The second night of the final MotoGP pre-season test took place at Losail in Qatar on Thursday.

Maverick Vinales took Suzuki to the top of the official timesheets for the second time in 2016 with a 1m 55.436s - the best of the week so far - on his 28th lap.

That kept the Spaniard just 0.072s clear of Ducati's Andrea Iannone, with Wednesday leader and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo a mere 0.099s behind in third for Yamaha.

Vinales was still using the original Suzuki seamless gearbox, but team-mate Aleix Espargaro made his debut on the 'spec 2' version, which has seamless downshifts as well as upshifts.

Honda's Marc Marquez fell at turn one on only his fifth lap of the evening, moments after going fastest, but soon returned to action and eventually finished in ninth place. Team-mate Dani Pedrosa was the top RC213V rider in seventh.

The injured Danilo Petrucci is the only competitor not present for the third official test, with factory test rider Michele Pirro taking his place.

Testing took place from 4pm to 11pm, but most again waited until after sunset (around 6pm) before taking to the track. Some riders also tried longer, race simulation style runs this evening.

The test concludes on Friday, with the season-opening race at the same circuit from March 17-20...

1.=Maverick Vi?alesESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 55.436s[Lap 28/42]2.=Andrea IannoneITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP16)1m 55.508s +0.072s[25/41]3.=Jorge LorenzoESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.535s +0.099s[14/48]4.=Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 55.677s +0.241s[32/43]5.=Hector BarberaESPAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 55.815s +0.379s[20/35]6.=Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP16)1m 55.856s +0.420s[40/46]7.=Dani PedrosaESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 55.857s +0.421s[42/42]8.=Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.947s +0.511s[24/56]9.=Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 56.046s +0.610s[4/42]10.=Aleix EspargaroESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 56.126s +0.690s[20/32]11.=Pol EspargaroESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 56.173s +0.737s[16/30]12.=Loris BazFRAAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 56.427s +0.991s[27/45]13.Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 56.584s +1.148s[48/50]14.Yonny HernandezCOLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 56.667s +1.231s[13/38]15.=Tito RabatESPEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)*1m 57.263s +1.827s[29/49]16.=Bradley SmithGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 57.267s +1.831s[7/14]17.=Eugene LavertyIRLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 57.670s +2.234s[25/41]18.=Alvaro BautistaESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 57.721s +2.285s[28/36]19.=Jack MillerAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 57.789s +2.353s[4/20]20.=Michele PirroITAOcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 58.113s +2.677s[16/21]21.=Hiroshi AoyamaJPNHonda Test Rider (RC213V)1m 58.347s +2.911s[60/62]22.=Stefan BradlGERFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 58.418s +2.982s[8/16]

Key: Rider has a higher position relative to end of previous hour.= Rider has the same position as end of previous hour. Rider has a lower position relative to end of previous hour.

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Fastest Wednesday time:Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 55.452s

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

 

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