Motorcycling - Vinales survives crash to keep Qatar stranglehold

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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Spanish rider Maverick Vinales takes a corner during the last day of 2017 MotoGP pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit on February 1, 2017. (AFP Photo/MOHD RASFAN)

Motorcycling - Vinales lays down Qatar marker as Rossi struggles

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Spanish rider Maverick Vinales takes a corner during the last day of 2017 MotoGP pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit on February 1, 2017. (AFP Photo/MOHD RASFAN)

- Maverick Vinales survived a high-speed crash to maintain his iron-grip on the Qatar MotoGP, finishing the second day of practice comfortably the fastest man on the track. The 22-year-old Spaniard, who had already dominated under the Losail floodlights in Thursday's opening session, clocked a best time of 1min 54.316sec on his Yamaha to lead Suzuki's Andrea Iannone (0.532sec behind) and Honda's defending world champion Marc Marquez (0.596). Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi, the Yamaha teammate of Vinales, struggled for a second day in succession, finishing 10th on the time charts at 1.098sec behind the flying Spaniard. Former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who left Yamaha for Ducati at the end of last season, suffered even more, ending in 12th place at 1.145sec off the blistering pace set by Vinales.


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