Buriram MotoGP test: Cal Crutchlow fastest on day one for LCR Honda

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow edged out Suzuki's Alex Rins to top the opening day of MotoGP's second pre-season test of the year in Thailand

On MotoGP's first-ever visit to the Buriram circuit - which will play host to the inaugural Thailand Grand Prix later this year - Crutchlow proved the benchmark, setting a 1m30.797s with a little under 40 minutes to go despite suffering a crash earlier in the day.

It was works Honda man Marc Marquez that led the way for the bulk of Friday's running, cementing his position at the top of the timesheets with a 1m30.912s just after midday, and that time wasn't challenged until a flurry of late improvements came in the final hour.

Besides Crutchlow, the only other man to beat Marquez was Rins, who leapt from fourth to second with a time of 1m30.809s aboard the Suzuki.

Andrea Dovizioso, second behind Marquez for much of the day, was fourth on the best of the Ducatis, just a tenth-and-a-half slower than Crutchlow.

Dovizioso trialled a new type of aerodynamic fairing for the first time, while works team-mate Jorge Lorenzo - who was 10th-fastest - had his own variant to sample.

A late improvement by Dani Pedrosa on the second works Honda made it three Hondas in the top five, ahead of Pramac Ducati pair Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller.

Valentino Rossi was top Yamaha in eighth, 0.392 seconds off the pace, ahead of the second Suzuki of Andrea Iannone and Lorenzo.

Maverick Vinales could do no better than 11th, fractionally ahead of Tech3 Yamaha man Johann Zarco.

Aleix Espargaro was best of the Aprilias in 15th, while Bradley Smith led the charge for KTM in 20th in the absence of team-mate Pol Espargaro.

KTM tester Mika Kallio, deputising for Espargaro, had his day cut short by a major high-side and was taken to the medical centre for checks, finishing up 23rd.

In his first-ever MotoGP outing, Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin - who is in line for Jonas Folger's vacant seat at Tech3 - was 24th and last, 2.368s off the pace.

Friday test times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m30.797s - 70
2 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m30.809s 0.012s 70
3 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m30.912s 0.115s 78
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m30.945s 0.148s 60
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m30.960s 0.163s 75
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.003s 0.206s 74
7 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m31.044s 0.247s 83
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.189s 0.392s 74
9 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m31.235s 0.438s 78
10 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m31.246s 0.449s 64
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.294s 0.497s 70
12 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.305s 0.508s 67
13 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m31.523s 0.726s 85
14 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.525s 0.728s 84
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m31.662s 0.865s 62
16 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m31.685s 0.888s 59
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m31.692s 0.895s 87
18 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m31.698s 0.901s 82
19 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m31.729s 0.932s 72
20 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m31.741s 0.944s 67
21 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m32.716s 1.919s 79
22 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m32.720s 1.923s 50
23 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m32.749s 1.952s 48
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m33.165s 2.368s 70

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