Joan Mir and Luca Marini worked until the very end of the ultimate day of testing, the pair overcoming illness to produce the maximum amount of data for the Repsol Honda Team.

The Repsol Honda Team pairing of Joan Mir and Luca Marini showed their determination, working under the floodlights of the Lusail International Circuit to prepare for their upcoming campaign. A day of red flags made every lap important as the MotoGP grid continued to increase the pace in the build up to the season – a new unofficial circuit record being set in the process.

Joan Mir spent the final day battling illness, sapping his strength and limiting his time on the Repsol Honda Team RC213V machine. Completing 32 laps, Mir ends the Qatar Test in 19th. His best time, a 1’52.457 set on the second day, was 1.1 seconds faster than his Qualifying time from the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix just three months ago. Had his condition been better, Mir feels he could have lapped in the 1’51s. A fall at Turn 13 late in the evening ended Mir’s test somewhat prematurely but he was unharmed in the fall. Having made impressive progress already, the #36 was left somewhat disappointed at being unable to fully capitalise on the available time to find the remaining tenths. He will now return home to begin his final preparations for the start of the season.

Having recovered from his illness yesterday, Marini was back to full fitness and the final day of testing was another productive affair for Luca Marini as he completed 60 laps to bring his total from the two days in Qatar to 111 laps. Ending with a best time of 1’52.677, Marini ended the night just behind his teammate. Continuing to work through a number of items for HRC, Marini was left content with what he and the team achieved despite a truncated start to the second day. He remains focused on the work that still remains before the start of the season. Just days now separate the #10 from his first race as a factory Honda rider.

Now the attentions of riders and the entire team turn to the opening race of the 21-round MotoGP World Championship season, scheduled to start at the Lusail International Circuit on March 08 – 10. After Qatar, the season will see the Repsol Honda Team travel around the world as they battle against the 20 other riders on the grid.

Joan Mir

19th 1'52.457

“Today I woke up feeling very tired and in general not feeling great. After the first exit I was feeling really unwell and had to stop to try and recover some strength. I was able to rest and go back out on track but my condition was not 100% so we could only do a few things. Then on the last exit I had a fast crash which meant we couldn’t do the practice starts, so it was quite a complicated day. It would have been good to have this final day at our best, but we have been able to make good progress over the course of these tests. Now we turn our attention to the race and trying to take the maximum result from it.”

Luca Marini

20th 1'52.677

“This test has allowed us to understand many things and we were able to try everything that was on the list for us and for HRC. We made a big change on the bike today which lost us some time in the first hour. Even like this, we have been able to get a lot of data and we can prepare well for the GP. Each day I have been able to improve my feeling with the bike but we still need to do a bit of work to improve our performance over one lap.”

MotoGP 2024
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test - Day Two

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'50.592
2 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.120
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.308
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.383
5 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.389
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.435
7 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.514
8 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.537
9 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.631
10 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.726
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.768
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.884
13 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.992
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.013
15 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.094
16 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.151
17 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.210
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.432
19 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.505
20 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.725
21 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.818
22 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.060
23 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.703
Location Information

The fabulous Lusail 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


Pole Position 1m 50.789s (174.8km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 52.978s (171.4 km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2023)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)