2018 Buriram MotoGP Test Sunday Final Times: Pedrosa Takes Top Spot In Final Dash

Dani Pedrosa made a final dash for glory on the last day of the MotoGP test at Buriram, the Repsol Honda rider taking top spot from Johann Zarco, who had led the way since the morning. The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider came up just under a hundredth short of Pedrosa, but put in multiple laps in the 1'29s, demonstrating his pace on new tires. 

LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow finished the day in third, nearly three tenths behind Pedrosa, and a eight hundredths ahead of the second Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez. Marquez had concentrated on development, putting in a monster 96 laps on the final day, once again more than any other rider. 

Alex Rins took fifth on the Suzuki, and continuing to show his speed in Thailand, finishing ahead of Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller. Andrea Dovizioso was the last rider to finish within half a second of Pedrosa, the factory Ducati rider ending up 0.411 behind the Repsol Honda in seventh place. Taka Nakagami was the best of the rookies once again, finishing eighth, 0.675 slower than Pedrosa. Nakagami's eight spot made it four Hondas in the top eight.

Tito Rabat took ninth on the Avintia Ducati, making it four Ducatis in the top nine, while Valentino Rossi ended in tenth, nearly three quarters of a second behind Pedrosa, and two thirds of a second slower than Johann Zarco on the satellite Yamaha. 

Times from Sunday:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 1:29.781    
2 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:29.867 0.086 0.086
3 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:30.064 0.283 0.197
4 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:30.143 0.362 0.079
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.178 0.397 0.035
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP17 1:30.190 0.409 0.012
7 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 1:30.192 0.411 0.002
8 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:30.456 0.675 0.264
9 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 1:30.476 0.695 0.020
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:30.511 0.730 0.035
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 1:30.573 0.792 0.062
12 25 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:30.590 0.809 0.017
13 21 Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 1:30.648 0.867 0.058
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:30.701 0.920 0.053
15 29 Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 1:30.718 0.937 0.017
16 38 Bradley Smith KTM RC16 1:30.921 1.140 0.203
17 36 Mika Kallio KTM RC16 1:31.169 1.388 0.248
18 45 Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 1:31.311 1.530 0.142
19 12 Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 1:31.354 1.573 0.043
20 19 Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 1:31.486 1.705 0.132
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha M1 1:31.537 1.756 0.051
22 99 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 1:31.627 1.846 0.090
23 10 Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 1:32.019 2.238 0.392
24 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 1:32.024 2.243 0.005
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What happened to him? Fastest in Sepang but nowhere in Thailand


I think it's just Lorenzo being Lorenzo; he's always been a bit of a head case.  I don't mean that to sound quite as derogatory as it does, it's just that what's happening between his ears, his feeling "comfortable", has always been a particularly big factor in his results.  

All of the Ducatis in front of him demonstrate what the bike is, more or less, capable of.  He's just not "feeling good" for some reason.  

needs to get some consistency back if he's to challenge for a championship again.  He signed for Ducati basically before the beginning of 2016, since then his consistency fell off a cliff.  Even at Yamaha he had some woeful results in '16.  Regardless of what testing program they were running that day, it's not a good look ending up behind Syahrin!  Assuming contracts will start to fall before the season really gets going (when anything can and does happen), Ducati should at least be able to secure him for a greatly reduced price.

It will be similarly interesting to see what happens with Vinales, another up and down rider either untouchable or nowhere.  Not the sort of thing that helps your championship challenge.  I think this just highlights how amazing Marquez is, the unearthly talent and the right mentality also.  He's looking really fast this year. 

marquez with nine 1:30's in a row. looks ominous.