2015 MotoGP Qatar Test Day 1 Times 7:30pm - Ducatis Lead As Action Gets Underway

Ducati have made it clear they mean business in the first few hours of testing at the final test of the year. While most of the riders waited for darkness to fall before taking to the track at Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso, Michele Pirro and Andrea Iannone were soon circulating, putting more miles on the Ducati Desmosedici GP15. At 7:30pm, Iannone had taken over top spot from his teammate, while Dovizioso was just a tenth behind. The Suzukis, too, are busy, Aleix Espargaro posting an impressive time in 3rd spot, ahead of Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda and Espargaro's Suzuki teammate Maverick Viñales in 5th. Danilo Petrucci impressed on the Ducati GP14, currently sitting ahead of the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi was reported to have taken a tumble in his first few laps of the evening, but walked away unhurt.

The test concludes at 11pm local time.

Times at 7:30pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati GP15 1:55.778    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP15 1:55.898 0.120 0.120
3 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.184 0.406 0.286
4 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:56.330 0.552 0.146
5 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.457 0.679 0.127
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP14 1:56.779 1.001 0.322
7 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.791 1.013 0.012
8 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:56.897 1.119 0.106
9 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati GP14.2 1:57.035 1.257 0.138
10 6 Stefan Bradl Forward Yamaha 1:57.146 1.368 0.111
11 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:57.234 1.456 0.088
12 8 Hector Barbera Ducati GP14 Open 1:57.405 1.627 0.171
13 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha M1 1:57.412 1.634 0.007
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:57.657 1.879 0.245
15 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati GP14 Open 1:57.684 1.906 0.027
16 76 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 1:57.768 1.990 0.084
17 15 Alex De Angelis Aprilia ART 1:58.026 2.248 0.258
18 45 Scott Redding Honda RC213V 1:58.186 2.408 0.160
19 69 Nicky Hayden Honda RC213V-RS 1:58.298 2.520 0.112
20 51 Michele Pirro Ducati GP14.3 1:58.553 2.775 0.255
21 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha M1 1:58.673 2.895 0.120
22 17 Karel Abraham Honda RC213V-RS 1:59.475 3.697 0.802
23 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:59.617 3.839 0.142
24 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V-RS 2:00.601 4.823 0.984
25 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2:01.045 5.267 0.444
26 50 Eugene Laverty Honda RC213V-RS 2:02.987 7.209 1.942

 

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Holy crap - look at A.Espargaro! He is lapping with Dovi, just behind #29 and ahead of Marquez on his harder rear tire.

If the Suzuki has that much motor right now I am going to have to eat crow for lunch...

I have a feeling that all the "anomalies" on the sharp end are actually using the soft tire to set those times. Can you confirm, David?