The final MotoGP preseason test gets underway this week under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
With teams having had time to digest and interpret all of the data they had recorded at the last Sepang test in Febuary, the MotoGP paddock heads to Losail for three days/nights today, before the season kicks off in earnest at the same circuit on March 29.
Movistar Yamaha introduced their new “evolved” seamless shift gearbox at Sepang 2 after having announced they will use it during the 2015 season, with Valentino Rossi stating that while it wasn’t the huge breakthrough he had hoped for, it was definitely an improvement. Rossi finished seven-tenths behind Marquez and after the two tests in Malaysia is looking forward to trying out his YZF-M1 at a different track to see how it performs. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo finished the last test just three-tenths behind Marquez in second overall and while he feels the bike is still “a little bit slow” he is happy with how far his team have managed to close the gap to the Hondas, and would be looking for even more improvements in Qatar.
The schedule for the three-day test is from 4pm to 11pm and the grandstand of the circuit is open for all the spectators with free entrance.
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Source News: Gulf Times