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.

Marc Marquez

10th 1'56.167

“Honestly today I’m happy with my physical condition compared to Malaysia, we’ve improved a lot. The power is there and I can ride more like myself now. Also, we still have two weeks until the first race and this is the focus. During the night the track got better but we need to keep trying to be closer to the other riders. Now we’ll go analyse everything because during the test here there is not much time.”

Jorge Lorenzo

21st 1'57.090

“The wrist is OK, obviously I’m struggling under braking but I am able to understand the bike. Time is the big limit, we only have maybe three hours each day because after nine the temperature drops a lot and it’s hard to learn when it’s like this. We didn’t try too many changes on the bike and focused mostly on the ergonomics. Tomorrow we will be closer, it’s still the first day.”

MotoGP 2019
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day One

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Ducati Team Ducati 0.499
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team 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
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)