Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 02 Mar 2016
The final pre-season MotoGP test got underway this evening under the floodlights of Qatar with World Champion Jorge Lorenzo returning to the top of the timesheets.
The Yamaha rider set a pace almost half a second faster than second-placed Maverick Vinales, the youngster continuing his impressive pre-season form aboard the Suzuki GSX-RR.
Valentino Rossi was third fastest, just hundredths off Vinales, despite an early fall at Turn 10.
Andrea Iannone was quickest of the Ducatis, closely followed by Scott Redding, Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso with Cal Crutchlow leading Honda in eighth.
Bradley Smith set the ninth fastest time of the day ahead of twice-premier class world champ Marc Marquez, who continues to struggle aboard his Honda RC213V.
Unable to replicate his team-mate’s form, Aleix Espargaro was 11th ahead of brother Pol with Dani Pedrosa in an unexpected 13th place.
Testing continues tomorrow.