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Pedrosa rides fastest overall

Pedrosa rides fastest overall


Tribune News Network
Doha
Spaniard Danny Pedrosa emerged fastest overall rider at the Buriram International Circuit in Buriram Province, Thailand as Honda made it three in a row.
The 'Little Samurai' also set the fastest ever lap.
It was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) on Day 1, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) on Day 2 and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on Day 3 to make it three days in a row on top for Honda at the ThaiTest.
Pedrosa was quickest overall with a 1:29.781, with Marquez P3 on combined timesheets on a 1:29.969 and Crutchlow fourth, just outside the 1:29s. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was second overall - just 0.086 off Pedrosa in the exclusive 1:29 club.
Marquez suffered a small crash on Day 3 just outside the realm of a super save but the six-time Champion nevertheless pounded through another huge workload of laps.
One innovation spotted on Sunday was a carbon swingarm, which was also used in Sepang and Valencia, but the biggest headline for the Japanese factory was the incredible pace. It bodes well ahead of the season opener, with Honda bidding to retain both the riders' and constructors' titles.
The interloper in the Honda party at the top was the man who looked set to go fastest until right at the end Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).
The Frenchman broke the 1:30 barrier on Day 3 twice, with his fastest effort a 1:29.867 before he called it a day some time before the end of the test, work completed.
Zarco, who will be using the 2016 chassis on his Tech 3 machine this year, did 47 laps and was top Yamaha.
Fellow sophomore Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) made it a clean sweep of impressive performances on Day 3, as the Spaniard ended the test in fifth overall. Despite a crash, Rins did another 66 laps on Sunday.
Teammate Andrea Iannone also ended the test positive but a little further down in P15 overall, finding it hard to unlock better pace on new tyres. The Hamamatsu factory brought a number of things to the test, including a previous aero fairing and two iterations of a new aero fairing, as well as chassis updates.
Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) was once again a star attraction on Sunday, and finished the test in P6 overall only 0.007 off Rins ahead of him. The Australian has settled in incredibly quickly on the GP17, and teammate Danilo Petrucci on the GP18 and Ducati test duty made it both Alma Pramac Racing machines in the top ten as he slotted into P9 on combined timesheets.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was finished early on Day 3, with the track having proven more useful than expected during the hotter parts of the day and the Italian getting through the programme. He finished the ThaiTest with 58 laps on Day 3, P7 on combined timesheets after trying three aero fairings and comparing chassis updates.
Teammate Jorge Lorenzo was P16 on combined times after a more difficult test than his domination of Sepang with a record lap, comparing the GP18 and GP17 on the final day in Thailand.
Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ended Thailand in eighth overall, with a lap set on Saturday when the Spaniard said the afternoon had seen them take a big step forward.
Although the Thailand Test is now over, three more days of testing remain - with Losail International Circuit in Qatar the next host. Action begins at Losail on March 1.
The track activity for the Qatar Test will be from 1pm to 9pm with the entrance to the Grandstand free for all spectators. During the Qatar Test from March 1 to 3, if you show your ticket of the Grand Prix of Qatar (March 16-18) you can get a chance to enter the Paddock during the Qatar Test.

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