Andrea Dovizioso finished the third and final day of testing at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar in second place. The Ducati Team’s Italian rider recorded his best time of 1’54.401 on the twenty-seventh of the 43 laps he completed today and was classified second overall in the three-day aggregate standings.
Fourth place today went to Jorge Lorenzo, with a time of 1’54.519 which he set on the twenty-ninth of his 53 laps. The rider from Mallorca, who was fourth overall in the three-day standings, also did a few laps of testing with the new front fairing tried briefly yesterday by his team-mate.
The MotoGP riders will be back on track at Losail for the opening round of the 2017 World Championship season on Thursday 23rd March in the first free practice session of the Grand Prix of Qatar.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – today 43 laps – 1’54.401 (2nd)
“These three days of testing at Losail have been very interesting because every day we found different track and grip conditions which were very useful in preparation for the race at the end of the month. We went strongly but I am not entirely satisfied with my race pace, which despite being good, is not enough yet because Vinales was really quick. In any case we got through a lot of work and we confirmed a lot of things, so I am confident for the first round of the season.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – today 53 laps – 1’54.519 (4th)
“Today was a much more positive day than the first two. In general things went very well and I achieved my best position in the three official 2017 tests. We upped the pace quite a lot and I also managed to set some good times, but we still have to work on the race pace and, with the GP in mind, also decide which tyres to use. We still have a lot of work to do, but on this track I think we can score a good result and so I’m leaving Qatar optimistic about the first race.”