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.
Thai Grand Prix Qualification Results
|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 Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.803|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.878|
|7||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo 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||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||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||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.530|
|18||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.585|
|19||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.636|
|20||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.804|
|21||Kallio Mika||82||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.880|
|22||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.010|
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.|
|Longest straight||1 km / 3280.84 ft.|
444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps
|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)|