The final pre-season test of 2017 began this afternoon at Qatar’s Losail Circuit. The green lights went on at 4 p.m. local time, but Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa only took to the track after dusk, around 6 and 6:30 p.m. respectively, when conditions were more similar to what awaits in the race-weekend sessions.

The Repsol Honda men began going through their busy testing programs, working on setup, electronics and aerodynamics. Dani finished the day in 8th with his time of 1’55.692” on lap 21 of 38. Marc, who escaped unhurt from two small tumbles—in the final corner around 8 p.m. and in turn 2 less than an hour before the end of the session—completed a total of 39 laps, with his best time of 1’55.899” (on lap 16) placing him 12th overall.

Testing will continue for two more nights.

Dani Pedrosa

8th 1’55.692

“As always, on the first day in Qatar you need to adapt to the situation because it’s the first time riding at night, compared to the previous tests, and the track is always a little bit dirty. This means that you need to take some time to understand the track conditions and adapt well. In addition, at the end it was quite difficult, because the track temperature went down and the humidity rose quickly; it wasn’t easy to see the moisture while on the bike, and we saw many crashes. It was best to stop early. Today we focused mainly on working on the rhythm, trying to set up the bike a little bit more for the pace. We need to keep improving and I think today we did part of the job, but we need to continue tomorrow.”

Marc Marquez

12th 1’55.899

“We can’t say today was one of the best for us, but it’s only day one and we worked hard on trying many, many different things, including a new fairing that we want to test further. Some of them worked well, while others must be adjusted. I’m not very worried about the fast lap because our rhythm wasn’t bad, so I’m satisfied with it. I had two small crashes; the first one was my fault as I braked a bit too late, while the second was a classic at this track as it came almost at the end of the session when the temperature had dropped and conditions weren’t good anymore. Anyway, tomorrow is another day, and we’ll work more on the bike’s setup for this track and try to improve.”

MotoGP 2017
Testing   Qatar

Results Day 1

Night
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.819
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.360
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.601
4 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.794
5 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.797
6 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.821
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.860
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.873
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.886
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.932
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.011
12 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.080
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.097
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.198
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.266
16 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.297
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.374
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.770
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.846
20 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.271
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.636
22 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.220
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 3.936
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)