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 IannoneITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)1m 55.657s
2.Aleix EspargaroESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)1m 55.711s | +0.054s
3.Jorge LorenzoESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.769s | +0.112s
4.Alvaro BautistaESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V)1m 55.868s | +0.211s
5.Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.977s | +0.320s
6.Marc MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 55.990s | +0.333s
7.Bradley SmithGBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 56.001s | +0.344s
8.Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 56.037s | +0.380s
9.Stefan BradlGER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V)1m 56.230s | +0.573s
10.Pol EspargaroESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 56.290s | +0.633s
11.Cal CrutchlowGBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici)1m 56.419s | +0.762s
12.Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici)1m 56.507s | +0.850s
13.Nicky HaydenUSA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)1m 56.668s | +1.011s
14.Scott ReddingGBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)1m 56.889s | +1.232s
15.Colin EdwardsUSA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)1m 56.908s | +1.251s
16.Hector BarberaESP Avintia Racing (Avintia)1m 57.228s | +1.571s
17.Karel AbrahamCZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R)1m 57.293s | +1.636s
18.Yonny HernandezCOL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici)1m 57.294s | +1.637s
19.Hiroshi AoyamaJPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R)1m 57.329s | +1.672s
20.Broc ParkesAUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)1m 58.378s | +2.721s
21.Danilo PetrucciITA IodaRacing Project (ART)1m 58.625s | +2.968s
22.Michael LavertyGBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)1m 58.734s | +3.077s
23.Mike Di MeglioFRA 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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