Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had a positive second night of practice at Losail Circuit, setting the third and sixth best lap times, respectively, in the FP3 session, which decides the top 10 riders that transfer directly into tomorrow’s Q2 session.

After making a step forward in the FP2 session, Marc continued improving over the course of the evening, putting in some very consistent laps with a best effort of 1’54.835, while Dani posted his best lap time of 1’55.113, just over two-and-a-half tenths down on his teammate.

The 30-minute FP4 and 15-minute Q2 sessions await the Repsol Honda duo tomorrow at 7:55 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time, before Round 1 of the MotoGP World Championship gets underway on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'54.835

"Today the feeling was like at the test we did two weeks ago. As soon as we went out for FP2, we changed the setup modification we made yesterday and I finally felt much better. We continued to work well, our pace is not bad and we entered directly into Q2, which is positive because this year everything is very tight on the timesheets. Tomorrow we must continue to improve our pace and we have to decide which front and rear tyre to use. From there, we will see if we can take another step forward. We are not far from the fight for the podium."

Dani Pedrosa

6th 1'55.113

"Today we were able to use the practice time better; we rode faster than yesterday and we improved our times in the two sessions. The positive thing is that we were able understand the bike a little better and we improved the setup of the bike, although there are still many things to do. Tomorrow we must continue working to progress even more. The track was in good condition and continues to get better as we put in more and more laps."

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 1   Qatar

FP3 - Results

Night - Clear
Humidity
43%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.639
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.776
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.835
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.945
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.976
6 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.113
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.175
8 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'55.323
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'55.399
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.476
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.491
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.505
13 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'55.773
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'55.931
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'55.946
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'56.100
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'56.207
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'56.625
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'56.749
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'57.069
21 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'57.135
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)