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Repsol Honda conclude final pre-season test in Qatar
Qatar (Monday, March 13th 2017) – The 2017 MotoGP pre-season came to an end today with the third and final night of testing in Qatar. The timesheets saw Dani Pedrosa ending in third place (1’54.469” on lap 46 of 50), with teammate Marc Marquez 10th (1’54.990” on lap 12 of 47).
Both of the Repsol Honda men spent a productive night completing their testing plans, which included electronics, aerodynamics and refinement of general race setup, with the focus on keeping a good race pace. Dani continued until almost the end of the session, further improving his lap time at the end.
Marc fell once very early in the session and twice after 9 p.m. with no consequences, but he had to abort his race simulation on his sixth lap in the mid-1’55” range.
Action will resume at the same track on Thursday, 23 March, with FP1 for the Grand Prix of Qatar, the opening race of the 2017 MotoGP Championship.
“I think today was a positive day in general. We had a few things to sort out from yesterday, and step-by-step we improved our feeling, the lap times and our rhythm in general. The improvement was general and even if we still have work to do, we gained confidence and this was a positive end to the pre-season. This track is not one of my favourites, but the team did a great job and things kept improving. We’re in better shape than last year and we’ll try to add this confidence to the motivation for the GP and to do our best at the first race.”
“I’m happy with the pace we were able to keep today but of course it hasn’t been the best test of the pre-season for us. I crashed three times, the first at the very beginning because the bike had a wobble at turn 4 and I braked late. Then later in the night I lost the front twice, and especially the last crash during my race simulation was my fault. But when you’re doing a long run you must try and push, otherwise you can’t understand where you really are. Anyway, better if this kind of thing happens now, during a test, and hopefully when we come here again for the race we’ll be able to manage things better. As I said, our rhythm is quite good; only Maverick [Viñales] is faster than everyone here, and if we were to race tomorrow I believe we should be able to fight for the podium.”
Results Day 3
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Maverick 25 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 1’54.330
Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 0.071
Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.139
Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 0.189
Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 0.384
Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 0.420
Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0.477
Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 0.491
Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 0.570
Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.660
Valentino 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team 0.855
Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.954
Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1.003
Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1.032
Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.121
Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.125
Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1.209
Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1.226
Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1.837
Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1.964
Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.021
Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.141
Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2.561