Qatar MotoGP Testing Results: Yamaha and Suzuki top, Honda struggling

Yamaha and Suzuki continue to lead the way in MotoGP testing in Qatar as Marc Marquez suffers a fall on a difficult day for Honda

Fabio Quartararo - Petronas SRT Yamaha

Fabio Quartararo topped the timesheets on the second day of official MotoGP testing at Qatar as Yamaha and Suzuki continued to firm up their status as the teams to beat heading into the new season, not least because defending champions Honda appear to be struggling.

Having featured lower down the timesheets than usual on day one, Quartararo was right back at the sharp end on day two with his 1m 54.038 surpassing Saturday’s best as he edged out Alex Rins on the factory Suzuki.

Indeed, though Rins took a tumble at Turn 1, he was still well in hunt in terms of single lap performance and race pace, while Yamaha too will be pleased to Maverick Vinales, Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi all comfortable inside the top ten in third, fourth and ninth respectively.

Pecco Bagnaia flew the flag for Ducati in fifth position but had a surprise package in stablemate Johann Zarco right there with him sixth position on the satellite Avintia bike.

Joan Mir also shrugged off a crash to go seventh best ahead of Dovizioso, while Takaaki Nakagami was the surprise front runner for Honda on the year-old LCR RC213V in tenth position.

Indeed, it was certainly a sobering day for the reigning champions as Marc Marquez suffered a fall – without consequence – en route to 14th, the reigning champion admitting his troublesome shoulder is still giving him grief.

Meanwhile, Alex Marquez was only 19th fastest, while Cal Crutchlow was forced to miss part of the day when a fall left him with an injured arm that could rule him out of Monday’s final outing. The LCR Honda rider came down at Turn 2 and suffered swelling to his forearm, preventing him from moving his fingers. 

Having starred at Sepang, the Aprilia Racing team is having a tougher time in Qatar with Aleix Espargaro 11th best, while his brother Pol Espargaro could only manage 13th on the leading KTM.

2020 MotoGP Qatar Testing – Day 2/3

Official Qatar MotoGP Test - Results [Day 2/3]
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 54.038
2Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 54.200
3Maverick VinalesESPYamaha Factory Racing1m 54.264
4Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas SRT Yamaha1m 54.481
5Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati1m 54.520
6Johann ZarcoFRAAvintia Ducati1m 54.565
7Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki Ecstar1m 54.612
8Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team1m 54.662
9Valentino RossiITAYamaha Factory Racing1m 54.740
10Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda1m 54.759
11Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Gresini1m 54.762
12Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team1m 54.852
13Pol EspargaroESPRed Bull KTM Factory1m 54.890
14Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 55.093
15Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati1m 55.194
16Tito RabatESPAvintia Ducati1m 55.352
17Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 55.600
18Iker LecuonaESPRed Bull KTM Tech 31m 55.644
19Alex MarquezESPRepsol Honda Team1m 55.725
20Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory1m 55.930
21Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda1m 56.178
22Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Racing Gresini1m 56.407