Marquez lit up the Qatar night with second place after a race-long brawl as Lorenzo worked his way up to 13th place.
With Warm Up held in the late afternoon and still under the daylight, it only offered the Repsol Honda Team a brief chance to confirm their settings ahead of 2019’s opening Grand Prix. As the sun set and the floodlights flickered to life the ambient temperature settled at 18ºC with the track at 19ºC.
Marc Marquez held his own in the opening laps, keeping out of trouble and moving ahead of the chasing pack with Andrea Dovizioso. The reigning World Champion was soon joined in his hunt for victory, a frantic melee between the leading seven riders playing out over the next 20 laps. Just 0.023s split Marquez from Andrea Dovizioso as they crossed the line, Marquez opening his 2019 account with 20 points.
After yesterdays pair of heavy falls, Jorge Lorenzo’s Repsol Honda Team debut was heavily restricted by lingering pain in his back and shoulder. Focusing on his own rhythm and understanding the Honda over race distance, Lorenzo battled to 13th to earn three points on his debut.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the podium in third.
The MotoGP™ World Championship now prepares for Round Two at the Argentina Grand Prix, March 29 – 31 hosted at the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit.
|1||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||25||Ducati Team||Ducati||42'36.902|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.023|
|3||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||16||LCR Honda||Honda||0.320|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.457|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||11||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.600|
|6||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||10||Ducati Team||Ducati||2.320|
|7||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||9||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2.481|
|8||Mir Joan||36||SPA||8||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||5.088|
|9||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||7||LCR Honda||Honda||7.406|
|10||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||6||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||9.636|
|11||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||5||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||9.647|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||4||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||12.774|
|13||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||3||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||14.307|
|14||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||2||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||14.349|
|15||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||1||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||15.093|
|16||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||15.905|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||16.377|
|18||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||22.972|
|19||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||23.039|
|20||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||0||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||43.242|
|21||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||0||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||DNF|
|22||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|23||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
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)|