New Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso made encouraging progress on his factory RC212V during the first night of 'serious' testing at Qatar, setting the fourth fastest lap time in the process.
The highly-rated Italian focused on electronic settings to improve the power delivery of his factory machine, with promising results.
Though a strong wind blowing sand across the track meant lap times were two seconds off those in the 2008 race, Dovizioso completed 60 laps with a best of 1min 57.879sec lap, which was 0.740sec off Casey Stoner's best.
“This was an interesting [night] and I'm happy with how it went,” said Dovi. “We tried many settings with the electronic systems on the machine to enhance the power delivery. The results were pretty positive and now we'll have a meeting to decide how to move things forward tomorrow.
“The track conditions were not so bad - not as good as the race here last year, but considering how windy it was today, it was OK. The lap times were not as fast as the race lap times, but it was a good test today and we're moving forward,” he confirmed
Dovizioso will return to Losail tomorrow for the final session of the night test, but team-mate Team Dani Pedrosa - who injured his left hand and knee in a Monday highside - will not ride on Tuesday (see separate stories).