An unfazed Marc Marquez recovered from his biggest crash of the year to challenge for the top spot while teammate Jorge Lorenzo made constant improvements around Buriram.

Dark clouds in the morning had many expecting rain at the Buriram Circuit, but fortunately none came. Riders were still tasked with beating the blazing Thailand heat; ambient temperature reaching 31°C and 61% humidity.

The Thai GP weekend began well for MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez, immediately fast in Free Practice 1 with a healthy advantage over his rivals. Unfortunately, Marquez suffered a heavy fall at Turn 7 with just a few minutes of the FP1 session remaining. The reigning World Champion was declared fit after a trip to the local hospital for further scans. Despite some pain in his lower back, hip and leg, Marquez returned to the Buriram Circuit to ride in Free Practice 2. Within just a few laps Marquez set a 1’30.891 – the fastest lap of the weekend until that point. Eventually finishing in sixth, Marquez concluded the day pleased with the progress made after the fall and continued to focus his attentions on Sunday’s race.

Jorge Lorenzo was pleased with what he achieved during FP1, lapping consistently and ending the session in 18th. Setup changes did not produce the desired jump in lap time for Free Practice 2 in the afternoon’s warmer conditions but Lorenzo was still able to improve his time by almost a second. While the position is not ideal, Lorenzo feels he will be able to continue his improvements tomorrow to close the gap to the front.

Saturday begins with Free Practice 3 at 09:55 Local Time followed by Qualifying at 14:10 Local Time.

Marc Marquez

6th 1'30.891

“We started the day well but in the last run we had a big crash on our out lap. I was feeling OK when I arrived in the medical centre but we followed the doctor’s procedures and went for some checks. The most important thing is I am OK, I’m in some pain but OK. In the afternoon I was able to ride well and I am happy with what we achieved. We only had to modify our plan a little bit but I was able to be fast immediately.”

Jorge Lorenzo

20th 1'31.949

“This morning I was quite satisfied with what we did because we did a lot of laps with good pace. In the afternoon we changed the setting but it didn’t work as well as we had wanted in the warmer temperature. The position in the end isn’t great but our distance to the front isn’t too bad. Tomorrow our goal is to get within one second of the front.”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 15   Thailand

Thai GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
61%
Track Temp
51°C
Air Temp
31°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'30.404
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.193
3 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.221
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.294
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.329
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.487
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.603
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.623
9 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.682
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.690
11 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.711
12 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.750
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.940
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.020
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.095
16 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.108
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.184
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.528
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.532
20 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.545
21 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.587
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.180
Location Information

Designed by German architect Herman Tilke, the Buriram International Circuit opened in 2014 and will see MotoGP™ making its debut this season. Located around 410km northeast from the country’s capital of Bangkok, the town of Buriram in the Buriram province literally translates into “city of happiness”, and its typically hot… read more.

Length 4.6 km / 2.83 miles
Width 12 metres / 39.37 ft.
Left corners 5
Right corners 7
Longest straight 1 km / 3280.84 ft.
Constructed 2014
Modified /

444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps

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Records

Track Best lap 1m29.719s (182.7 Km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2019)
Pole Position 1m29.719s (182.7 Km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2019)
Race Lap 1m30.904s (180.3 Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
2019 Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)