The final day of the last test of the pre-season dawned sunny and dry but quite windy in Qatar. Marc Marquez headed out on the track soon after 3 pm. followed shortly by teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Both riders used these three days to finalize their preparation for the start of the 2018 season and to work on the race setup of their RC213V. For the first time, today they also had the chance to ride in the wet at the Losail Circuit, as race direction organized a special test for the final hour, artificially soaking the track.

Marc completed a 10-lap mini long run and a total of 75 laps, with a best time of 1’54.591” on lap 70  to finish sixth fastest for the day. Dani ended in 11th place with a best time of 1’54.774” on lap 29 of 44.

The team will now fly back to Europe for two weeks but will return on track at Losail on Friday, 16 March, for the first practice of the Qatar GP (2.45 – 3.30 p.m., local time).

Marc Marquez

6th (7th in the Combined standings) 1'54.591

“I’m satisfied with how our pre-season went in general. We’ve worked a lot on our race pace, which is the most important thing in the end. It’s true that we’ve struggled a bit here in Qatar, but we’re happy anyway, as today in particular we took a step forward and I was able to lap consistently enough in the low-to-medium 1’55” range. Today we also tried the carbon swing arm in just one run, and I managed to ride quite fast, though we need to work more on that. For sure the championship will be very competitive starting at the first race, but I hope to enjoy it. Regarding the test in the wet, well, with the reflection of the light it’s a bit more difficult than usual to see the kerbs and the white line, and the track is a bit slippery, but for me it should be possible to do the race if it rains.”

Dani Pedrosa

11th (12th in the Combined standings) 1'54.774

“I’m quite happy with the pre-season overall, with the work we’ve done, and with our pace. We’ve been competitive in different conditions, which is positive. Unfortunately, the crash on the first day made things a bit difficult for us here, and the track itself is also a bit demanding for us, but we made some progress and improved our pace a little anyway. We’re not the fastest here at the moment, but we worked well and understood a lot about the conditions and how the track changes between having grip and not having it. We learned a lot about these things. Now we have to focus on ourselves, not looking at the others, and I think we can take another step for the race. I look forward to starting the championship! Regarding the wet test, I think that in case of rain for the race, we’ll have to speak and decide all together.”

MotoGP 2018
Testing   Qatar

Day 3

Dry / Windy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'54.029
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.247
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.302
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.428
5 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.442
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.562
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.621
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.630
9 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.663
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.720
11 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.745
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.103
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.150
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.203
15 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.244
16 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.271
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.318
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.436
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.460
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.566
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.734
22 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.914
23 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.093
24 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki /
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)