Vinales stars again to top day two in Qatar as Marquez falls

Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales produced another stunning performance to grab the top spot in the second day of MotoGP testing at Qatar.

Vinales – who was also quickest on day two of the previous test at Phillip Island – eclipsed yesterday’s fastest lap from reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo to lead today's timesheets, lapping in 1m55.436s.

He was using the version of the Suzuki’s gearbox that only has seamless upshifting, while teammate Aleix Espargaro (10th today) ran a seamless downshift system too.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone was second fastest, just 0.072s slower, but was one of four fallers during the session.

Yamaha’s Lorenzo was third quickest, his 1m55.535s slower than the 1m55.452s he managed on the opening day.

The Pramac Ducati of Scott Redding was fourth fastest, just under a quarter of a second off the pace. He again beat the Avintia-run Ducati of Hector Barbera to be best of the satellite riders.

The second works Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso was sixth quickest, ahead of the leading Honda of Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi and Marquez off the pace

Valentino Rossi was eighth, over half a second off Vinales’s pace, but a tenth clear of the second works Honda of Marc Marquez.

Marquez fell on his fourth lap at Turn 1, just after recording a 1m56.046s lap that was quickest at the time.

Michele Pirro also fell off the Pramac Ducati usually ridden by Danilo Petrucci, who is recovering from an injury sustained at Phillip Island.

Pol Espargaro was another faller, from his Tech 3 Yamaha. He was 11th fastest.

Testing times:

 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 1'55.436   42
 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'55.508 0.072 41
 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'55.535 0.099 48
 Scott Redding Ducati 1'55.677 0.241 43
 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'55.815 0.379 35
 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.856 0.420 46
 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'55.857 0.421 42
 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.947 0.511 56
 Marc Marquez Honda 1'56.046 0.610 42
10   Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'56.126 0.690 32
11   Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'56.173 0.737 30
12   Loris Baz Ducati 1'56.427 0.991 45
13   Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'56.584 1.148 50
14   Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'56.667 1.231 38
15   Esteve Rabat Honda 1'57.263 1.827 49
16   Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'57.267 1.831 14
17   Eugene Laverty Ducati 1'57.670 2.234 41
18   Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'57.721 2.285 36
19   Jack Miller Honda 1'57.789 2.353 20
20   Michele Pirro Ducati 1'58.113 2.677 21
21   Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'58.347 2.911 62
22   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 1'58.418 2.982 16
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Series MotoGP
Event Qatar March testing
Track Losail International Circuit
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Hector Barbera , Jorge Lorenzo , Scott Redding , Marc Marquez , Andrea Iannone , Maverick Viñales
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing , Repsol Honda Team , Team Suzuki MotoGP , Pramac Racing , Tech 3
Article type Testing report