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MotoGP 2016: Yamaha Lands first in 1st Day of Qatar testing

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valentino-rossi-2016After two previous Official Tests in Sepang and on Phillip Island last month, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi were back on the Losail International Circuit today for the final three-day practice session before the start of the 2016 season on the 20th of March.

Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders flexed their muscles once more on their YZR-M1s as they worked through a number of test items ahead of the start of the 2016 FIM MotoGP World Championship.

After a successful but challenging test on Phillip Island, Lorenzo was looking forward to continuing working on the setting of his Yamaha in Qatar. Though the Losail International Circuit can be testy, with the cold night temperatures and sand on the track, Lorenzo wasn‘t shy to get busy and continued the progress he made during the pre-season. He soon took over the top spot in the rankings and went on to become the first rider to breach into the 1‘55s. The Spaniard continued to prove how well the YZR-M1 performs with the new Michelin tyres when he set a best lap of the day of 1‘55.452s and ended the day almost half a second ahead of all of his rivals.

Teammate Rossi was also eager to get back to work, but had to delay making his mark on the timesheets by a few minutes after he suffered a small crash in the morning. Luckily unharmed, he quickly returned back on the track. The Doctor soon got back up to speed and made the most of this first chance to test his bike under similar conditions to those expected for the upcoming race. He used the remaining time to set up his bike to his preference and climbed up to third place in the time sheets to wrap up the day with a best lap of 1‘55.894s, 0.442s behind his teammate.

1.

J. LORENZO

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP

1’55.452

2.

M. VIÑALES

TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR

1’55.880

3.

V. ROSSI

MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP

1’55.894

4.

A. IANNONE

DUCATI TEAM

1’56.119

5.

S. REDDING

OCTO PRAMAC RACING

1’56.213

6.

H. BARBERA

AVINTIA RACING

1’56.320

7.

A. DOVIZIOSO

DUCATI TEAM

1’56.388

8.

C. CRUTCHLOW

LCR HONDA

1’56.510

9.

B. SMITH

MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3

1’56.517

10.

M. MARQUEZ

REPSOL HONDA TEAM

1’56.523

11.

A. ESPARGARÒ

TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR

1’56.552

12.

P. ESPARGARÒ

MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3

1’56.747

13.

D. PEDROSA

REPSOL HONDA TEAM

1’56.910

14.

L. BAZ

AVINTIA RACING

1’57.121

15.

Y. HERNANDEZ

ASPAR MOTOGP TEAM

1’57.178

16.

J. MILLER

MARC VDS RACING TEAM

1’57.850

17.

M. PIRRO

DUCATI TEAM

1’57.891

18.

T. RABAT

EG 0,0 MARC VDS

1’58.016

19.

S. BRADL

APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI

1’58.066

20.

E. LAVERTY

ASPAR MOTOGP TEAM

1’58.269

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