Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured the first pole of the season at the Losail circuit in Qatar with a time of 1’54.507, marking his 10th MotoGP career pole, from 19 starts in the class. Teammate Dani Pedrosa, despite being just 0.196s from Marc with 1’54.703, will start from the second row in 6th position.
It was an exciting session with fastest times being traded between several riders. Marc, who is still suffering from the injury that sidelined him from the last two Winter tests, took provisional pole on his first exit in Q2 before securing it with a faster time on his final lap of his second exit. He’s now found a setup he is happy with and will work on fine tuning it in tomorrow’s warmup session.
Dani was also happy with his pace after making positive setup changes in FP4 and will be looking for one of his trademark starts in tomorrow’s 22 lap race, that will begin at 22h00 local time.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'54.507|
|2||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||1'54.564|
|3||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'54.601|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||04||ITA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'54.644|
|5||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'54.661|
|6||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'54.703|
|7||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||1'54.871|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'54.888|
|9||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'54.986|
|10||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'55.096|
|11||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'55.127|
|12||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||1'55.152|
|14||Edwards Colin||5||USA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||1'56.042|
|15||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||Aspar Team||Honda||1'56.479|
|16||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||1'56.555|
|17||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'56.648|
|18||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||AB Motoracing||Honda||1'56.715|
|19||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati||1'57.006|
|20||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo IodaRacing Team||ART||1'57.513|
|21||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1'57.574|
|22||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||1'57.667|
|23||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||1'58.254|
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)|
|2018 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|