MotoGP lap times from a quiet opening night at the Qatar test, held at Losail.

One hour after the circuit opened at 6pm, a rain shower brought proceedings to an abrupt halt. With no sun to dry the floodlit surface, wet patches remained on parts of the track until the end of the test at 12 midnight.

As a result, reigning world champion Valentino Rossi (like team-mate Jorge Lorenzo) completed only one lap, while Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi never left the pits.

Nevertheless, Sunday marked the return of Kawasaki, running Marco Melandri in its new 'unofficial' format under the name of 'Hayate Racing Team'. Guinea Ecuatorial Team's Sete Gibernau is absent due to a shoulder injury.

Testing continues on Monday night with the opening round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship also at Qatar, on the evening of April 12.

1. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 2min 0.717 sec
2. Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 2min 0.867 sec
3. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 2min 1.020 sec
4. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 2min 1.074 sec
5. Niccolo Canepa ITA Pramac Racing 2min 1.328 sec
6. Chris Vermeulen AUS Team Suzuki 2min 1.843 sec
7. Yuki Takahashi JPN Team Scot 2min 3.221 sec
8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 2min 3.233 sec
9. James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 2min 3.417 sec
10. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 2min 3.580 sec
11. Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha 2min 3.652 sec
12. Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 2min 8.637 sec
13. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 2min 24.832 sec
14. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 12min 12.31.872 sec

2008 Qatar Grand Prix - 9/3/2008: Pole position: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha (M) 1min 53.927sec

Fastest race laps by manufacturer: Ducati: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 55.153sec Yamaha: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha (M) 1min 55.528sec Honda: Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 1min 55.559sec Kawasaki: John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing (B) 1min 56.491sec Suzuki: Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki (B) 1min 56.689sec


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