With the first race of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship just over a week away, the Repsol Honda Team arrived at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar for the final official MotoGP Test of the pre-season. The opening day of running allowed both riders, Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez, to confirm what they and their respective teams had found in Sepang. 

It was a rapid start to testing for the reigning MotoGP World Champion, the first rider to drop into the 1’54s as action began. As the track condition improved throughout the course of the evening, Marc was able to continue gathering more data on the 2020 Honda RC213V for HRC engineers. Ending the ‘day’ with a best time of 1’54.823 left Marc as the sixth fastest rider and as just one of seven riders below the 1’55 barrier. Focusing on the next two days, Marc ended his running an hour early.

Although feeling under the weather, Alex diligently went about learning the Losail International Circuit aboard his Honda RC213V – his fourth different track since joining the Repsol Honda Team. Completing a total of 57 laps, Alex was able to improve his time over the course of running and finished with a 1’56.552 as his best time. The MotoGP rookie is now aiming for a restful night to be ready for running tomorrow. Alex suffered a fall at Turn 10 but sustained no injuries.

The penultimate day of pre-season testing begins on Sunday, February 23 at 13:00 Local Time.

Marc Marquez

6th 1'54.823

“Today we started well but I am struggling a bit more than in Malaysia with my shoulder. In the long corners here, especially the long right handers, I feel my shoulder. I was able to ride how I needed to but we kept calm and did what we needed to. As always, Qatar is not an easy circuit for us and we’re aiming to be as strong as possible. It’s just the first day of testing so I am not looking at the timing screens and instead I’m looking at our garage and working how we need to.”

Alex Marquez

21st 1'56.552

“Unfortunately I arrived in Qatar and I have been feeling a little sick. It’s nothing serious but I do not have my full power and in MotoGP you need to be at your best. Even like this we were able to get a good amount of work done and we started to work more with the setup of the bike. I had a crash today; this is how you find the limit as a rookie so I’m not focusing on it. We have tomorrow to work again so we are looking forward to that and hopefully working to our maximum.”

MotoGP 2020
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.462
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.002
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.032
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.172
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.238
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.361
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.414
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.612
9 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.742
10 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.806
11 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.846
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.898
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.968
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.987
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.165
16 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.182
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.245
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.275
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.295
20 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.673
21 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.090
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.565
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 53.680s (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)
2019 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)