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.
Qatar Grand Prix Qualifications
|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|
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)|