Alvaro Bautista was the fastest rider in the opening practice session of the season for the 250s in Qatar.
The Spaniard completed a best lap on his final circuit with a 2:00.240 on his Aprilia just ahead of Hector Barbera who was less than 0.2secs behind.
Thomas Luthi was third fastest after this first session at the Losail Circuit with his best lap recorded at 2:00.678.
Ireland’s Eugene Laverty finished the session in 17th place. His best lap was 2:02.885 and was recorded on the 10th of his 16 laps.
Qatar MotoGP 250 first practice results:
1 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 2'00.240
2 Hector BARBERA SPA Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 2'00.412
3 Thomas LUTHI SWI Emmi - Caffe Latte APRILIA 2'00.678
4 Alex DEBON SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 2'00.698
5 Mattia PASINI ITA Polaris World APRILIA 2'00.868
6 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 2'00.998
7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 2'01.332
8 Julian SIMON SPA Repsol KTM 250cc KTM 2'01.376
9 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM 250 KTM 2'01.392
10 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Lotus Aprilia APRILIA 2'01.441
11 Roberto LOCATELLI ITA Metis Gilera GILERA 2'01.656
12 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing APRILIA 2'01.832
13 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN JiR Team Scot 250 HONDA 2'01.856
14 Manuel POGGIALI RSM Campetella Racing GILERA 2'02.026
15 Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team APRILIA 2'02.115
16 Lukas PESEK CZE Auto Kelly - CP APRILIA 2'02.194
17 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 2'02.885
18 Fabrizio LAI ITA Campetella Racing GILERA 2'03.142
19 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Matteoni Racing APRILIA 2'03.311
20 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA Thai Honda PTT SAG HONDA 2'03.608
21 Imre TOTH HUN Team Toth Aprilia APRILIA 2'03.714
22 Doni Tata PRADITA INA Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia YAMAHA 2'06.261
23 Manuel HERNANDEZ SPA Blusens Aprilia APRILIA 2'07.004