2017 Qatar MotoGP Friday 7:30pm Times: Marquez Leads In Early Stages

While the Moto2 bikes were still circulating in Jerez, the MotoGP riders took to the track in Qatar, for the final preseason test of the year. With the test starting at 4pm local time, while the sun is still up and the track is still scorching, only the KTMs took to the track, with a lot of testing parts to get through. 

At 7:30pm, the track had seen plenty of action, with everyone having circulated (the only rider missing being Hector Barbera, still recovering from a broken collarbone). Marc Marquez was fast from the off, swapping places with Maverick Viñales before seizing control. Dani Pedrosa is currently second, nearly half a second off the pace of Marquez, while Jorge Lorenzo is back up to speed on the Ducati, helped by a track which he loves and which suits the bike. Big surprise is Aleix Espargaro in fourth, the Aprilia obviously working well. 

So far, there have been no signs of new fairings at either Ducati or Honda, both factories continue to run with their standard wingless bodywork. That is expected to change at some point during the weekend. 

Times at 7:30pm

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:55.900    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:56.383 0.483 0.483
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP17 1:56.404 0.504 0.021
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.463 0.563 0.059
5 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:56.603 0.703 0.140
6 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP17 1:56.652 0.752 0.049
7 94 Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 1:56.745 0.845 0.093
8 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP17 1:56.824 0.924 0.079
9 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP16 1:56.968 1.068 0.144
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.998 1.098 0.030
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:57.156 1.256 0.158
12 45 Scott Redding Ducati GP16 1:57.322 1.422 0.166
13 76 Loris Baz Ducati GP15 1:57.345 1.445 0.023
14 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:57.637 1.737 0.292
15 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:57.905 2.005 0.268
16 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:58.104 2.204 0.199
17 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP15 1:58.314 2.414 0.210
18 22 Sam Lowes Aprilia RS-GP 1:58.401 2.501 0.087
19 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:58.731 2.831 0.330
20 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:59.287 3.387 0.556
21 43 Jack Miller Honda RC213V 1:59.290 3.390 0.003
22 53 Tito Rabat Honda RC213V 1:59.979 4.079 0.689
23 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 2:01.039 5.139 1.060

 

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