The opening night in Qatar saw Marc Marquez time his flying laps perfectly to end in tenth despite yellow flags, Joan Mir finding good data to improve on Saturday.

Floodlights were all switched back on as the MotoGP World Championship returned to Lusail, starting the penultimate weekend of the year. As is often the case at the Qatar GP, the first part of the ‘day’ saw riders go steadily faster as the condition of the track improved with more running. Yellow flags at the end of the night would see last-minute changes to the overall top ten.

Starting the day right down the order, Marc Marquez was sure of his strategy on Friday as he saved himself and his tyres in Free Practice 1. Improving instantly in the second session, Marquez would have his fastest lap of the day cancelled due to yellow flags, fortunately his previous lap time of 1’53.323 was good enough to remain in the top ten. With this, it was mission accomplished from Friday as the #93 has now guaranteed a spot on the front four rows of the grid – avoiding a repeat of last weekend’s qualifying result. Keeping this position will be Saturday’s mission.

Joan Mir spent the ‘morning’ session working to understand the new surface around the 5.38-kilometre long Lusail International Circuit. With the track surface still dirty from overnight storms, times were not completely representative of each riders’ potential. Able to improve in line with the rest of the field in the evening, Mir was left searching for more feeling from the tyres of his first run. Yellow flags during his last stint on track saw him set a best time of 1’53.921 and ended 17th.

Action resumes tomorrow at 15:00 Local Time with Free Practice 2, a final day set of laps under daylight.

Marc Marquez

Tenth 1'53.323

“It was a better day than we were expecting when we arrived here. To be inside the top ten and into Q2 straight away is really good news for us in the garage. I was able to find a good lap time behind Pecco because that’s how we have to do it. Tomorrow we will try to keep this position and understand how the track evolves before and during the Sprint. We need to look at what the best tyre will be for the time attack and keep adapting as the track changes. For the moment we can be content with what we have done.”

Joan Mir

17th 1'53.921

“A bit of a difficult day for us because the conditions from the morning to the night changed a lot, not just the temperature but also the track. We struggled in the morning and then in the evening the feeling with the first tyre wasn’t so good. This meant I had to go with a lap time from the medium which doesn’t have the same speed as the soft, which was probably a low 53 in the last minutes of the session. We have good information for tomorrow so we can start from a better base.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 19   Qatar

Friday Practice - Qatar Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1'52.843
2 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.049
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.093
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.112
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.190
6 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.251
7 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.352
8 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.359
9 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.446
10 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.480
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.494
12 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.718
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.721
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.853
15 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.861
16 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.935
17 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.078
18 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.094
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.162
20 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.411
21 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.417
22 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.598
Location Information

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
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


Pole Position 1m 50.789s (174.8km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 52.978s (171.4 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2023)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)