Andrea

Ducati Team

01:55.1

0.197

4

LORENZO, Jorge

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

01:55.5

0.593

5

ROSSI, Valentino

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

01:55.6

0.674

6

PEDROSA, Dani

Repsol Honda Team

01:55.6

0.675

7

CRUTCHLOW, Cal

CWM LCR Honda

01:55.6

0.717

8

SMITH, Bradley

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

01:55.6

0.741

9

ESPARGARO, Pol

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

01:55.7

0.751

10

ABRAHAM, Karel

AB Motoracing

01:55.8

0.858

11

HERNANDEZ, Yonny

Pramac Racing

01:55.8

0.865

12

ESPARGARO, Aleix

Team Suzuki Ecstar

01:55.8

0.888

13

REDDING, Scott

Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS

01:55.8

0.896

14

VINALES, Maverick

Team Suzuki Ecstar

01:55.8

0.903

15

BARBERA, Hector

Avintia Racing

01:56.1

1.151

16

HAYDEN, Nicky

Drive M7 Aspar

01:56.1

1.197

17

DI MEGLIO, Mike

Avintia Racing

01:56.3

1.352

18

LAVERTY, Eugene

Drive M7 Aspar

01:56.3

1.435

19

PIRRO, Michele

Ducati Test Team

01:56.5

1.569

20

BRADL, Stefan

Athina Forward Racing

01:56.7

1.817

21

MILLER, Jack

CWM LCR Honda

01:56.8

1.851

22

PETRUCCI, Danilo

Pramac Racing

01:56.8

1.855

23

BAZ, Loris

Athina Forward Racing

01:56.9

2.029

24

BAUTISTA, Alvaro

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

01:57.3

2.366

25

DE ANGELIS, Alex

Octo Ioda Racing Team

01:57.4

2.483

26

MELANDRI, Marco

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

01:58.0

3.075

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