The Repsol Honda Team kept their cool after a wet and wild start to Saturday in Thailand, Marquez securing a front row start despite a crash and Lorenzo is ready to fight forward.

After delays of over an hour due to a heavy morning downpour, action eventually got underway in Buriram. Initially wet, the 4.6 kilometre long circuit was fast to dry and times continued to improve throughout the following sessions. Conditions improved sufficiently and both Free Practice 4 and qualifying were held in the dry.

A lack of dry running in the morning didn’t slow the MotoGP field come Q2 as riders quickly dropped in to the low 1’30s. Times continued to fall with Marquez setting a best time of 1’29.931 before beginning his final flying lap. Faster than his previously lap during the opening sectors, Marquez unfortunately suffered his second fall of the weekend with an off at Turn 5. Immediately to his feet, Marquez was unharmed and will line up third on the grid but a very productive Free Practice 4 session has Marc Marquez feeling confident for the race on Sunday.

Jorge Lorenzo was upbeat with how Saturday went in Thailand, despite being unable to improve his time from Friday for a spot in Q2 due to the weather. Setting his best lap time of the weekend, Lorenzo finished the Q1 session within a second of Petrucci and will start from 19th on the grid but believes he could have been at least a row higher had a mistake late in his flying lap not cost him several tenths.

Marquez begins Sunday’s 26-lap MotoGP race in Buriram from the front row with his first opportunity to wrap up the 2019 MotoGP World Championship. The Repsol Honda Team rider must out score Andrea Dovizioso by two points, a second career victory in Thailand will guarantee the title. Title rival Dovizioso starts seventh.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'29.931

“Today was a very good day for us, apart from the small crash at the end of Qualifying. After the fall, physically I am OK. I have a little bit of pain but it’s no excuse for the race tomorrow. We have a very good pace and we kept working and pushing throughout the day for tomorrow’s important race. The crashes this weekend aren’t a problem, for tomorrow, we have good pace and we will treat it like any other race – aiming to fight for the podium and victory.”

Jorge Lorenzo

19th 1'31.605

“The rain didn’t create the best conditions for the afternoon as the track was more slippery. We had to change the setting to compensate for this and we weren’t able to close the distance from pole. Anyway, in Qualifying I went faster than the whole weekend but we had an issue in the final braking after running on the kerb in the fast corner before. This lost me a few tenths and I think without this I could have been 16th which would have been my best grid position since Assen. We keep working!”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 15   Thailand

Thai Grand Prix Qualification Results

Dry
Humidity
72%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'29.719
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.106
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.212
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.712
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.803
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.878
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.973
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.016
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.022
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.059
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.346
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.539
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'30.969 Q1
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.419
15 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.447
16 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.459
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.530
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.585
19 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.636
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.804
21 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.880
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.010
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)