Just a few weeks after the Sepang Test, the MotoGP™ World Championship arrived in Qatar for the final pre-season test of 2019. It was a quiet start to proceedings at the Losail International Circuit as teams and riders waited for night to fall. Conditions improved steadily over the course of the opening evening, track temperature sitting steadily around 23°C until late in the night.
Marc Marquez was amongst the first riders to venture out on track as the sun set and the floodlights were switched on. His initial shake down run produced a 1’57.487, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion eventually improving to a 1’56.167 to end the opening day of testing in tenth. Marquez suffered a harmless fall at the final corner.
Saturday at the Qatar Test marked Jorge Lorenzo’s on track debut in full the Repsol Honda Team livery. Like his teammate, Lorenzo waited until the sun had set to head out on track and reacquaint himself with the Honda RC213V. For Lorenzo, the opening day was about assessing his still-healing scaphoid and understanding the changes made to the 2019 bike. A 1’57.090 saw him end 21st fastest.
Testing continues on Sunday February 24 at 16:00 local time when Marquez and Lorenzo will continue their development work.
Qatar Test Day One
|1||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'55.051|
|2||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.108|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||0.499|
|4||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||0.543|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.553|
|6||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.643|
|7||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.721|
|8||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.892|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.989|
|10||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.116|
|11||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.213|
|12||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.307|
|13||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.396|
|14||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1.460|
|15||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.687|
|16||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.719|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.840|
|18||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.870|
|19||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.881|
|20||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||2.002|
|21||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2.039|
|22||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||2.086|
|23||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||2.408|
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)|
|2019 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|