The official testing phase of the 2018 MotoGP season comes to an end in Qatar. All the teams and riders gave their final shot on Friday night at the Losail International Circuit. It was wet but most of the riders went ahead to complete the testing.
During the final test day, Marc Marquez was struggling to find grip in his front tyre. According to Miller, he saw Marquez lost control of his front end six times over a span of two laps, but each time the reigning world champion did some sorcery like always and regained control over his bike. Miller was riding behind Marc.
Valentino Rossi was trying out the different type of tyres for his front. He tried soft and hard. He likes the soft one as it provides more grip, but it wears off quickly. The hard one wasn’t grippy. He said he’d try to keep the wear of the soft tyre to a minimum.
While Rossi was finding it difficult to get his front in check, his teammate, Vinales was fighting to find grip in his rear tyre. He said that he’s struggling to get good acceleration out of corners as the rear wheel is spinning off.
Dovizioso didn’t do all of his laps as he had some stomach problem. But whatever he did, it was fantastic. He managed to score good lap times. Just like in the previous season, we’ve got high hopes for him this time too and would love to see him give a tough fight to get the world title.
The first race of the 2018 MotoGP season is scheduled for 18th March in Qatar. It is the only night race in the MotoGP calendar. The last season was phenomenal. And we’re expecting to see even more action this year. We’ll be covering the entire season thoroughly, so stay tuned for that. Till then, here are the final timings from the final test day in Qatar.
1) Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 54.029s [Lap 29/53]
2) Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.276s +0.247s [42/49]
3) Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 54.331s +0.302s [34/50]
4) Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.457s +0.428s [29/57]
5) Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.471s +0.442s [38/40]
6) Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.591s +0.562s [70/75]
7) Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 54.650s +0.621s [30/48]
8) Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 54.659s +0.630s [32/56]
9) Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 54.692s +0.663s [43/63]
10) Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 54.749s +0.720s [54/56]
11) Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.774s +0.745s [29/44]
12) Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 55.132s +1.103s [38/54]
13) Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 55.179s +1.150s [42/47]
14) Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 55.232s +1.203s [26/60]
15) Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 55.273s +1.244s [30/44]
16) Karel Abraham CZE Angel Nieto Team (GP16) 1m 55.300s +1.271s [25/50]
17) Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 1m 55.347s +1.318s [34/58]
18) Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 55.465s +1.436s [45/56]
19) Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 55.489s +1.460s [35/47]
20) Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 55.595s +1.566s [29/54]
21) Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 55.763s +1.734s [39/40]
22) Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16) 1m 55.943s +1.914s [48/51]
23) Tom Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 56.122s +2.093s [29/59]