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.
ESP Honda 1m 54.505s
Official Qatar MotoGP records:
ESP Yamaha 1m 53.927s
Fastest race lap:
AUS Ducati 1m 55.153s
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