The third and final 2018 MotoGP pre-season test began in Qatar on Thursday afternoon.

With the season-opening grand prix weekend - to be held at the same Losail circuit on March 16-18 - featuring an earlier track schedule this year, testing will take place from 1-9pm, over the three days.

  1. ^4 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 55.827s [Lap 14/20]
  2. ˅1 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 56.049s +0.222s [18/19]
  3. ^5 Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 56.068s +0.241s [11/20]
  4. ˅2 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 56.095s +0.268s [5/18]
  5. ^2 Alex Rins ESP Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 56.207s +0.380s [25/28]
  6. ˅3 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 56.230s +0.403s [5/20]
  7. ˅3 Danilo Petrucci ITA Pramac Ducati (GP18) 1m 56.393s +0.566s [4/19]
  8. ˅2 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (GP18) 1m 56.529s +0.702s [15/20]
  9. NA Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.819s +0.992s [8/13]
  10. ^2 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 57.122s +1.295s [24/24]
  11. ^5 Maverick Viñales ESP Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 57.158s +1.331s [22/22]
  12. ˅3 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Ducati (GP17) 1m 57.435s +1.608s [20/22]
  13. ^4 Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.511s +1.684s [11/13]
  14. ˅4 Franco Morbidelli ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 57.560s +1.733s [17/22]
  15. ˅4 Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (GP17) 1m 57.612s +1.785s [16/16]
  16. ˅1 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 1m 57.652s +1.825s [17/19]
  17. NA Alvaro Bautista ESP Angel Nieto Team (GP17) 2m 57.762s +61.935s [11/15]
  18. ˅5 Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 2m 57.835s +62.008s [15/23]
  19. NA Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)* 1m 57.966s +2.139s [15/15]
  20. ˅6 Tom Luthi SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 57.984s +2.157s [9/23]
  21. ˅3 Xavier Simeon ESP Reale Avintia (GP16)* 1m 58.512s +2.685s [16/16]
  22. NA Scott Redding GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 59.820s +3.993s [6/6]

* Rookie

^X Rider is X positions higher than end of previous hour.
= Rider is same position as end of previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than end of previous hour.

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Pole Position:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 53.927s (2008)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren