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Rins tops Day 2 of Qatar test, Rossi 19th

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Rins tops Day 2 of Qatar test, Rossi 19th
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Feb 24, 2019, 7:08 PM

Suzuki rider Alex Rins narrowly beat Maverick Vinales to end the second day of MotoGP pre-season testing at Qatar on top, while Valentino Rossi was only 19th.

Like on the opening day of the test, factory Ducati duo Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso spent the most time on top of the timesheets, but both were beaten by Rins and Vinales in the end.

Petrucci was the first rider to beat Vinales' benchmark from Day 1 by going below the 1m55s barrier, only to be demoted by the Yamaha rider and then Rins as the test was coming to a close.

Vinales went three tenths faster than Petrucci but Rins soon went even quicker with two hours left on the clock.

Rins stayed on top with his 1m54.593s laptime as the session ended, beating Vinales by 0.057s.

Petronas SRT Yamaha rookie Fabio Quartararo had an impressive showing by taking third, just 0.315s off the pace.

Petrucci ended up fourth ahead of the top Honda of Marc Marquez and Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro, who made it five different manufacturers in the top six.

LCR Honda man Takaaki Nakagami improved on his Day 1 position by one to take seventh, narrowly outpacing Dovizioso, who dropped as low as eighth.

Nakagami's teammate Cal Crutchlow, who had one '18 and '19-spec Honda at his disposal, grabbed ninth with Pol Espargaro leading KTM's efforts in 10th.

Espargaro's teammate Johann Zarco had another low-key session in 17th.

Jorge Lorenzo improved by 1.3s compared to Day 1 but was only 18th, although still ahead of Yamaha's Rossi, the Italian only grabbing 19th, more than a second adrift of Vinales.

Testing times, Day 2:

 Pos. No.  Rider Bike  Time   Delay   Laps 
42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.593   47
12 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1'54.650 0.057 52
20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.908 0.315 54
9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'54.953 0.360 48
93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'55.004 0.411 57
41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.173 0.580 55
30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.175 0.582 47
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.205 0.612 53
35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.247 0.654 35
10  44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'55.255 0.662 44
11  36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.280 0.687 48
12  43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.380 0.787 42
13  21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.556 0.963 52
14  53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'55.661 1.068 51
15  63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.680 1.087 49
16  29 Andrea Iannone Aprilia 1'55.698 1.105 38
17  5 Johann Zarco KTM 1'55.716 1.123 60
18  99 Jorge Lorenzo Honda 1'55.742 1.149 44
19  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.795 1.202 51
20  17 Karel Abraham Ducati 1'55.951 1.358 51
21  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'56.274 1.681 51
22  38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'56.866 2.273 63
23  55 Hafizh Syahrin KTM 1'56.983 2.390 42
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