An evening of positive progress left Joan Mir in an optimistic mood as the last test of the pre-season began while Luca Marini battled through illness to maximise his work on track.

Days after showing off their colours for the 2024 season, the Repsol Honda Team were back out on track as the final pre-season test commenced in Qatar. Running from 14:00 Local Time to 21:00, it was a more patient start to the first day in Lusail as both Joan Mir and Luca Marini entered the circuit just after 15:30 Local Time. Continuous running from the MotoGP field would see steady improvements to the conditions as the sun set and the floodlights were switched on.

Joan Mir continued to make improvements across the board as he ended the first day of the two-day test in 13th. A best time of 1’52.823, coming on lap 50 of 52, left the #36 content with what he had accomplished on the opening day. Having worked through a number of items already in Sepang, the two days on the outskirts of Doha will be about confirming the findings from Sepang and working to build a base setting for the opening round of the 2024 season. With the initial stages of their work done, Mir and his crew tried a number of aerodynamic and ergonomic items.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Luca Marini continued his adaptation to the Honda RC213V and was able to make consistent gains over the course of the evening. Like Mir, Marini spent much of Monday evening working to confirm what he and the team had found in Sepang. Battling some illness, Marini was still able to complete 51 laps and gather important information. He ended Monday in 18th, 0.6s back from his teammate.

Just one more day remains in the MotoGP pre-season, both Repsol Honda Team riders eager to once again take full advantage of all the available time as they prepare for their 2024 campaigns.

Joan Mir

13th 1'52.823

“Overall it was a good first day of the test and we were able to confirm a lot of things already from Sepang. We tried a few more things on the aero side and found another step, which makes me happy. I was able to ride comfortably, and we spent almost all of today on a used tyre. With a used medium we could do some good times and I was able to be in the mid 53s, steadily improving even on the used tyres. It’s a positive point and we are already faster than we were here last year. After changing the aerodynamics, we focused some more on electronics and I think this is where we still have some margin.”

Luca Marini

18th 1'53.433

“Today unfortunately I am not feeling 100% fit, which is a shame but still we were able to do what we needed today. The first day today was much better than the first day in Sepang, so this shows that we have started well in Sepang and carrying it here. It’s clear there’s still work to do but me and the team have some ideas and we are looking to make progress tomorrow, then at the race and the next race. Honda is bringing things for us to try and we are working well together already, this is important with where we are in the journey.”

MotoGP 2024
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test - Day One

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'52.040
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.220
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.292
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.296
5 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.427
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.455
7 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.516
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.549
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 0.592
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.597
11 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.759
12 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.774
13 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.783
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.856
15 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.898
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.919
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.168
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.393
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.602
20 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.715
21 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 1.903
22 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.469
23 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.471
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)