2019 Qatar MotoGP Test Combined Times: Viñales Leaves Qatar As Fastest

Combined times after all three days of testing. Alex Rins (3rd), Aleix Espargaro (14th), Andrea Dovizioso (15th), Cal Crutchlow (17th), Johann Zarco (19th), and Karel Abraham (21st) did not improve their time from Sunday. Viñales' time is just under two tenths slower than Johann Zarco's time set at the test here in 2018.

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:54.208    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:54.441 0.233 0.233
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.593 0.385 0.152
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:54.613 0.405 0.020
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:54.651 0.443 0.038
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 1:54.653 0.445 0.002
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:54.660 0.452 0.007
8 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:54.770 0.562 0.110
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:54.789 0.581 0.019
10 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:54.818 0.610 0.029
11 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 1:54.851 0.643 0.033
12 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:54.997 0.789 0.146
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:55.074 0.866 0.077
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.173 0.965 0.099
15 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:55.205 0.997 0.032
16 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:55.229 1.021 0.024
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:55.247 1.039 0.018
18 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:55.343 1.135 0.096
19 5 Johann Zarco KTM RC16 1:55.716 1.508 0.373
20 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:55.773 1.565 0.057
21 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 1:55.951 1.743 0.178
22 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.072 1.864 0.121
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 1:56.371 2.163 0.299

Circuit records and best time in testing:

Year No Rider Bike Time Event
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.029 Qatar Test
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:53.680 Qualifying
2016 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:54.927 Race
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Yamaha is there, and trending well. Vinales and Quartararo shine. Yamaha adds to their fresh project re-do with all 4 riders getting 2019 machines finally. Yes!

Suzuki- great motor! Rins, he is growing and looks to be on a very promising trajectory. The wee factory should be back mid pack by the looks of their program and resources. SO very good that they are clawing at the front. This brings hope and inspiration! Next jersey to buy. You can do it wee Suzuki (now howzabout that title sponsor eh?)!! Looking great.

Pol makes the KTM do the business and is inspired. To get a second plus on the rest in orange though, he is overriding it. He will eat some gravel, I worry he is going to get chucked off and hurt.

Lorenzo was able to get the Honda doing the business. He and Marc are doing well as walking wounded. We made it through the test without a SINGLE piece done about how they get along, wonders never cease. Concerned though about comments re this Honda. No problem though, as they can likely iron out the front end woes w some set up changes and updates of bits and bobs. The motor looks STRONG.

Ducati looks great. Cheerful countenance in the garages. They look SO good this year. Strong lineup. Very looking fwd to seeing what this bike can do. Dovi, the time is now friend. And maybe the last stand out opportunity that could be looked back on with great significance (Yamaha returning but not quite 100%, Honda bike not perfect and their top 3 riders are recovering from injury, so forth). Go Red!

The pace is good. The field is tight. Much is possible.

is Quartararo really on a 2019?  Seems like they would be so smart to do that, guess it’s just a matter of money. But seems like such a waste of resources to have one dude on a completely different bike. 

^ Really! It was easy to miss, I had been keeping an eye out. Confirmed Feb 5th. Same bike, fewer engines avail per yr, revs dialed back (likely 1000 less top rpm's, may become 500 if he continues excellent form). All 4 Yams are the same aside from rev limit for Quartararo as of now. Morbidelli will have to wait a bit to get updates, and Quartararo longer if at all. But he is a VERY lucky duck. A few riders that passed on that seat (2 come to mind) may have big eyes right now.

It was a last minute change of plan from Yamaha. Basically the 2018 was such a turd, it was going to cause more issues than it was worth. Remember the baseball bat/fax machine scene from Office Space? Uhm, yeah, they took everything from last year but some wheels out back by the dumpster bin and left nothing distinguishable from the recycling. Glad no one was injured. They may have made two guys who's names start with Ts watch though.

David, what are the chances that Quatararos rather epic performance may help find the answer to Yamaha's traction woes?

He's running a current 2019 bike but with 500 fewer revs IIRC, rather similar to what Zarco had last year when he too surprisingly could do great lap times......

Software only struggling to deal with last few (extra) revs?

Qatar has been a Yamaha track for ages. Since toseland and Edwards were on the front row. Can't read into their performance here. Chuffed about jorge being right behind mm93