While the official Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams concluded their pre-season preparations at Phillip Island earlier this week, the remaining MotoGP teams are holding their final test at Qatar from Friday to Sunday.
The test sees the return of PBM, after skipping the second Sepang test, while Iodaracing is making its 2014 debut - running its new ART machinery and lone rider Danilo Petrucci.
In order to replicate conditions during the season-opening night race, held at the same Losail circuit from March 20-23, testing began at 4pm and concludes at 11pm.
No riders went out in the opening two hours, preferring to wait until the sun had gone down...
1. Pol Espargaro
ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.942s
2. Alvaro Bautista
ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 56.166s | +0.224s
3. Aleix Espargaro
ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward-Yamaha) 1m 56.167s | +0.225s
4. Stefan Bradl
GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 56.396s | +0.454s
5. Bradley Smith
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.458s | +0.516s
6. Andrea Iannone
ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 56.752s | +0.810s
7. Colin Edwards
USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward-Yamaha) 1m 56.892s | +0.950s
8. Yonny Hernandez
COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 57.067s | +1.125s
9. Scott Redding
GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 57.753s | +1.811s
10. Nicky Hayden
USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 58.228s | +2.286s
11. Hector Barbera
ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.522s | +2.580s
12. Hiroshi Aoyama
JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 58.579s | +2.637s
13. Mike Di Meglio
FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.774s | +2.832s
14. Danilo Petrucci
ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 59.619s | +3.677s
15. Broc Parkes
AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 2m 0.009s | +4.067s
Blue = Factory class - Control ECU hardware, but unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, five engine changes for the season. All engines must be identical throughout the year, within the same team (development freeze).
Red = Open class - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, twelve engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, plus a softer rear tyre allocation relative to the Factory class.
Fastest Friday time:
ESP Forward-Yamaha 1m 55.386s
Official Qatar MotoGP records:
ESP Yamaha 1m 53.927s
Fastest race lap:
AUS Ducati 1m 55.153s
Fastest 2013 race laps by manufacturer:
ESP Honda 1m 55.445s
ESP Yamaha 1m 55.569s
USA Ducati 1m 56.437s
Randy de Puniet
FRA ART 1m 57.710s
ESP FTR-Kawasaki 1m 57.989s
CZE Ioda-Suter 1m 59.405s
GBR PBM-ART 1m 59.713s
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