Lorenzo returns to the top of the timesheets

Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo was quickest on the final night of pre-season testing at Losail in Qatar.

The Spaniard also topped the timesheets on the first day of testing, but his performance on Friday was even more emphatic, as he beat the rest of the field by a full half-second.

Lorenzo was also able to put in a long race-simulation run, along with the likes of Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro.

Also quick on the night was Scott Redding for Octo Pramac, while Maverick Vinales again impressed for Suzuki, coming in third.

After a disappointing couple of days by his standards, Marc Marquez was improved on Friday, setting the fourth fastest lap time, followed by Lorenzo’s team-mate, Valentino Rossi.

Conditions proved tricky for the riders, with several of them falling throughout the day, including Rossi, Marquez, Tito Rabat, Hector Barbera, Loris Baz, Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow had to undergo precautionary checks in the Clinica Mobile.

The opening race of the new MotoGP season takes place at the same venue from March 17-20.


1 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1m 54.810s
2 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich 0.516s
3 Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.523s
4 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 0.592s
5 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.619s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team 0.725s
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 0.782s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team 0.890s
9 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing 0.923s
10 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 1.072s
11 Yonny Hernandez Aspar MotoGP Team 1.084s
12 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1.156s
13 Loris Baz Avintia Racing 1.247s
14 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team 1.332s
15 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.609s
16 Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich 1.781s
17 Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2.217s
18 Alvaro Bautista Factory Aprilia Gresini 2.233s
19 Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2.236s
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team 2.336s
21 Stefan Bradl Factory Aprilia Gresini 2.530s
22 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Rider 5.481s