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

World champion Jorge Lorenzo finished the test as he had started on Wednesday; on top of the timesheets - and this time by a substantial half-second over the rest of the field.

The Movistar Yamaha rider was also comfortably under the official race lap record on a night when the next 13 riders were covered by one-second. Lorenzo also joined the likes of Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro in putting in a long race-simulation run.

Once again there were numerous falls, including Valentino Rossi, Tito Rabat, Hector Barbera, Marc Marquez, Loris Baz, Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow, who underwent precautionary checks in the Clinica Mobile. Rabat and Barbera fell several times.

The injured Danilo Petrucci was 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 and stopped at 10pm due to dropping temperatures.

The season-opening race will be held back at the Losail circuit from March 17-20.

It was confirmed earlier this evening that Ducati has had to cancel it planned private test with Casey Stone this weekend, due to the MotoGP rules prohibiting testing at a circuit within 14 days of the race.

1.=Jorge LorenzoESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 54.810s[Lap 11/51]2.=Scott ReddingGBROcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 55.326s +0.516s[43/55]3.=Maverick Vi?alesESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 55.333s +0.523s[29/48]4.Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 55.402s +0.592s[52/52]5.Valentino RossiITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)1m 55.429s +0.619s[36/55]6.Andrea IannoneITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP16)1m 55.535s +0.725s[5/52]7.=Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)1m 55.592s +0.782s[37/46]8.Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (Desmosedici GP16)1m 55.700s +0.890s[47/47]9.Hector BarberaESPAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 55.733s +0.923s[8/23]10.Pol EspargaroESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 55.882s +1.072s[35/40]11.Yonny HernandezCOLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 55.894s +1.084s[17/18]12.=Bradley SmithGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)1m 55.966s +1.156s[39/62]13.=Loris BazFRAAvintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 56.057s +1.247s[20/27]14.=Dani PedrosaESPRepsol Honda Team (RC213V)1m 56.142s +1.332s[27/30]15.=Aleix EspargaroESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 56.419s +1.609s[28/32]16.=Michele PirroITAOcto Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15)1m 56.591s +1.781s[30/63]17.=Tito RabatESPEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)*1m 57.027s +2.217s[7/29]18.=Alvaro BautistaESPFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 57.043s +2.233s[50/52]19.=Jack MillerAUSEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)1m 57.046s +2.236s[31/40]20.=Eugene LavertyIRLAspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2)1m 57.146s +2.336s[35/51]21.=Stefan BradlGERFactory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)1m 57.340s +2.530s[41/61]22.=Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)2m 0.291s +5.481s[18/20]

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 Thursday time:Maverick Vinales SPA Suzuki 1m 55.436sFastest 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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