Maverick Vinales, a rival to beat after the pre-season of MotoGP

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Maverick Viñales has closed the pre-season of MotoGP with the fastest time of the test in Qatar. The Yamaha rider, with a time of 1:54.330, has been the fastest in the last day of testing at Losail. With this record, Viñales becomes the dominator of the tests of winter after being the fastest in the Sepang, Phillip Island and Losail, the three circuits that treadeth in the category queen in this phase of preparation. Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa have finished second and third, making clear that Ducati and Honda are also not far away.

The margin of the script dominator of Maverick Viñales, the last day of the tests in the layout of Losail has served to see the best version of Ducati. Andrea Dovizioso was second, 71 milliseconds of reference time, while Jorge Lorenzo finished fourth. The pilot of the balearic islands in addition to completing 53 laps has been commissioned to do the final tests with the ‘Hammerhead’, the radical fairing that the signature of Borgo Panigale has been analyzed in this test. Between the two, Dani Pedrosa has proved that the RC213V is in the fight, despite the three falls suffered by Marc Marquez.

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Alvaro Bautista has been one of the protagonists of the last day of the tests after finishing in the fifth position with the Ducati GP16 of the Aspar Team. In addition, the Spanish rider suffered a fall, bad that have accused several riders throughout the day, as is the case of Danilo Petrucci. All in all, the team that suffered the most in this aspect was the Aprilia Gresini, the whole time Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes were going to the ground throughout the day. All in all, the Italian brand has stepped forward and seems to be close to Suzuki in terms of performance.

In this aspect, the drivers of both manufacturers have rolled by behind two of the great revelations of the preseason, the couple of pilots ‘rookies’ of Tech 3. No errors or crashes, showing a great adaptation and a rapid innate in the three paths, visited, Jonas Folger has closed the test in Qatar in seventh position, with Johann Zarco located in the ninth square. A moral blow to the structure of Hervé Poncharal, something that you can’t move to team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. In fact, Pol Espargaró, Bradley Smith and Mika Kallio have not managed to leave the red lantern with the RC16.

Times third day test MotoGP at Losail

Pos Pilot Team Fastest Lap Dif. Leader Dif. Prior Turns
1 Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha 1:54.330 33 / 60
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1:54.401 0.071 0.071 27 / 43
3 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda 1:54.469 0.139 0.068 46 / 50
4 Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team 1:54.519 0.189 0.050 29 / 53
5 Álvaro BAUTISTA Aspar Team 1:54.714 0.384 0.195 46 / 65
6 Scott REDDING Octo Pramac 1:54.750 0.420 0.036 58 / 62
7 Jonas FOLGER Tech 3 1:54.807 0.477 0.057 45 / 53
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1:54.821 0.491 0.014 64 / 70
9 Johann ZARCO Tech 3 1:54.900 0.570 0.079 46 / 52
10 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda 1:54.990 0.660 0.090 12 / 47
11 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha 1:55.185 0.855 0.195 40 / 54
12 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki Ecstar 1:55.284 0.954 0.099 52 / 54
13 Karel ABRAHAM Aspar Team 1:55.333 1.003 0.049 39 / 39
14 Alex RINS Suzuki Ecstar 1:55.362 1.032 0.029 43 / 64
15 Aleix ESPARGARÓ Aprilia Gresini 1:55.451 1.121 0.089 24 / 33
16 Jack MILLER Marc VDS 1:55.455 1.125 0.004 62 / 69
17 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 1:55.539 1.209 0.084 30 / 36
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Octo Pramac 1:55.556 1.226 0.017 27 / 44
19 Sam LOWES Aprilia Gresini 1:56.167 1.837 0.611 35 / 36
20 Tito RABAT Marc VDS 1:56.294 1.964 0.127 48 / 52
21 Bradley SMITH Red Bull KTM 1:56.351 2.021 0.057 42 / 56
22 Pol ESPARGARÓ Red Bull KTM 1:56.471 2.141 0.120 21 / 51
23 Mika KALLIO Red Bull KTM 1:56.891 2.561 0.420 40 / 45