2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Friday Times: Crutchlow Edges Rins To Lead First Day

Cal Crutchlow had finished the first day of the MotoGP test at Buriram on top of the timesheets, the LCR Honda rider making a charge in the afternoon to set a quickest time of 1'30.797. Suzuki's Alex Rins got close to Crutchlow's time, but fell just a hundredth or so shy of the Englishman to take second. But he did get ahead of Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who had been fastest for most of the day.

Andrea Dovizioso ended up in fourth, the factory Ducati rider also not improving the time he set in the morning, finishing just ahead of the second Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa. The Pramac Ducati squad took sixth and seventh, Danilo Petrucci on the GP18 finishing just ahead of Jack Miller on the GP17. Valentino Rossi was the first of the Yamahas in eighth, four tenths behind Crutchlow and just ahead of Andrea Iannone on the second Suzuki. Jorge Lorenzo rounded out the top ten on the second factory Ducati, though he too was just 0.449 slower than fastest man Crutchlow.

As predicted by Johann Zarco on Thursday, the entire grid is very close indeed. 0.449 separates the top ten, while theere are twenty riders within a second of Crutchlow, Bradley Smith being the last of them on a KTM.

The day saw a fair few technical novelties debuted. Suzuki tried a new exhaust for the GSX-RR, though that may have been tested in Sepang as well. But the big news was Ducati's new aerodynamics package, or rather packages. The Italian factory tried out two new aero fairings: one, with a revised design of the top half of last year's fairing, looking more like the Yamaha aero package which appeared in Sepang. The other stuck much more closely to last year's design, but had a much longer lower section and various openings on the top and sides of the panels. The aerodynamics cat is very much out of the bag, and there's no getting it back in again.

For reference, the WorldSBK lap records for the Buriram circuit are both held by Jonathan Rea and set in 2017. The pole record is 1'32.957, and the race lap record is 1'33.436. The MotoGP bikes are lapping 2 seconds a lap faster after the first day.


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.797    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.809 0.012 0.012
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.912 0.115 0.103
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.945 0.148 0.033
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:30.960 0.163 0.015
6 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:31.003 0.206 0.043
7 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:31.044 0.247 0.041
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:31.189 0.392 0.145
9 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:31.235 0.438 0.046
10 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.246 0.449 0.011
11 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:31.294 0.497 0.048
12 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:31.305 0.508 0.011
13 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:31.523 0.726 0.218
14 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.525 0.728 0.002
15 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.662 0.865 0.137
16 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.685 0.888 0.023
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:31.692 0.895 0.007
18 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:31.698 0.901 0.006
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:31.729 0.932 0.031
20 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:31.741 0.944 0.012
21 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:32.716 1.919 0.975
22 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.720 1.923 0.004
23 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:32.749 1.952 0.029
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:33.165 2.368 0.416
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Regarding the aerodynamics, in this case it looks very much like Pandora's mustache has been tweaked... :)

good to see he is a second faster than Mika,

the last second is the most difficult to catch up


Rins/Suzuki is a highlight. Great job! The bike is maneuverable. The high grip level of this track surface may be flattering the Suzuki. Very interested in how their electronics are doing. 

I think we are seeing something of Rins now though. He is in very good company up there. 

As contrast, ot seeing KTM/Smith performance as something to praise today. 

Good to hear Vale say this bike feels normal again, but the Yamaha power delivery is still a question mark. Fingers crossed. Early yet for this motor, but second day at Qatar won't be any more and is coming quickly. Keep at it Blue.

Dovi and Marc haven't missed a step in their ongoing dance. Welcome back to the battle.

Nice job Cal/LCR!