The opening day of the Grand Prix of Qatar saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa wrapping up the Friday evening action at Losail International Circuit in sixth and seventh place respectively and split by 0.001”, both of them less than half of a second down on top.

This year’s revised schedule meant that MotoGP FP1 took place in the afternoon’s daylight, while FP2 was run completely at night. Temperature’s and conditions were therefore quite different between the two sessions, though generally quite warm, with 31°C air, 39°C ground and 24% of humidity in the afternoon, and 25°C air, 27°C ground and 51% of humidity in the evening.

Marc Marquez

6th 1'54.850

“We are happy enough with how this first day in Qatar went in general. We had the first contact with the track and had the chance to see if we were getting the same feeling we had during the test. Actually the track has changed compared to the test and we now have to adapt the setup of the bike in order to make the tyres working well. Tomorrow we will see if we can get closer to the riders that are ahead of us who, at the moment, seems to have something more.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'54.851

“Conditions were a bit different from the test and consequently our feeling was different. Two weeks ago at the end of the three days the asphalt was in quite good conditions while today it was a bit dirty. At the beginning we were less comfortable but we improved over the day and that’s positive. We can see that our rivals are fast, but lap times are quite tight and there are many riders on almost the same time. We have to see tomorrow how conditions we’ll be.”

MotoGP 2018
Practice Round 1   Qatar

Free Practice 2 Classification

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'54.361
2 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.006
3 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.097
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.470
5 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.480
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.489
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.490
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.491
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.492
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.551
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.834
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.875
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.947
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.999
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.333
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.357
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.558
18 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.604
19 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.881
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.899
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.033
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.093
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.629
24 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Esponsorama Racing Ducati 3.404
Location Information

The fabulous Lusail 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


Pole Position 1m 52.772s (171.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Lap 1m 54.624s (168.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha,2021)
Race Time 42m13.198 (168.2km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati)