Just under two weeks before the season opening Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar commences this test sees 17 premier class riders making their final preparations for the forthcoming campaign, in the absence of the Ducati Team, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP and Repsol Honda outfits.Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, MotoGP, Pol Espargaro, Qatar, Stefan Bradl
Between March 7th-9th, the majority of MotoGP teams will descend on Qatar’s Losail International Circuit – also the host venue for the season-opening Grand Prix – for the last test before the 2014 season commences later this month.
The test, to be staged across three days, will come as a final opportunity for teams to try out new components and race simulation runs before the opening practice session of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar on Thursday March 20th.Aleix Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow, Colin Edwards, Hiroshi Aoyama, MotoGP, Nicky Hayden, Pol Espargaro, Scott Redding, Stefan Bradl, Valentino Rossi
On his penultimate lap of the Phillip Island tire safety test Jorge Lorenzo set the best time of the three day visit with a late 1:29.068 best effort.
In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian test posting the top time on all three days.Jorge Lorenzo, MotoGP
Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.
On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.MotoGP, Valentino Rossi