Doha GP: Zarco zooms to the top in race day ‘Warm-Up’

Johann Zarco went fastest in the final warm-up before tonight’s Doha GP. Zarco underlined the pace of his Pramac Ducati, while those Yamaha’s loom large in the mirror. 

Johann Zarco set the pace in today’s warm-up session. The Frenchman went fastest with a 1m54.482s That was less than a tenth quicker than Fabio Quarteraro’s Yamaha. Last week’s winner Maverick Vinales rounded out the top three as he set a time 0.193s off Zarco’s benchmark.

Franco Morbidelli joined the Yamaha party in fourth on his Petronas bike. Pole-sitter Jorge Martin was nearly five-tenths slower than his teammate, although the track was hotter while the wind did pick up during this morning’s session.

Pecco Bagnaia finished in sixth place, just ahead of reigning world champion Joan Mir and the Suzuki. Aleix Espargaro’s Aprilla jumped into the top ten to surprise a few people. Alex Rins got the second Suzuki bike into the top ten. Meanwhile, Taka Nakagami was the only Honda rider to break into the top ten.

Valentino Rossi’s struggles continued as The Doctor finished 18th, the legend is still battling his Yamaha bike to find the best setup. Jack Miller finished 15th as he looked unsettled with the track conditions.

All four of the KTM machines ended the session in the bottom nine. Danilo Petrucci went fastest of the KTM riders; nonetheless, both KTM teams are not enjoying a second week at the Losail Circuit.

The Marc Marquez-less, Repsol Honda team continues to fight against the track. Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro finished 12th and 19th. Espargaro was nearly a second slower than Zarco’s timesheet topping best.

Lorenzo Savadori finished last. He set a time on his Aprilia bike that was 2.1 seconds slower than the fastest time in the session.

The warm-up is over; the next time the MotoGP bikes take to the track, it’s for real.