As had been the case for the last two evenings, the concluding session of the final pre-season MotoGP test got underway when the sun went down on the Losail track at around 6 pm. Marc Marquez preceded teammate Dani Pedrosa on track by half an hour.

Marc had just broken under the 1’56 barrier on his second run when he went down in the last corner, with no consequences. Upon re-joining the action, he immediately found a good rhythm, and when he carried out a 14-lap run, he was able to post some very consistent laps in the high 1’55 to low 1’56 bracket. He then set his best time of 1’55.402 on his 52nd and final lap.

Dani tried several setting modifications on his bike this evening but was unable to match his pace from yesterday, managing to post a 1’56.142 on lap 27 of 30.

The MotoGP field will next be in action at the 2016 season-opening night race, to be held at the same venue March 17-20.

Marc Marquez

1'55.402 52 Laps

"Honestly, I'm very happy today, because we have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. I went back to having a good feeling on the bike, and even though I crashed I know why it happened. We have improved a lot and I want to thank my team for the great work they have done, because they are working very hard; yesterday they finished at 3am, and they were back here at the circuit for 10am today. I am very happy because we have taken a step forward at a track where I have struggled before. We have made some big changes that have allowed me to start gaining confidence, riding at a good pace both behind Jorge [Lorenzo] and alone, even despite the dew on track at the end. It is still not enough, and we need to improve more, but after today I have much more confidence for the race. Yesterday I was worried about our level, because I had no pace or confidence, and today we have taken a big step forward, so I'm happy with the final result of the last preseason test. We have found out a lot of things that have allowed me to ride at a fairly good level."

Dani Pedrosa

1'56.142 30 Laps

“We had not many tyres left so we couldn’t do much testing today and I finish more early than usual. Unfortunately the conclusions are not entirely satisfactory. Over the three days we have tried to test a lot of things, but there are still some ideas that we want to apply the next time we are on track. With the data obtained in the last few tests, the technicians in Japan will work to try to make some changes ahead of the first Grand Prix. We'll see if they are favourable, and if we can get better performance for the race.”

MotoGP 2016
Testing   Qatar

Final Day - Top 15 Results

Night - Clear
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.810
2 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.516
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.523
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.592
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.619
6 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.725
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.782
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.890
9 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 0.923
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.072
11 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1.084
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.156
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1.247
14 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.332
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.609
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)