Lorenzo fastest on opening night

Defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo was quickest on the opening day of testing at Losail in Qatar on Wednesday. 

The Spanish Yamaha driver narrowly edged out last year’s best rookie award winner Maverick Vinales of Suzuki, while the ever-present Valentino Rossi fell on his out-lap, but recovered to be third fastest on the other Yamaha.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone was fourth on the timesheets, followed by Desmosedici riders Scott Redding, Hector Barbera and Andrea Dovizioso.

Iannone’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso followed in seventh, while LCR’s Cal Crutchlow was the fastest Honda driver across the line in eighth.

The injured Danilo Petrucci wass the only rider not present for the test, which continues on Thursday and Friday.

Testing started at 4pm, but most waited until after sunset to replicate the conditions they will be facing in the opening race of the season.

Most of the riders also sat the final hour out, after dewy conditions led to Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro falling in quick succession.

Times

1 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m55.452s [Lap 23/36]
2 Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m55.880s 0.428s [28/44]
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m55.894s 0.442s [31/34]
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m56.119s 0.667s [53/53]
5 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)    1m56.213s 0.761s [27/46]
6 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m56.320s 0.868s [27/27]
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP16) 1m 56.388s 0.936s [46/52]
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m56.510s 1.058s [21/36]
9 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m56.517s 1.065s [23/38]
10 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m56.523s 1.071s [29/45]
11 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m56.552s 1.100s [25/35]
12 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m56.747s 1.295s [34/43]
13 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m56.910s 1.458s [26/27]
14 Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m57.021s 1.569s [39/40]
15 Loris Baz Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m57.121s 1.669s [31/32]
16 Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m57.850s 2.398s [33/37]
17 Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m57.891s 2.439s [48/50]
18 Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m58.016s 2.564s [36/38]
19 Stefan Bradl Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m58.066s 2.614s [14/26]
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m58.269s 2.817s [32/34]
21 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Test Rider (RC213V) 1m58.744s 3.292s [28/52]
22 Alvaro Bautista Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m58.753s 3.301s [16/16]
23 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR) 2m0.578s 5.126s [35/45]

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