Vinales ends testing on top, Marquez crashes three times

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales ended the final day of MotoGP pre-season testing in Qatar with the fastest time, as Marc Marquez crashed his Honda three times.

Vinales ends testing on top, Marquez crashes three times

After topping the times on Saturday, Vinales – who also ended up quickest in the first two tests of 2017 in Sepang and Phillip Island – logged Sunday’s fastest time, a 1m54.330s with around two hours and 20 minutes remaining of the session.

That knocked off early pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo off the top of the times, the Ducati rider having set a best of 1m54.519s just a few minutes before.

Lorenzo, who later trialled Ducati’s new aerodynamic fairing first seen on Saturday on Andrea Dovizioso’s bike, was soon demoted to third by the Italian rider, who using the standard bodywork beat his teammate by 0.121s to go second.

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa later managed to slot himself into third in the final half-hour with a 1m54.469s, pushing Lorenzo down to fourth place.

Alvaro Bautista recovered from an early crash to complete the top five on the Aspar Ducati, 0.384s off the pace, followed by fellow Ducati satellite rider Scott Redding, who was sixth fastest for the Pramac squad with a late improvement.

Jonas Folger (Tech 3 Yamaha), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Marquez completed the top 10, the reigning champion enduring a torrid final test day.

Sampling a new type of fairing on the RC213V – different to the one seen on Friday – Marquez crashed at Turn 7, his second fall of the night, before suffering a third crash with a little over an hour remaining after reverting to the old fairing.

His best time was 0.660s off the pace of Vinales.

Valentino Rossi also had an underwhelming time on the second factory Yamaha after having been second-fastest on Saturday, finishing 11th and 0.855s slower than teammate Vinales.

Andrea Iannone was best of the Suzuki riders in 12th, also suffering a heavy crash that destroyed his GSX-RR bike, while Aleix Espargaro headed the Aprilia contingent in 15th.

KTM riders once again propped up the timesheets, with Bradley Smith the Austrian marque’s best representative in 21st, 2.021s off the pace.

Day 3 results:

Pos. Rider Team Time Gap
1  Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1:54.330  
2  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1:54.401 0.071
3  Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:54.469 0.139
4  Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1:54.519 0.189
5  Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:54.714 0.384
6  Scott Redding Ducati 1:54.750 0.420
7  Jonas Folger Yamaha 1:54.807 0.477
8  Cal Crutchlow Honda 1:54.821 0.491
9  Johann Zarco Yamaha 1:54.900 0.570
10  Marc Marquez Honda 1:54.990 0.660
11  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:55.185 0.855
12  Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1:55.284 0.954
13  Karel Abraham Ducati 1:55.333 1.003
14  Alex Rins Suzuki 1:55.362 1.032
15  Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1:55.451 1.121
16  Jack Miller Honda 1:55.455 1.125
17  Loris Baz Ducati 1:55.539 1.209
18  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1:55.556 1.226
19  Sam Lowes Aprilia 1:56.167 1.837
20  Tito Rabat Honda 1:56.294 1.964
21  Bradley Smith KTM 1:56.351 2.021
22  Pol Espargaro KTM 1:56.471 2.141
23  Mika Kallio KTM 1:56.891 2.561
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