A blistering 1’53.380 lap from Marquez saw the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion quickest as new team-mate Lorenzo continued to improve his feeling with the Honda.

Friday in Qatar marked not only the beginning of the Qatar Grand Prix, but also the eagerly awaited return of the MotoGP™ World Championship after a long winter. With Free Practice 1 taking place during the day and Free Practice 2 running at night, the latter offered conditions most similar to Sunday’s race with 21ºC track and air temperature.

The opening day of practice for the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship saw Marc Marquez fast from his first lap. Concluding Free Practice 1 in third, he and his Honda RC213V produced a stunning 1’53.380 under the lights of Free Practice 2 – three tenths faster than the previous all time lap record.

Jorge Lorenzo’s positive feeling with the Repsol Honda Team RC213V from the Qatar Test continued in Free Practice 1 as the five-time world champion ended the session in second. His 1’55.127 would improve to a 1’54.428 in Free Practice 2 as night fell on the Losail International Circuit.

The pair will join the rest of the MotoGP™ grid in Free Practice 3 at 15:15 local time tomorrow, Saturday March 9 before Qualifying begins at 20:00 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'53.380

“It was a really positive day! I was focusing a lot to go directly to QP2 and yes, the lap was fast but the most important thing is our rhythm. We still need to work a little bit on this but we’re finding our way and happy with how today ended. Normally we struggle a lot at this circuit but we are there more or less. It’s free practice, Sunday is still the most important part of the weekend.”

Jorge Lorenzo

11th 1'54.428

“I am very happy today, very confident and comfortable with the bike. We have a lot of potential and working well and I believe we can arrive there. It’s a good sign, as was the ‘morning’, we were very fast but still need to understand the bike a bit more in colder conditions. I have the feeling we can be very competitive with the right setting.”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 1   Qatar

Qatar Grand Prix Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
27%
Track Temp
21°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'53.380
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.474
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.528
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.673
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.774
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.876
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.895
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.940
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.987
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.022
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.048
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.064
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.072
14 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.421
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.652
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.668
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.673
18 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.032
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.052
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.255
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.274
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 3.057
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 3.454
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)