Maverick Viñales has topped the first day of the final MotoGP test at Qatar, ending Thursday just a tenth of a second off the race lap record set in 2016. The Movistar Yamaha rider spent a lot of time on track, racking up a grand total of 64 laps to lead the field. Andrea Dovizioso ended the day in second on the Factory Ducati, just five hundredths of a second behind Viñales, and three thousandths of a second quicker than his former teammate Andrea Iannone, Iannone now riding the Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR.
Johann Zarco was the first satellite rider, the Frenchman putting the Monster Tech3 Yamaha into fourth spot and just over a tenth slower than the factory bike. Jorge Lorenzo found his feet on the Ducati once again at a track he loves, ending the day in fifth, but nearly four tenths slower than Viñales.
Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi ended the day tied for sixth, nine thousandths of a second behind Lorenzo, and a tenth quicker than Danilo Petrucci on the Pramac Ducati. Cal Crutchlow was the first of the Hondas in ninth, the LCR rider heading the two Repsols with Marc Marquez finishing ahead of Dani Pedrosa, though there was just two hundredths of a second splitting the threesome.
The field was tight. The top ten finished within half a second of each other, while a second covered the first sixteen. Taka Nakagami was once again the fastest rookie, finishing fourteenth on the Idemitsu LCR Honda exactly eight tenths slower than fastest man Viñales. The remaining four rookies ended the day in the bottom four, Franco Morbidelli quicker than Hafizh Syahrin, while Tom Luthi beat Xavier Simeon.
|1||25||Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||1:55.053|
|2||4||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP18||1:55.104||0.051||0.051|
|3||29||Andrea Iannone||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:55.107||0.054||0.003|
|4||5||Johann Zarco||Yamaha M1||1:55.186||0.133||0.079|
|5||99||Jorge Lorenzo||Ducati GP18||1:55.423||0.370||0.237|
|6||42||Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||1:55.432||0.379||0.009|
|7||46||Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||1:55.432||0.379||0.000|
|8||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP18||1:55.528||0.475||0.096|
|9||35||Cal Crutchlow||Honda RC213V||1:55.536||0.483||0.008|
|10||93||Marc Marquez||Honda RC213V||1:55.545||0.492||0.009|
|11||26||Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||1:55.555||0.502||0.010|
|12||43||Jack Miller||Ducati GP17||1:55.688||0.635||0.133|
|13||19||Alvaro Bautista||Ducati GP17||1:55.848||0.795||0.160|
|14||30||Takaaki Nakagami||Honda RC213V||1:55.853||0.800||0.005|
|15||45||Scott Redding||Aprilia RS-GP||1:55.931||0.878||0.078|
|16||53||Tito Rabat||Ducati GP17||1:56.029||0.976||0.098|
|17||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||1:56.062||1.009||0.033|
|18||17||Karel Abraham||Ducati GP16||1:56.268||1.215||0.206|
|19||44||Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||1:56.275||1.222||0.007|
|20||38||Bradley Smith||KTM RC16||1:56.421||1.368||0.146|
|21||21||Franco Morbidelli||Honda RC213V||1:56.608||1.555||0.187|
|22||55||Hafizh Syahrin||Yamaha M1||1:56.731||1.678||0.123|
|23||12||Tom Luthi||Honda RC213V||1:57.292||2.239||0.561|
|24||10||Xavier Simeon||Ducati GP16||1:57.713||2.660||0.421|
|2017 Pole time:||2017||Maverick Viñales||1:54.316|
|Fastest lap in the 2017 race:||2017||Johann Zarco||1:55.990|
|Circuit Race Record Lap:||2016||Jorge Lorenzo||1:54.927|
|Best ever lap at the circuit:||2008||Jorge Lorenzo||1:53.927|