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Marquez and Pedrosa at the Qatar Test

The final day of the last test of the pre-season dawned sunny and dry but quite windy in Qatar. Marc Marquez headed out on the track soon after 3 pm. followed shortly by teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Both riders used these three days to finalize their preparation for the start of the 2018 season and to work on the race setup of their RC213V. For the first time, today they also had the chance to ride in the wet at the Losail Circuit, as race direction organized a special test for the final hour, artificially soaking the track.

Marc completed a 10-lap mini long run and a total of 75 laps, with a best time of 1’54.591” on lap 70  to finish sixth fastest for the day. Dani ended in 11th place with a best time of 1’54.774” on lap 29 of 44.

The team will now fly back to Europe for two weeks but will return on track at Losail on Friday, 16 March, for the first practice of the Qatar GP (2.45 – 3.30 p.m., local time).

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Marc Marquez – 6TH (7TH IN THE COMBINED STANDINGS) 1’54.591

“I’m satisfied with how our pre-season went in general. We’ve worked a lot on our race pace, which is the most important thing in the end. It’s true that we’ve struggled a bit here in Qatar, but we’re happy anyway, as today in particular we took a step forward and I was able to lap consistently enough in the low-to-medium 1’55” range. Today we also tried the carbon swing arm in just one run, and I managed to ride quite fast, though we need to work more on that. For sure the championship will be very competitive starting at the first race, but I hope to enjoy it. Regarding the test in the wet, well, with the reflection of the light it’s a bit more difficult than usual to see the kerbs and the white line, and the track is a bit slippery, but for me it should be possible to do the race if it rains.”


Dani Pedrosa 11TH (12TH IN THE COMBINED STANDINGS) 1’54.774

“I’m quite happy with the pre-season overall, with the work we’ve done, and with our pace. We’ve been competitive in different conditions, which is positive. Unfortunately, the crash on the first day made things a bit difficult for us here, and the track itself is also a bit demanding for us, but we made some progress and improved our pace a little anyway. We’re not the fastest here at the moment, but we worked well and understood a lot about the conditions and how the track changes between having grip and not having it. We learned a lot about these things. Now we have to focus on ourselves, not looking at the others, and I think we can take another step for the race. I look forward to starting the championship! Regarding the wet test, I think that in case of rain for the race, we’ll have to speak and decide all together.”

Qatar Test Results: Day 3

1ZARCO Johann5FRAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’54.029
2ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP0.247
3DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati Team0.302
5VINALES Maverick25SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP0.442
6MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda Team0.562
7RINS Alex42SPATeam Suzuki Ecstar0.621
8PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAAlma Pramac Racing0.630
9LORENZO Jorge99SPADucati Team0.663
10MILLER Jack43AUSAlma Pramac Racing0.720
11PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda Team0.745
12MORBIDELLI Franco21ITAEG 0,0 Marc VDS1.103
13SMITH Bradley38GBRRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1.150
14ESPARGARO Aleix41SPAAprilia Racing Team Gresini1.203
15SYAHRIN Hafizh55MALMonster Yamaha Tech 31.244
16ABRAHAM Karel17CZEAngel Nieto Team1.271
17BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAAngel Nieto Team1.318
18RABAT Tito53SPAReale Avintia Racing1.436
19ESPARGARO Pol44SPARed Bull KTM Factory Racing1.460
20REDDING Scott45GBRAprilia Racing Team Gresini1.566
21NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPNLCR Honda1.734
22SIMEON Xavier10BELReale Avintia Racing1.914
23LUTHI Tom12SWIEG 0,0 Marc VDS2.093
24IANNONE Andrea29ITATeam Suzuki Ecstar/

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