Jorge Lorenzo blitzes final day of MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar

Yamaha's world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished MotoGP pre-season testing in scintillating style, finishing the final day in Qatar half-a-second clear

Jorge Lorenzo blitzes final day of MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar

Lorenzo was the dominant force in the opening test last month at Sepang, and after a quieter week in Australia, led Wednesday's first night in Qatar, where the season will start in a fortnight.

The Spaniard went to the top just before 7pm local time with a lap of 1m54.810s, a full 0.725 seconds faster than the rest of the field at that stage.

That lap was also 0.457s better than the fastest lap of last year's Qatar Grand Prix, set by team-mate Valentino Rossi.

While no-one beat Lorenzo, his margin at the top did eventually close slightly.

Having been fifth and fourth on the first two days, Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding continued his strong week on Friday when he slotted into second place with 90 minutes remaining.

The Briton turned a lap of 1m55.326s to be Lorenzo's closest challenger, 0.516s behind for the day and week, and the only satellite rider inside the top six.

Thursday pacesetter Maverick Vinales stopped on track during the session but capped a promising pre-season for Suzuki with the third-fastest time, just 0.007s behind Redding.

Marc Marquez and Rossi were fourth and fifth, the pair both falling for a second time in the test, at Turn 16 and Turn 10 respectively.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa finished a quiet 14th.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone led the way before Lorenzo's effort but did not improve thereafter and ended up sixth, ahead of Cal Crutchlow, Andrea Dovizioso, Hector Barbera and Pol Espargaro.

Crutchlow and Barbera each crashed before running effectively finished, while Loris Baz, Aleix Espargaro and Tito Rabat also crashed on their way to 13th, 15th and 17th respectively.

Alvaro Bautista put the new Aprilia RS-GP 18th, 2.233s off Lorenzo's pace and three spots ahead of team-mate Stefan Bradl.

FRIDAY TEST RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m54.810s - 51
2 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1m55.326s 0.516s 55
3 Maverick Vinales Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 1m55.333s 0.523s 48
4 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m55.402s 0.592s 52
5 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m55.429s 0.619s 55
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati Team Ducati 1m55.535s 0.725s 52
7 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m55.592s 0.782s 46
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 1m55.700s 0.890s 47
9 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m55.733s 0.923s 23
10 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1m55.882s 1.072s 40
11 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1m55.894s 1.084s 18
12 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1m55.966s 1.156s 62
13 Loris Baz Avintia Racing Ducati 1m56.057s 1.247s 27
14 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 1m56.142s 1.332s 30
15 Aleix Espargaro Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 1m56.419s 1.609s 32
16 Michele Pirro Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1m56.591s 1.781s 63
17 Tito Rabat EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1m57.027s 2.217s 29
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1m57.043s 2.233s 52
19 Jack Miller EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1m57.046s 2.236s 40
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1m57.146s 2.336s 51
21 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1m57.340s 2.530s 61
22 Takuya Tsuda Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2m00.291s 5.481s 20


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