Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo set the pace on the final day posting a 1’54.810 to set the fastest lap of the 2016 IRTA MotoGP Qatar Tests. The MotoGP™ World Champion was the lone rider down into the 1’54s at the end of the three-day test and over half a second faster than his closest rivals.
Scott Redding aboard the Octo Pramac Yaknich Ducati GP15 rode a 1’55.326 to finish second, be the leading satellite bike and also the leading Ducati
The desert floodlights were again shone on Maverick Viñales to further reveal his continuous superb form as he was 516 shy from the top spot in third with his compatriot Marc Marquez in fourth with a best time of 1’55.402. after rebuilding his guts from a fall at the last corner crash.
Valentino Rossi rode a 1’55.429 in his 36th lap of 55 to complete the top five riders spot. The Qatar Test has seen Rossi focus on gathering data, putting in a total of 144 laps across the three days in the desert. Yet again Rossi was over half a second behind his teammate, though no doubt his hard work testing settings will assist him when the conquest officially begins.
Factory Ducati rider Andrea Iannone was one of only a handful of riders who did not improve their time on the final day. The Maniac Joe’s 1’55.508 stood as his best single lap of the test he was classified sixth fastest but was focused more on longer runs on the final day.
After a heavy crash, LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow improved his Thursday best time by over half a second to end the day and concluded the test in seventh with 0.108s ahead of Factory Ducati’s Andrea Divizioso in eighth
Hector Barbera crashed twice on the final day and reduced his completed laps to just 23 yet still was able to finish as ninth fastest with Dani Pedrosa struggling with the Factory Repsol Honda in tenth
The Yamaha came back again in the eleventh with Pol Espargaro aboard the Tech3 M1 just 0.025s behind a finish inside the top ten. Yonny Hernandez was twelfth and seem to have found his form after an initially difficult start with the Aspar MotoGP Team for the Colombian who had the second Tech3 Yamaha M1 bike if Bradley Smith behind him in thirteenth. was able to finish ahead of Bradley Smith.
Smith did the most consistently run and the most laps of than any rider across all three tests with his 62 lap runs on the final day which also included testing a set of winglets on the Satellite Yamaha M1
Loris Baz ended the test in fourteenth and ahead of Aleix Espargaro aboard the Ecstar Suzuki GSXRR in the fifteenth spot
Michele Pirro, replaced injured Danilo Petrucci and was able to finish the IRTA MOTOGP Tests as sixteenth fastest despite his crash on Thursday and completed 63 laps with Tito Rabat behind the Ducati test rider in seventeenth.
Alvaro Bautista and his Aprilia MotoGP bike were eighteenth, 2.233s back on Lorenzo’s best time yet ahead of Australia’s Jack Miller in nineteenth. The second Aspar MotoGP Team bike of Eugene Laverty ended the test in twentieth ahead of 2010 250CC World Champion Stefan Bradl in twenty first with Honda abs Suzuki Test riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Takuya Tsuda.
The MotoGP™ World Championship now have several days off before practice for the first Grand Prix of the year begins on the 17th of March. 2016 is almost here and with four different manufacturers in the top four, it looks set to be another incredible season