The Repsol Honda Team worked hard to achieve a day of steady improvements in Indonesia with Marc Marquez earning his spot in Q2, a late fall for Joan Mir ended his run towards a spot in the top ten.

There was nowhere to hide from the intense Indonesian sunlight and heat as Friday practice began in Mandalika, temperatures pushing above 30°C from early in the morning. Keeping their focus throughout both sessions, the Repsol Honda Team were able to take full advantage of all the track time available to improve with each run. In classic MotoGP style, it all came down to a final five-minute shoot out to decide the top.

Having been in and around the top ten throughout the day, Marc Marquez spent Friday in Indonesia working on improving the setup and feeling of his Repsol Honda Team RC213V machine. Steady and consistent steps forward saw the eight-time World Champion end the day with a best time of 1’31.106 – good enough for sixth overall and a crucial spot in Q2. The #93 was pleased with the work done and pleasantly surprised to be able to already be running inside the top ten after a harder time around Mandalika in 2022.

Joan Mir had another day full of potential, the #36 finding 1.3 seconds between the morning and the afternoon session across his best laps. But this did not tell the complete story, the 2020 World Champion was on track for a spot in the top ten in the afternoon when a late fall ended what would have been his best lap of the day by a significant margin. Unharmed in the fall, Mir kept his spirits high when he returned to the garage.

Action resumes on Saturday, October 14 with FP2 at 10:10 Local Time before an important Qualifying session and Sprint Race follow shortly after. Both Repsol Honda Team riders will be hunting further improvements the the sun rises tomorrow.

Marc Marquez

Sixth 1'31.106

“Today went a bit better than expected, jumping straight to Q2 was above what we thought was possible. Last year I struggled a lot here, but I am already feeling a lot better and I felt comfortable throughout the day. It was a little bit careful after the crash last year and with so many races in a row. The objective for tomorrow is to get the best starting position possible, so let’s see what steps we can make overnight.”

Joan Mir

19th 1'32.127

“It was a day of improvements. The base we had this morning wasn’t what we needed but, in the afternoon, we made a step in a good direction. Everything was working better, and I was feeling quite good, especially with used tyres. During my first attempt at a time attack I came across Marc on the track and he had a moment which disturbed my lap. On the second run, I was behind Pecco and there were yellow flags for the first two laps. On the final lap I was doing a good lap, I think good enough for the top ten, but I fell coming into the last sector. It’s a shame but we can fight for more tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 15   Mandalika

Friday Practice - Indonesian Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1'30.474
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.154
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.170
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.288
5 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.400
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.632
7 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.725
8 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.733
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.742
10 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.755
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.802
12 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.893
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.983
14 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.026
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.087
16 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.161
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.181
18 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.332
19 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.653
20 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.734
21 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.952
Location Information

Mandalika International Street Circuit (known as Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit) is located in the Mandalika resort area on the Central Lombok Regency in West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. The circuit is a venue for Asia Talent Cup, Superbike World Championship and Grand Prix motorcycle racing races.

Length 4.3 km
Width 15m
Left Corners 6
Right Corners 11
Longest Straight 723 m
Constructed 2021


Pole Position 1'29.978 (172.0Km/h) Luca Marini (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1'30.909 (170.3Km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2023)
Race Time 33'27.223 (154.2Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2022)
2023 Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)