The concluding pre-season test of 2015 has begun in Qatar’s Losail circuit. The track opened at 16h00 local time but Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa waited to take to the 5.4km track until 18h30 and 19h00 respectively, when conditions were more similar to the race weekend sessions.

As expected the track was very dirty and it took some laps from all the MotoGP riders to clean the sand and create a defined racing line. The conditions slowly improved and allowed both riders to work on general setup as well some clutch settings.

Marc finished the day in 3rd with his time of 1’55.554 on lap 23 of 44. Dani finished 5th – just 0.259 off Marc – with his time of 1’55.813 on lap 31 of 33.

Testing will resume tomorrow from 16h00 – 23h00 local time.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'55.554 (44 laps)

“I am happy with how today went. In Qatar you always have to be careful on the opening day, because the track is more slippery than normal, but today it was fairly good and you could go fast - although tomorrow we are definitely expecting it to improve further. Today we worked on a few small things such as the clutch and brakes, in order to draw conclusions. Now we have two days ahead in which to focus on our setup."

Dani Pedrosa

5th 1'55.813 (33 laps)

“In Qatar the first day is always difficult due to the conditions of the track. As more rubber is laid down, the grip improves and it becomes cleaner and more comfortable to ride. Hopefully tomorrow the track surface will already be better so we are able to test more things on the bike.”

MotoGP 2015
Testing   Qatar

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
61%
Track Temp
26°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'55.265
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'55.363
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.554
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.698
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.813
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.828
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'55.837
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.938
9 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.954
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'56.112
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'56.130
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'56.132
13 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'56.301
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.615
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'56.638
16 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'56.719
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'57.146
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'57.228
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'57.376
21 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'57.405
22 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Honda 1'57.500
23 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 1'57.664
24 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 1'58.026
25 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'58.459
26 Melandri Marco 33 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'58.990
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)