Last day of MotoGP tests, nothing due to strong wind, high temperatures and a lot of sand on the track. The times of the three days and the news.
The last tests in Qatar ended yesterday with a practically zero-day. Strong wind and a lot of sand on the track kept all the MotoGP riders in the pits, even if some put up a few laps on the scoresheet. The most ‘active’ was Danilo Petrucci with nine laps and the best time in a standings of just five drivers. At the end of the works, therefore, there is very little to start getting serious: on the weekend from 26 to 28 March, in fact, the first GP of the year starts, we race right here in Losail.
FOCUS ON THE TEAMS
We recall the Brembo front discs seen on this occasion on Michele Pirro‘s Desmosedici. Good news for the Ducati riders: Jack Miller, author of the best time ever, and Francesco Bagnaia appreciated the aerodynamic innovations. We remember Johann Zarco the new absolute speed record in 357.6 km/h, while for the rookies it was the first important opportunity to try the MotoGP. At Yamaha, there is satisfaction above all with the new frame, as well as some fairing tests. The Monster Yamaha duo plus Morbidelli finished the second day at the top, while Rossi set his best personal lap in Losail.
For KTM, tests especially with Dani Pedrosa, in action with a new swingarm and a different exhaust. What was perhaps least expected was to see the Austrian team’s drivers always out of the top ten. Of course, in the tests, times count up there, but the impression is that there are still a lot of things to fix to get closer to the leaders. Some suspect Suzuki are hiding, like Jack Miller. Joan Mir admitted some difficulties with regards to top speed, but both he and Alex Rins, in addition to the news for this season, also worked in a 2022 perspective.
In the Aprilia home, there is an Aleix Espargaró who is particularly satisfied with the progress made. Instead rookie Lorenzo Savadori has had to deal with a shoulder injury that made his job difficult. Complex tests for Honda, which has recorded a large number of accidents for its riders. Alex Márquez also reported a microfracture on his right foot. Many tests in particular for test driver Stefan Bradl and Takaaki Nakagami, especially on the swingarm and frame. What stands out is the increasingly better feeling between Pol Espargaró and RCV. Yesterday there was also a race simulation with interesting and very consistent times.