Surprises were immediate as MotoGP made its long-awaited return, evening rain causing changes to the structure of Friday and Saturday. Positive first impressions remained for the Repsol Honda Team as Joan Mir took 16th and Luca Marini earned 17th overall.

As the sun was still sitting high in the sky, Joan Mir headed out for his first laps of the 2024 season just after 15:45 Local Time. Setting a best time of 1’53.435, the #36 ended the first session 0.811s off the fastest time and with more planned.

Entering the weekend with realistic expectations, Luca Marini was left pleasantly surprised by his start to the Grand Prix. Ending only 0.173s behind his teammate, the #10 continuing to find areas to work on and improve as he adapts to his new bike.

Having completed a successful and fruitful first session, there were last minute changes as a rare bout of rain arrived at the Lusail International Circuit, soaking the 5.38 kilometre long track. Due to the unique circumstances of wet running at night, the decision was made to move Free Practice 2 to Friday evening – meaning the second session did not count towards participation in Q1 and Q2.

In turn, this allowed the riders to learn the circuit freely in the wet. Mir ended 11th thanks to a best time of 2’08.327 with Marini eight tenths behind in 16th.

Practice will be held at 13:40 Local Time on Saturday morning to decide the Q1 and Q2 divide. Saturday will continue to be a day brimming with action throughout 2024 as the field fights for pole before heading into the always exciting Sprint Race. The Qatar GP edition will run over 11 laps after starting at 19:00 Local Time.

Joan Mir

16th 1'53.435

“It was a pretty unexpected start to the season; in MotoGP anything really can happen! Today is what it was, with the second session being wet there was only so much we could do. In the rain here, the spray with the dust and the sand makes it very difficult to see but it was interesting to ride here in the wet for the first time. Let’s see what the weather will do for the next few days. We need to make the most of what will be a busy day tomorrow, doing the time attack and then straight into Qualifying. From the test we have a bit of an idea of what to expect, so let’s do our best.”

Luca Marini

17th 1'53.608

“Today feels like a positive day, the gap felt lower than at the test and while the position has not improved it’s okay because we are focusing on improving the bike. Tomorrow morning, we will see the potential of the soft rear because we did not get to work on it too much and it’s something I think we need to improve with. It will be very intense all day tomorrow because all of the riders are so close, everyone is within a second. We found something today and I think that there is even more to come, it’s a good day when you close the gap during practice.”

MotoGP 2024
Practice Round 1   Qatar

Friday Combined Results - Qatar Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'52.624
2 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.047
3 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.071
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.177
5 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.265
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 0.303
7 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.326
8 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.363
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.407
10 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.597
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.626
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.714
13 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.727
14 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.756
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.783
16 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.811
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.984
18 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.002
19 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.213
20 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.223
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.239
22 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.125
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 50.789s (174.8km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 52.978s (171.4 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2023)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)