MotoGP lap times from a quiet opening night at the Qatar test, held at Losail.

One hour after the circuit opened at 6pm, a rain shower brought proceedings to an abrupt halt. With no sun to dry the floodlit surface, wet patches remained on parts of the track until the end of the test at 12 midnight.

As a result, reigning world champion Valentino Rossi (like team-mate Jorge Lorenzo) completed only one lap, while Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi never left the pits.

Nevertheless, Sunday marked the return of Kawasaki, running Marco Melandri in its new 'unofficial' format under the name of 'Hayate Racing Team'. Guinea Ecuatorial Team's Sete Gibernau is absent due to a shoulder injury.

Testing continues on Monday night with the opening round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship also at Qatar, on the evening of April 12.

1.Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team2min 0.717 sec
2.Marco MelandriITA Hayate Racing Team2min 0.867 sec
3.Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing2min 1.020 sec
4.Alex de AngelisRSM San Carlo Honda Gresini2min 1.074 sec
5.Niccolo CanepaITA Pramac Racing2min 1.328 sec
6.Chris Vermeulen AUS Team Suzuki2min 1.843 sec
7.Yuki TakahashiJPN Team Scot2min 3.221 sec
8.Andrea DoviziosoITA Repsol Honda Team2min 3.233 sec
9.James ToselandGBR Tech 3 Yamaha2min 3.417 sec
10.Randy de PunietFRA LCR Honda MotoGP2min 3.580 sec
11.Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha2min 3.652 sec
12.Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini2min 8.637 sec
13.Jorge LorenzoSPA Fiat Yamaha Team2min 24.832 sec
14.Valentino RossiITA Fiat Yamaha Team12min 12.31.872 sec

2008 Qatar Grand Prix - 9/3/2008:Pole position: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha (M) 1min 53.927sec

Fastest race laps by manufacturer:Ducati: Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro (B) 1min 55.153secYamaha: Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha (M) 1min 55.528secHonda: Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot (M) 1min 55.559secKawasaki: John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing (B) 1min 56.491secSuzuki: Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki (B) 1min 56.689sec

 

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