Yamaha vs Ducati as Qatar stages an opener to remember. Showtime? The curtain’s up…
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Dovizioso tops Day 1 in the desert
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record. Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the top three.
The final preseason test is here, with Movistar Yamaha’s new recruit three for three in testing so far
After first contact at Sepang International Circuit and comparisons done at the very different Phillip Island, the final outing of the three Official Tests ahead of the 2017 season will soon be underway in Qatar, from 10th – 12th March.
After Sepang comes Phillip Island – one step closer to the start of the season
The first official test of the year saw the class of MotoGP™ 2017 out in force at Sepang International Circuit recently, and actions resumes soon at Phillip Island in Australia from February 15th-17th as the countdown to Qatar gets shorter.
Ducati rider lights the way in drama-filled season finale
The final race of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship had it all; Ducati dominating proceedings, a Pedercini Kawasaki flaming inferno and an admirable show of team spirit by the current World Champion. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing- Ducati) shattered the competition from beginning to end, even after the race was restarted. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki racing Team) was given a ray of hope when his teammate and newly crowned World Champion, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) let him pass on the final corner to take second and the overall runner-up spot.
As the Sun Sets on 2016, the Final Battle Begins
Qatar darkness brings the biggest gains as the Crown awaits. The Losail International Circuit of Qatar is the final battleground of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and everything is at stake as the ultimate battle for the title resumes. Located on the coast of the Persian Peninsula, just north of Doha, the circuit sees WorldSBK riders tackle 16 turns on 5.38kms of floodlit tarmac under the stars in the Arabian desert.
The weekend started with reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on top under the floodlights of Losail
The weekend started with Xavier Hernandez and Valentino Rossi going head to head in a football match between their respective academies. Former FC Barcelona player’s Doha based Aspire Academy and the Doctor’s VR46 Academy. Download and share the copyright-free video edit of the event by clicking here.
Lap times tumbled in the desert as riders in the junior class pushed for headline grabbing laps before the 2016 season
Work continued for the Moto2™ World Championship on their third and final day of testing in Qatar ahead of the opening round of 2016. Several riders saved themselves and their bikes for the final two sessions of the day, conditions less than ideal during their first potential stint on track. Many of the same names remained towards the top of the timing screens as several riders are emerging as favourites for the upcoming Qatar GP, if not the season as a whole.
A second day of testing saw many riders confirm their positions at the top while others made technical advancements
It was another productive day of testing for the Moto2™ World Championship at the Losail Circuit Sports Club. Many riders were hesitant to head out in the first session, waiting for conditions closer to race day on Sunday the 20th of March. This saw only 11 riders head out for the first session of the day. Unfortunately this did not include Axel Pons (AGR Team) who decided to sit out the second day of testing due to injury.
The two Spanish riders topped the time sheets in the junior classes as they begin their final test of 2016 in Losail
It was a slow start to testing for the Moto3™ World Championship in Qatar, their first session on track run with the sun still in the sky and the track quite dirty. As a result, not all riders went out on track but those who did went out to test a new hard rear tyre for Dunlop. This tyre will be used for Argentina and will only be used at the Qatar Test for non-night sessions; the tyre allocation for the Qatar race will be soft and medium compounds as in 2015.