News 27 Nov 2017

Dovizioso sets post-season MotoGP testing pace at Jerez

Pramac Racing Ducati's Miller sixth quickest overall on final day.

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Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was the quickest on combined times following a three-day test at Jerez, Spain, to cap off the 2017 season altogether.

Well under the lap record on new asphalt at the track, this year’s championship runner-up was quickest with a 1m37.668s following 37 laps aboard his GP17.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone was quickest of the remaining MotoGP runners at testing in Jerez on Friday, with a 1m38.030s to go fastest, but still behind the best lap on the second day set by Dovizioso.

Iannone’s teammate Alex Rins was third quickest and put in 61 laps after not taking part in the first day of the test and test rider Sylvain Guintoli took P8 after 74 laps.

Pol Espargaro was second fastest for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, two tenths off Iannone after 54 laps as the Austrian factory continue plowing through their impressive workload on the way to 2018 – with new chassis, swingarms, comparisons and setups to work through for their sophomore season. Teammate Bradley Smith was fifth quickest.

Octo Pramac Racing rider Danilo Petrucci was fourth, also on track on one of Ducati Team rider Jorge Lorenzo’s machines. Teammate Jack Miller was sixth quickest as he continues adapting to the Ducati, and his fastest lap was a 1m38.998s.

Less than a tenth behind Miller saw Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) take the RS-GP into seventh, putting in 64 laps on his new bike. Eugene Laverty, testing the Aprilia in place of Aleix Espargaro, was ninth.

Now it’s engines off until the Sepang test in January, except for a private Yamaha test planned for the Malaysian venue at the end of November.