Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 16 Mar 2015
The final MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar was drawn to a premature conclusion today as rainfall prevented action on the final day at the Losail circuit.
Several showers ahead of the third and final day’s 1600 start left the circuit wet, meaning teams couldn’t make use of their last opportunity for track time before the season gets underway at the 3.375 mile circuit in just under two weeks’ time.
Bridgestone don’t take wet tyres to Qatar, as not only is rainfall rare in the Qatari desert but with the race taking place at night under floodlights, riding in the wet is forbidden because of the glare.
Andrea Dovizioso topped the timesheets on the second day ahead of Marc Marquez and Andrea Iannone. With both Ducati riders having set their times on the harder tyre, many pundits were expecting record laps on the final day as the duo made use of the super-soft option.
Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi will be unhappy with the lost time. The duo were over half a second off Dovizioso’s pace on day two but are still fine-tuning their new, fully-seamless gearbox.
Few riders managed to put in race simulations across the test leaving many a question surrounding true pace. Can Dovizioso and Iannone last a full race distance in the 1’55s? If they can, then they could be causing some trouble come 29th March. What is the true pace of the British boys? We’ll have to wait and see!
The first round of the MotoGP World Championship gets underway in Qatar in two weeks’ time with practice starting on Thursday 26th March.
Full times can be found here.