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Rossi 2018 Qatar Test

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back on track in Qatar for a very special third and final day of MotoGP testing. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales had a full schedule today, completing both a dry and a wet session. They ended the 2018 MotoGP pre-season testing on a positive note, finishing in second and fifth place respectively in today’s and the combined timesheets, and in third and seventh position in the wet session.

Unable to complete his time attack yesterday, Rossi was eager to make strides today. The Doctor entered the track at 15:30 local time and he wasn’t to let a small set-back get in his way. Though he suffered a crash in turn 14 with still four hours of the dry session remaining, he was unharmed and quickly back out on track to make up for lost time.

The Italian spent the remainder of the available dry time preparing for the first race of the season, to be held at the Losail International Circuit in two weeks’ time, and noticeably quickened his pace towards the end of the session. He ended the dry testing in second place with a 1’54.276s, set on lap 42 of 49 laps, 0.247s from first.

Viñales also showed that hard work pays off. He started the session half an hour after his teammate, but went the extra mile to find a good set-up, ahead of the first round of the MotoGP season.

He completed 40 laps in total and made a big step in the final 40 minutes of the dry testing time. He wrapped up the third day of testing in fifth place, posting a best time of 1’54.471s, set on lap 38, 0.442s off the front.

Following the dry session, the riders were given the opportunity to test the Losail circuit in (artificial) wet conditions during the final hour. Rossi completed the wet session in third place with a 2’15.542s. Viñales secured seventh place in the wet session results, clocking a 2’21.302s.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in Qatar on March 15th for the MotoGP 2018 Line-up Presentation and to commence the 2018 season, with the Grand Prix of Qatar being held from March 16th – 18th.

Rossi 2018 Qatar Test

2018 Qatar Test Results

COMBINED RESULTS
DAY 1-2-3
1. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’54.029
2. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’54.276
3. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM 1’54.331
4. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA CASTROL 1’54.457
5. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 1’54.471
6. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’54.586
7. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’54.591
8. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR 1’54.650
9. D. PETRUCCI ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1’54.659
10. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM 1’54.692
11. J. MILLER ALMA PRAMAC RACING 1’54.749
12. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM 1’54.774
13. F. MORBIDELLI EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1’55.132
14. B. SMITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1’55.179
15. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’55.232
16. H. SYAHRIN MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 1’55.273
17. K. ABRAHAM ANGEL NIETO TEAM 1’55.300
18. A. BAUTISTA ANGEL NIETO TEAM 1’55.347
19. T. RABAT REALE AVINTIA RACING 1’55.465
20. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING 1’55.489
21. T. NAKAGAMI LCR HONDA IDEMITSU 1’55.539
22. S. REDDING APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI 1’55.595
23. X. SIMEON REALE AVINTIA RACING 1’55.943
24. T. LUTHI EG 0,0 MARC VDS 1’56.122
25. M. KALLIO KTM TEST TEAM 1’57.218

 

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