The official Honda, Yamaha and Ducati teams did not attend the recent Qatar test and thus start this weekend at a disadvantage.
World champion Marc Marquez is riding his first MotoGP laps since fracturing his leg in February.
Pol Espargaro is back on track despite breaking his collarbone at the Qatar test on March 9. The reigning Moto2 champion was fortunately unharmed in a heavy fall early in FP2.
Andrea Dovizioso shot to second using the soft rear tyre at the end of the session, which Aleix Espargaro then used to set the best lap of the weekend so far.
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1. Aleix Espargaro
ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 54.989s
2. Andrea Dovizioso
ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 55.320s | +0.331s
3. Alvaro Bautista
ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 55.446s | +0.457s
4. Dani Pedrosa
ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.562s | +0.573s
5. Marc Marquez
ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.607s | +0.618s
6. Bradley Smith
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.650s | +0.661s
7. Stefan Bradl
GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 55.856s | +0.867s
8. Pol Espargaro
ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.913s | +0.924s
9. Valentino Rossi
ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.984s | +0.995s
10. Andrea Iannone
ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 56.006s | +1.017s
11. Jorge Lorenzo
ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 56.172s | +1.183s
12. Colin Edwards
USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 56.238s | +1.249s
13. Cal Crutchlow
GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 56.720s | +1.731s
14. Nicky Hayden
USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 57.006s | +2.017s
15. Yonny Hernandez
COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 57.119s | +2.130s
16. Scott Redding
GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 57.296s | +2.307s
17. Karel Abraham
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 57.368s | +2.379s
18. Hiroshi Aoyama
JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 57.634s | +2.645s
19. Hector Barbera
ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.290s | +3.301s
20. Mike Di Meglio
FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 58.410s | +3.421s
21. Broc Parkes
AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 58.436s | +3.447s
22. Danilo Petrucci
ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 59.078s | +4.089s
23. Michael Laverty
GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 59.646s | +4.657s
Blue = Factory - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze).
Black = Factory (with concessions) - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Currently only Ducati, but technically applicable to any Factory manufacturer that has not achieved a dry win the previous year, or any new MotoGP manufacturer.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, plus the same softer rear tyre allocation and extra testing opportunities as the Open category. Fuel to be reduced to 22 litres should Ducati achieve a race win, two second places or three (dry) podiums during 2014. If Ducati claims three wins this season they will also lose the softer rear tyre. All other concessions confirmed until start of single ECU era in 2016.
Red = Open - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, a softer rear tyre allocation and more testing opportunities relative to the Factory option.
Fastest Thursday time:
ESP Forward-Yamaha 1m 55.201s
Fastest 2014 Qatar test time:
ESP Forward-Yamaha 1m 54.874s
Official Qatar MotoGP records:
ESP Yamaha 1m 53.927s
Fastest race lap:
AUS Ducati 1m 55.153s
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