Marc Marquez overcame cold conditions in Qatar to secure a spot on the front row as Jorge Lorenzo battles through the pain barrier for 15th.

Free Practice 3 did not get off to an ideal start for the Repsol Honda Team as Jorge Lorenzo crashed heavily at Turn 6, shortly followed by Marc Marquez who lost the front at Turn 14. Both fortunately avoided any serious injuries, Marquez returning to the wind-hit track to lead the session with a 1’54.677.

After a medical check, Jorge Lorenzo was deemed fit and returned to ride in Free Practice 4. Gusty winds remained for Free Practice 4 and Qualifying, the track reaching just 18ºC. Marc Marquez would suffer his second fall of the day, coming off at Turn 6 early in session and quickly remounting.

Jorge Lorenzo pushed from the off in Q1 to set a 1’54.563, unfortunately unable to improve his time after joining a number of riders in falling at Turn 2. Lorenzo’s time will see him start the Qatar Grand Prix from 15th on the grid.  Two heavy falls left Lorenzo with pain in his back, arms and legs, the five-time world champion hoping to be as pain free as possible for tomorrow’s race.

Q2 started with the track temperature a mere 16ºC, Marquez taking a cautious approach for his opening run. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion left his charge in Q2 late, setting a 1’53.745 to secure a front row birth for the opening race of the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship.

Action begins at the Losail International Circuit with Warm Up at 15:40 local time with the lights going out at 20:00 local time and the 2019 MotoGP World Championship officially back underway.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'53.745

“It’s one of the circuits where we usually struggle so I had to work on the strategy to get a front row. This was the target and I am happy to have achieved it. Especially today where it was incredibly cold and windy, if it’s like this tomorrow we need to survive. Yesterday I felt really strong with the bike but today it was tougher and it was so easy to crash and we had to limit the risks. Tomorrow we will see what happens, the temperature could change a lot.”

Jorge Lorenzo

15th 1'54.563

“I have some pain in my back and I need to rest and then see how I wake up tomorrow. It hasn’t been a great day today, very unlucky with the first crash. There were a combination of factors that made me have a very nasty crash which has created a lot of pain. Then in qualifying I crashed because it was too cold, it wasn’t a good day for us. It will be a race of survival, especially for me with my experience with the bike and also my pain.”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 1   Qatar

Qatar Grand Prix Qualifications

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'53.546
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.198
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.199
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.263
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.400
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.549
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.654
8 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.690
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.693
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.711
11 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.844
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.371
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1'54.472 Q1
14 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.267
15 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.293
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.470
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.852
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.158
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.194
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.372
21 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.527
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.667
23 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.766
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)