Day two­–qualifying day–at the Losail International Circuit saw weather and track conditions shift once again. A restless wind blew sand on the track, leaving the asphalt quite dirty and slippery.

Marc Marquez was able to overcome the difficulties posed by track conditions to score an important front row start with the second fastest time of the day, a 1’53.882. In the process, he became one of only three riders able to lap under the track’s previous best-lap record, which stood since 2008.

Dani Pedrosa, who tomorrow will contest his 200th MotoGP race, will start from seventh place on the grid. The Spaniard was happy with the progress that he made in terms of bike setup during FP4 and looks forward to getting a good start as the light goes out at 7:00 p.m. local time for the first round of the 2018 MotoGP Championship.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'53.882

“I’m really happy with the result as we’ve worked a lot during the pre-season and we worked a lot here, a track that, together with Sepang, is probably the least favourable circuit to me. Today was the first real “time attack” and we were there, and now we are on the front row. Adding to the satisfaction is the fact that normally we struggle quite a lot here. But our target was the front row, we got it and it feels like a pole! Johann rode amazingly; he was one step ahead of us. Anyway, the race will be tough and long, but we’ll try to be consistent and to manage the laps in the best way possible.”

Dani Pedrosa

7th 1'54.368

“We’re of course not 100 percent satisfied with the result but we’re not unhappy either. Conditions were not what we were expecting and this is not the perfect track for me. Even more, qualifying is generally tough here. The positive thing is that we were able to improve the bike’s setup a little during FP4. Now we have to see what the conditions will be like tomorrow because they change every day at this track, and even session by session, because of the wind and the sand. I think the tyre choice will be the key to the race, as well as the start of course. Seventh place in qualifying means that we have to start well, battle well in the lead group, and find our rhythm.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 1   Qatar

Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
58%
Track Temp
25°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'53.680
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'53.882
3 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'53.887
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'54.072
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.074
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.339
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.368
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.389
9 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'54.431
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'54.449
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.619
12 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.707
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'55.140
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'55.169
15 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'55.258
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'55.273
17 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'55.380
18 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'55.381
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'55.392
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'55.553
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'55.638
22 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'55.706
23 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1'56.401
24 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'56.545
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)