The opening day of the second and final official 2020 MotoGP pre-season test took place in Qatar on Saturday.

Testing began at 1pm and ended in darkness at 8pm.

Vinales was fastest for much of the day, before the Suzukis of Mir and then Rins charged to the top in the final hour.

Testing continues on Sunday and concludes on Monday night.

The season-opening race will be held at the same circuit, at 6pm, on March 8.

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Qatar MotoGP test times - Saturday (FINAL)
  RiderNatTeamTimeLap
1^5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)1m 54.462s47/47
2=Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.002s51/54
3˅2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.032s31/50
4^7Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.172s41/41
5˅2Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.238s49/57
6˅2Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.361s28/42
7=Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.414s50/51
8˅3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.612s43/56
9^8Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.742s50/56
10˅2Aleix EspargaroITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.806s21/41
11˅2Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.846s32/43
12^8Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.898s55/63
13˅3Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.968s27/51
14˅2Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.987s26/43
15˅2Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.165s30/41
16^2Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+1.182s50/53
17^2Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.245s51/60
18˅3Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.275s42/42
19˅5Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.295s31/50
20˅4Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+1.673s27/47
21=Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+2.090s45/57
22=Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+2.565s43/54

*Rookie
Key:
^X Rider is X positions higher than previous hour.
= Rider is same position as previous hour.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than previous hour.

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

 

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