Eleventh on the grid Andrea Iannone surprisingly set the pace during warm-up for the season opening Qatar MotoGP.

Iannone, hampered by a technical problem in qualifying, ran the medium rear tyre (the hardest option available to Ducati and the Open class) with his fourth of ten laps keeping him 0.054s clear of Aleix Espargaro.

Open class star Espargaro repaired his confidence after a qualifying nightmare, which saw two falls from the Forward Yamaha, but - like Iannone - will need to fight through from ninth on the grid.

Factory Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo will likewise be encouraged with third place, his best of the weekend, while front row starter Alvaro Bautista, tenth on the grid Valentino Rossi and pole sitter Marc Marquez completed the top six.

However Marquez was notably running the hard, rather than medium, rear tyre.

Ducati's Cal Crutchlow fell at the end of the session - a lowside on entry to turn two. The Englishman was unhurt, as was Danilo Petrucci, who fell from his Ioda earlier on.

Iannone to Crutchlow in eleventh were covered by just 0.762s!

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1. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 55.657s
2. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 55.711s | +0.054s
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.769s | +0.112s
4. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 55.868s | +0.211s
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.977s | +0.320s
6. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.990s | +0.333s
7. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.001s | +0.344s
8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.037s | +0.380s
9. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 56.230s | +0.573s
10. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.290s | +0.633s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 56.419s | +0.762s
12. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 56.507s | +0.850s
13. Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 56.668s | +1.011s
14. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 56.889s | +1.232s
15. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 56.908s | +1.251s
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 57.228s | +1.571s
17. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 57.293s | +1.636s
18. Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 57.294s | +1.637s
19. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 57.329s | +1.672s
20. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 58.378s | +2.721s
21. Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 58.625s | +2.968s
22. Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 58.734s | +3.077s
23. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 2m 0.083s | +4.426s

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.

Pole position: Marc Marquez ESP Honda 1m 54.505s

Official Qatar MotoGP records: Best lap: Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 53.927s (2011) Fastest race lap: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati 1m 55.153s (2008)

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