2019 Qatar MotoGP Test Saturday 8pm Times: Ducatis Fastest As Pace Picks Up

Times are starting to drop as the track cleans up after last night's rain at Qatar, and as the MotoGP riders get back up to speed. Andrea Dovizioso leads his Ducati teammate Danilo Petrucci, both men well into the mid 1'55s, pretty close to race pace. Alex Rins is currently third quickest, the Suzuki Ecstar rider having tested a new exhaust, with two tailpipe emerging from the fairing lower. 

Maverick Viñales is fourth quickest on the Monster Energy Yamaha, while Taka Nakagami is the fastest Honda on the 2018 RC213V, the riders on the latest spec working on development. Pol Espargaro put the KTM into sixth place, just faster than Joan Mir on the second Suzuki.

There have been a few crashes already, with Marc Marquez going down at the last corner, but coming away unscathed, and both Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Iannone crashing almost simultaneously at opposite ends of the track. 

Some extra track markings have appeared, the basis of a new penalty system. Race Direction has proposed that instead of being forced to drop a place, the riders will have to take a wide line on the outside of a corner, through the runoff, and lose time that way. Feedback from the riders is expected on that tonight and over the remainder of the test.

Times at 8pm local time:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP19 1:55.550    
2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP19 1:55.594 0.044 0.044
3 42 Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 1:55.707 0.157 0.113
4 12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha M1 1:55.832 0.282 0.125
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:55.943 0.393 0.111
6 44 Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 1:56.286 0.736 0.343
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:56.314 0.764 0.028
8 53 Tito Rabat Ducati GP18 1:56.321 0.771 0.007
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 1:56.358 0.808 0.037
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:56.511 0.961 0.153
11 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:56.567 1.017 0.056
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:56.594 1.044 0.027
13 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP18 1:56.738 1.188 0.144
14 5 Johann Zarco KTM RC16 1:56.770 1.220 0.032
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:56.891 1.341 0.121
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 1:56.921 1.371 0.030
17 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP19 1:56.932 1.382 0.011
18 93 Marc Marquez Honda RC213V 1:56.943 1.393 0.011
19 17 Karel Abraham Ducati GP18 1:57.053 1.503 0.110
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.137 1.587 0.084
21 29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia RS-GP 1:57.362 1.812 0.225
22 99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda RC213V 1:57.405 1.855 0.043
23 55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM RC16 1:57.459 1.909 0.054

Circuit records and best time in testing:

Year No Rider Bike Time Event
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:54.029 Qatar Test
2018 5 Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 1:53.680 Qualifying
2016 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha M1 1:54.927 Race
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I'd expect that slowing down from race pace and assessing the runoff area grip levels would be part of the penalty. 

I'd expect that slowing down from race pace and assessing the runoff area grip levels would be part of the penalty.