3/15/2017 7:37:54 AM

Vinales tops final pre-season tests

Vinales tops final pre-season tests

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales underlined his potential as one of the favourites for the world title by topping the final pre-season tests in Qatar.

The Spaniard, who topped the two pre-season tests in Sepang, Malaysia, and Phillip Island, Australia, dazzled under lights at the Losail International Circuit and also clocked 1:54.330, beating the previous lap record set by Jorge Lorenzo in 2016.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso was the closest challenger, 0.071sec off the pace with Honda’s Dani Pedrosa at 0.139sec completing the top three.

World champion Marc Marquez of Honda could finish only 10th, one place above nine-time champion and arch-rival Valentino Rossi of Yamaha. 

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