2018 Qatar MotoGP Test Thursday Final Times: Viñales Leads Tight Field

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.

Final times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
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
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Woohoo things are hotting up. Great to see times are quick & very close.

Not exactly "the usual suspects" at the top. Good to see the Maniac 29 doing the business. Alex Rins also, both Suzukis going well.

Yes funsize Three factory Hondas within a gnat's whisker. I guess that is close to a perfect lap for those three, Very close. 39 is not old from our point of view. Taka Nakagami impressive as well. Go Honda, I bought one yesterday. (250 chook chaser)

Jack Miller only 0.143 slower than marquee Marc Marquez! Big hopes for JackAssen this year!

I feel like one of Pavlov's dogs eagerly waiting, not long now.

Ohmegarsh yes. David, have you access to trap speed numbers yet? Is Suzuki's motor in the drag race? 

Anyone do a distance simulation today? Factory Yamaha out on fresh tires or multiple runs on a set? 

Good lord I am excited this season. Again. Thanks mate!

Downloading to peruse after work. Thanks for the link, their site looks like a zoo and loads slowly on my phone. I LOVE the basic tech of this well crafted site of yours, yet again I favor less electronics.


Cheers and thanks for being in the trenches!

Too bad that there's no information on tyres they used. With the new tyre tracking system they have, it wouldn't even be hard to do. But I gues that the teams want to keep this secret.

David: Are the tyres in the tests marked (coloured side stripes) or all all black?

(I guess I could look at the test photos  ;)   Damn I'm lazy. )

From the MotoGP website it looks like the trap speeds range from 333 km/h (Yamaha) to 336 km/h (KTM and Suzuki and Aprilia) to 342 km/h (Ducati and Honda).