Final 2014 MotoGP Preseason Test Ends

March 9, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Most of the MotoGP grid took to Losail in Qatar for the final preseason test of 2014 March 7- 9. Repsol Honda, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Factory Ducati abstained from the test, having conducted three sessions less than a week before at Phillip Island to provide tire develop information to Bridgestone.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro finished fastest through the three days in Qatar, posting a 1’54.874 in the final session. Espargaro’s time is slightly more than one-tenth off Jorge Lorenzo’s pole lap in 2013.

“I’m really happy with the work done today,” said Espargaro after the final day. “I was fast on the single lap but I was also able to ride with a strong pace. I’m very satisfied because in the race simulation I could ride with the same lap times Lorenzo did last year in the race, so I’m confident and I look forward to the first race.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro posted the second-fastest time of the test in Session 3, though he later faced a major set-back when a crash at Turn 6 left him with a broken collarbone. He’s now under examination and will soon undergo surgery to help speed recovery. Pol’s teammate, Bradley Smith, ended third-fastest in combined time.

LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl took fourth followed by Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista in fifth. Bautista was unable to improve on his Session 2 time, which was three-tenths off the pace set by the elder Espargaro.

Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone took sixth followed by NGM’s Colin Edwards in seventh. Iannone’s teammate trailed Edwards in eighth while the Drive M7 Aspar duo of Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama finished in ninth and 10th, respectively.

2014 MotoGP Losail Test Combined Results
1. Aleix Espargaro (Forward-Yamaha) 1’54.874
2. Pol Espargaro (Yamaha) 1’54.907
3. Bradley Smith (Yamaha) 1’55.027
4. Stefan Bradl (Honda) 1’55.187
5. Alvaro Bautista (Honda) 1’55.194
6. Andrea Iannone (Ducati) 1’55.518
7. Colin Edwards (Forward-Yamaha) 1’55.978
8. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati) 1’56.056
9. Nicky Hayden (Honda RCV) 1’56.273
10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda RCV) 1’57.006
11. Scott Redding (Honda RCV) 1’57.009
12. Hector Barbera (Avintia) 1’57.142
13. Karel Abraham (Honda RCV) 1’57.342
14. Mike di Meglio (Avintia) 1’57.669
15. Broc Parkes (PBM) 1’57.730
16. Michael Laverty (PBM) 1’57.860
17. Danilo Petrucci (ART) 1’58.086


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