Night two of the pre-season test at Losail International Circuit saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez entering the track a few minutes after 6 p.m. local time, with his teammate Dani Pedrosa following immediately afterward.

On his first run, Marquez improved on yesterday’s time by nearly half a second before crashing without consequences at turn one. He was able to quickly re-join the action and tried various chassis settings with his RC213V. Pedrosa also tried a number of setup options, improving his pace as the evening progressed. With approximately one hour remaining, both riders tried a new aerodynamic solution, using a new fairing with winglets.

Marc rode 42 laps this evening, with his best time of 1’56.046 occurring on lap 4. Dani also completed a total of 42 laps, setting his quickest time of 1’55.857 on his final lap. Temperatures were similar to the first evening, with air and ground maximums of 23° C.

The test will conclude tomorrow.

Dani Pedrosa

1'55.857 42 Laps

“We have improved a lot compared to yesterday even if I found it a little hard to get back on the pace at the beginning. Later on I was able to do almost a full race simulation and was able to gain experience with the electronics and tyres. At the end we tried to improve our feeling, which is not as good as we would like, but we must be positive and improve step by step. We tested the winglets for the first time and they certainly change the feeling we have but the first contact went well. There are some positives and some negative things, but it was only the first prototype and I guess we'll have to change some things to improve the aerodynamics. Let's see if tomorrow, on the last day of testing, we can take a small step forward in order to better understand where we can be in the opening race."

Marc Marquez

1'56.046 42 Laps

“We have taken some steps forward from yesterday. We have improved the feeling when cornering - the bike turns in a little more - and that has allowed us to lower our times slightly, but we still have some problems exiting corners. The pace we have is good although we are still finding it difficult to get rear grip. The lap times are the same with both with new and used tyres; we could not take advantage of the new rubber and that is something we are working on the most. In the last run we tested some small winglets and we will have to analyse them well, because we only used them for one four-lap stint, so there will be further research and development. It is only the first prototype. Tomorrow we will try to take another step forward.”

MotoGP 2016
Testing   Qatar

Day 2 - Top 10 Results

Night - Clear
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.436
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.072
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.099
4 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.241
5 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 0.379
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.420
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.421
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.511
9 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.610
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.690
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)