On day-1 of the final MotoGP pre-season test the track opened at 4:00 p.m. local time, but most riders waited until sunset to get started, so as to find similar conditions to the race weekend. Marquez headed out at half past five, Pedrosa a couple of hours later and they ended their work with one hour to go in the session, when temperatures began dropping fast and the tarmac got greasier from the humidity.
Both Marc and Dani struggled more than expected to find a good setup for the Losail track and, together with their crews, have planned some major setup changes for tomorrow. Marc aims to improve his RC213V in turning and corner exit. Both riders will mainly work on their chassis setting aiming to achieve better corner speed.
Their best lap times for the day were 1’56.523 on lap 29 of 45 for Marc and 1’56.910 on lap 26 of 27 for Dani. Testing will continue for two more days.
Day 1 - Top 13 Results
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'55.452|
|2||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.428|
|3||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.442|
|4||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.667|
|5||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||0.761|
|6||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.868|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.936|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.058|
|9||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1.065|
|10||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.071|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.100|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1.295|
|13||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.458|
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|
|Longest straight||1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles|
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 53.680s (170.3km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)|
|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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|