The 2017 MotoGP pre-season came to an end today with the third and final night of testing in Qatar. The timesheets saw Dani Pedrosa ending in third place (1’54.469” on lap 46 of 50), with teammate Marc Marquez 10th (1’54.990” on lap 12 of 47).

Both of the Repsol Honda men spent a productive night completing their testing plans, which included electronics, aerodynamics and refinement of general race setup, with the focus on keeping a good race pace. Dani continued until almost the end of the session, further improving his lap time at the end.

Marc fell once very early in the session and twice after 9 p.m. with no consequences, but he had to abort his race simulation on his sixth lap in the mid-1’55” range.

Action will resume at the same track on Thursday, 23 March, with FP1 for the Grand Prix of Qatar, the opening race of the 2017 MotoGP Championship.

Dani Pedrosa

3rd 1’54.469

“I think today was a positive day in general. We had a few things to sort out from yesterday, and step-by-step we improved our feeling, the lap times and our rhythm in general. The improvement was general and even if we still have work to do, we gained confidence and this was a positive end to the pre-season. This track is not one of my favourites, but the team did a great job and things kept improving. We’re in better shape than last year and we’ll try to add this confidence to the motivation for the GP and to do our best at the first race.”

Marc Marquez

10th 1’54.990

“I’m happy with the pace we were able to keep today but of course it hasn’t been the best test of the pre-season for us. I crashed three times, the first at the very beginning because the bike had a wobble at turn 4 and I braked late. Then later in the night I lost the front twice, and especially the last crash during my race simulation was my fault. But when you’re doing a long run you must try and push, otherwise you can’t understand where you really are. Anyway, better if this kind of thing happens now, during a test, and hopefully when we come here again for the race we’ll be able to manage things better. As I said, our rhythm is quite good; only Maverick [Viñales] is faster than everyone here, and if we were to race tomorrow I believe we should be able to fight for the podium.”

MotoGP 2017
Testing   Qatar

Results Day 3

Night - Clear
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'54.330
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.071
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.139
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.189
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.384
6 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.420
7 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.477
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.491
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.570
10 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.660
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 0.855
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.954
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.003
14 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.032
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.121
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.125
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.209
18 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.226
19 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.837
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.964
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.021
22 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.141
23 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.561
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)