Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa ready for final 2018 pre-season test
Losail International Circuit in Qatar will host the final pre-season test of 2018, 1-3 March, with each day’s session running 1-9 p.m. local time.
It will be an important test for the Repsol Honda Team to finalize their preparation and make the final choices regarding bike setup before the starting lights go out for the first Grand Prix of the season at the same venue, on March 18.
During the last hour of the test’s final day (3 March), the track will be covered in water to give riders the chance to evaluate the Losail circuit in the wet under the floodlights.
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“I’m happy with our pre-season so far, as we’ve started a bit better than last year, but we must remain concentrated and focused on the work ahead. Now we have to reconfirm everything in Qatar, which is a particular track, and not an easy one. We’re still working to best understand the new engine, working on the setup to adapt it as well as possible to my riding style. We already took a step forward from Sepang to Buriram, and we look forward to taking another one in Qatar. We’ve always focused our work on our race pace and consistency, and we’re generally happy with the feeling we have with the bike. We’ll try to be on the pace in Losail as well, and to get ready for the first race.”
“It will be very interesting to see how things go in Qatar, and also to have the chance to evaluate our engine there. So far we’ve tested it in two very hot places, and now we’ll need to set it up for a different situation and cooler conditions. Qatar is also dusty, and that will be another thing we’ll have to assess. Of course the goal is to arrive at the first race as prepared as possible. Another thing that will be different is the ‘wet test’ that we’ll carry out on the final day; having had rain in Qatar on a few occasions in the past, we’ve been asked to give our opinions about riding there in the wet. We’ll see what the artificially soaked track will be like, and what feeling we’ll have on it.”
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|
|Longest straight||1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles|
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 52.772s (171.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 54.624s (168.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha,2021)|
|Race Time||42m13.198 (168.2km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)|
|2022 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|