Maverick Viñales is already seen in the dry turn in Losail

Maverick Viñales the head is already poking out of the dry turn. If throughout the preceding days in the Losail test he had focused on the race pace with excellent results and without spending too much time looking for the fastest lap in this fourth and penultimate day of MotoGP testing in Losail, he has squeezed the tire well in a dry turn that has given him the first place with 1’53 ”244 with 8 minutes remaining, the second best time of the combined 61 thousandths of the stratospheric time of the day before Jack Miller that continues as a record (1’53 ”183).

He topped the Yamaha triplet with Morbidelli at 79 thousandths and Quartararo at 154 who also left the time attack for the last minutes.

Up to 8 riders have dropped below 1’54 ”on this fourth day of testing. After the three Yamaha Bagnaia, which has replaced Miller as the best Ducati, Aleix Espargaró, Joan Mir, Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi who finally take giant steps in this test. So far in the test, there are already 11 riders dropping from 1’54 ”and separated by 8 tenths.

Alex Márquez, with a fracture in his right foot

Iker Lecuona plays Álex Márquez as a taxi driver in the Losail test after his crash at Turn 9

The Qatar test was difficult for the LCR Honda rider Àlex Márquez, with falls of all kinds and in the fifth in four days he suffered a small 2 mm fracture in the fourth metacarpal of his right foot, a fall at Turn 9 with which he ended the day with only 36 laps before passing by the clinic for the checkup. He posted 1’54 ”692, his best time to date, and then crashed on the next lap. Iker Lecuona played him as a taxi driver but when he arrived at the box the team took him to the circuit clinic. It was the third crash of the day for Honda after Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaró

The evolution of the best time of the day (under 1.56 ”)

1’55 ”883 Aleix Espargaró (A)

1’55 ”106 Aleix Espargaró (A)

1’54 ”942 Aleix Espargaró (A)

1’54 ”588 Morbidelli (Y)

1’54 ”548 Quartararo (Y)

1’54 ”103 Pol Espargaró (H)

1’53 ”869 Aleix Espargaró (A)

1’53 ”640 Aleix Espargaró (A)

1’53 ”444 Bagnaia (D)

1’53 ”398 Quartararo (Y)

1’53 ”244 Viñales (Y)

Final classification day 4 of test

1. Maverick Viñales (Esp / Yamaha) 1’53 ”244 (58)

2. Franco Morbidelli (Ita / Yamaha) 1’53 ”323 (62)

3. Fabio Quartararo (Fra / Yamaha) 1’53 ”398 (52)

4. Pecco Bagnaia (Ita / Ducati) 1’53 ”444 (53)

5. Aleix Espargaró (Esp / Aprilia) 1’53 ”640 (56)

6. Joan Mir (Esp / Suzuki) 1’53 ”827 (37)

7. Alex Rins (Esp / Suzuki) 1’53 ”860 (44)

8. Valentino Rossi (Ita / Yamaha) 1’53 ”993 (52)

9. Johann Zarco (Fra / Ducati) 1’54 ”056 (71)

10. Pol Espargaró (Esp / Honda) 1’54 ”103 (65)

11. Jack Miller (Aus / Ducati) 1’54 ”347 (58)

12. Taka Nakagami (Jap / Honda) 1’54 ”348 (52)

13. Stefan Bradl (Ale / Honda t) 1’54 ”427 (45)

14. Jorge Martín (Esp / Ducati) 1’54 ”483 (42)

15. Enea Bastianini (Ita / Ducati) 1’54 ”505 (38)

16. Brad Binder (RSA / KTM) 1’54 ”691 (56)

17. Àlex Márquez (Esp / Honda) 1’54 ”692 (36)

18. Miguel Oliveira (for / KTM) 1’54 ”735 (48)

19. Danilo Petrucci (Ita / KTM) 1’54 ”895 (49)

20. Luca Marini (Ita / Ducati) 1’55 ”022 (53)

21. Yamaha test (Crutchlow) 1 1’55 ”080 (40)

22. Iker Lecuona (Esp / KTM) 1’55 ”195 (40)

23. Lorenzo Savadori (Ita / Aprilia) 1’55 ”754 (40)

24. Yamaha test 3 1’55 ”831 (12)

25. Sylvain Guintoli (Fra / Suzuki t) 1’56 ”006 (52)

26. Dani Pedrosa (Esp / KTM t) 1’56 ”706 (29)

27. Michele Pirro (Ita / Ducati t) 1’56 ”732 (24)

28. Yamaha test 3 1’57 ”409 (48)

29. Takuya Tsuda (Jap / Suzuki t) 1’58 ”437 (24)

Losail’s records:

fastest lap Qatar GP: Marc Márquez (H) 1’53 ”380 FP2 2019

Qatar GP race record: Jorge Lorenzo (Y) 1’54 ”927 2016

best time in a Qatar test: Jack Miller (D) 1’53 ”183 2021