There were a number of high profile crashers – including reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) – and a Red Flag late in the session following a number of falls in succession at Turn 2.
At the front was ‘DesmoDovi’, who has been on the podium at Losail for the last two years and set a best lap of 1:54.819 to get under the race lap record of 1:54.927. The Italian put in 36 laps as work continues on the Desmosedici GP17, with no big visible aero updates for the Borgo Panigale factory in Qatar – yet. Dovizioso’s teammate, five-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, continued his steady progress of adaptation, ending an solid first day under the floodlights in P5 with a best of 1:55.616.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had another impressive day in the office at Losail, as the fastest man in preseason so far ended Day 1 in second. A 1:55.179 was the 2013 Moto3™ World Champion’s best lap, 0.360 off the number 04 at the front. Teammate and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, who left Phillip Island outside the top ten on combined times, had an improved position after the first day in the desert – finishing up P7 with a 1:55.679.
Cal Crutchlow was the fastest Honda out the blocks, as the two-time GP winner put LCR Honda in P3 with a 1:55.420. The next Honda on the timesheets was Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa in P8 on a 1:55.692 – with reigning Champion Marquez in P12 on Day 1 with a 1:55.899. Marquez crashed twice on the first day, including a fall when first trying a new “aero-fairing" for his Repsol Honda machine.
|1||DOVIZIOSO Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1'54.819|
|2||VINALES Maverick||25||SPA||Yamaha Factory Racing Team||Yamaha||0.360|
|3||CRUTCHLOW Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.601|
|4||ABRAHAM Karel||17||CZE||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||0.794|
|5||LORENZO Jorge||99||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.797|
|6||FOLGER Jonas||94||GER||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.821|
|7||ROSSI Valentino||46||ITA||Yamaha Factory Racing Team||Yamaha||0.860|
|8||PEDROSA Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.873|
|9||ZARCO Johann||5||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||0.886|
|10||IANNONE Andrea||29||ITA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.932|
|11||PETRUCCI Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.011|
|12||MARQUEZ Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.080|
|13||ESPARGARO Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.097|
|14||MILLER Jack||43||AUS||Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||1.198|
|15||REDDING Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.266|
|16||BAUTISTA Alvaro||19||SPA||Pull&Bear Aspar Team||Ducati||1.297|
|17||BAZ Loris||76||FRA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||1.374|
|18||RINS Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.770|
|19||ESPARGARO Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.846|
|20||LOWES Sam||22||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2.271|
|21||RABAT Tito||53||SPA||Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||2.636|
|22||KALLIO Mika||36||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.220|
|23||SMITH Bradley||38||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||3.936|