After last weekend’s starting gun and two days to oxygenate on the private beach of the two luxury hotels in Doha where they are in semi-confinement, drivers and their teams return to the Losail International Circuit this Wednesday for a second test of three days and seven hours uninterrupted (from 12 to 19 hours in Spain) where it is no longer worth hiding. Everything must be fine-tuned for those first two Grand Prix in Qatar, do the last tests of the novelties that its engineers have been working on in winter, discard what does not contribute anything and choose well.
Although the news of his recovery is very positive and this Tuesday it was known that he is included in the provisional list of entries for the Qatar Grand Prix, Marc Márquez will continue to be out and his position on the left side of the Repsol Honda box and working with Marc’s mechanics will continue to be occupied by Stefan Bradl, who is combining the tasks of official rider and tester in this test.
For KTM this test is of vital importance because on March 26 They must present to the technical managers of the championship the final version of the seven propellants that will be available this season. Suzuki, Ducati, Yamaha and Honda must present a sample that must coincide with the one approved in March last year, while Aprilia is the only one with a wide sleeve to continue evolving and will have nine engines for the entire campaign.
Because there will only be one aerodynamic package update per pilot for all manufacturersWith the exception of Aprilia, this test is also definitive to finish testing the novelties, the most ‘revolutionary’ presented by Ducati in the previous test, a flow conveyor fitted in the dynamic air intake of the radiator air intake that is has narrowed in search of less resistance. Honda has also tried its own solution.
At a sporting level, the reference time attack is the 1’53 ”940 that he left in the time tower of the Fabio Quartararo circuit this Sunday. To date the best lap in a preseason test has been Maverick Viñales also with Yamaha last year with 1’53 ”858. The record for the best lap given at the circuit is held by Marc Márquez with 1’53 ”380 made in FP2 in 2019, a lap he did taking advantage of Viñales’ wheel.