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.

Marc Marquez

2nd

“It was exactly the same as last year! I tried to push hard but here when you overtake you just run wide and you can’t keep the line. I tried to be there, to push a little and just be there until the end. I’m very happy with these 20 points because normally we struggle here and this weekend especially we worked a lot. We changed some things that meant I couldn’t push like I normally do in braking. But we finished the race and take good points.”

Jorge Lorenzo

13th

“There are many positive things today even if where we finished is not what we thought we could achieve. I was very limited by the crash yesterday, it was a very big impact everywhere and especially on my shoulder. It limited everything. From then, I was always slower than at the start of the weekend. I had some problems in the opening laps and lost about three or four seconds there. Without doubt we have much more potential and if we’re not unlucky we can be stronger.”

MotoGP 2019
Race Round 1   Qatar

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 22.972
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia 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
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)