An eventful afternoon and evening for the Repsol Honda Team in Qatar as Joan Mir and Luca Marini got their first taste of racing for the year. Mir emerged as the quickest Honda as Marini endured a strange race, not reflective of his pace.

Adapting to the revised schedule due to Friday’s rain, Joan Mir was immediately on the attack as he hunted the best grid position possible with Practice starting the day. Missing out on the top two in Q1 by just half a second after a crash at the last corner, Mir secured 17th for both races at the Qatar GP.

His efforts continued into the Sprint race where he posted consistent lap times to bring himself steadily towards the front over the course of the 11 laps. An issue at the start of the race limited his pace in the early laps, but it soon resolved itself and Mir found himself closing in on the second group and gaining rapid ground on Zarco. With just a handful of corners to go, Mir attacked and picked off Zarco – claiming 15th and top Honda honours at the flag. The #36 felt there was more to offer and is aiming to deliver on that potential on Sunday.

Work continued on diligently for Luca Marini throughout the course of a complicated day. A crash, his first as a Repsol Honda Team rider, during the early stages of Practice saw him return to the garage, change leathers and head back out. A best lap of 1’52.952 in Q1 would see the #10 start from 21st on the grid.

A quiet race unfolded for Marini as he worked on understanding the Repsol Honda Team RC213V. Immediately starting his debrief with the team upon his return to the garage, plans are already underway to improve his feeling and the bike’s setup for Sunday’s feature race. The Italian and his Repsol Honda Team engineers are certain there is much more to come and the first result of the year is an outlier.

Now all attentions turn to the main event, the 22-lap Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday, March 10, where both Repsol Honda Team riders have clear targets.

Joan Mir


“In the last part of the race we were able to run in the 53 lows and I was catching the second group, which was quite good. I was able to overtake, and I finished the race with a good feeling. Our position isn’t the best, but there are positives about the feeling. There was something in the first five laps that then disappeared that we need to check because after that I could do my pace. I think tomorrow will give us a chance to show what we can really do, fighting close to the top ten and being there.”

Luca Marini


"A strange day speaking honestly because I was not expecting to be so far, nor were the team. All weekend, and in the test, I was more or less with the Honda riders but today we were very far. First, we need to understand why because the feeling was not what it has been. I was really strong in braking but we need to improve a lot in other areas. It’s the first race we have done so there is certainly more to come and I am confident we will get there.”

MotoGP 2024
Sprint Race Round 1   Qatar

Sprint Race - Qatar GP

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 12 Pramac Racing Ducati 20'41.287
2 Binder Brad 33 RSA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.548
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.729
4 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 6 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.625
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 5 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1.872
6 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 4 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 2.322
7 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 3 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 3.154
8 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA 2 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 4.431
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 1 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 6.738
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 12.670
11 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 0 Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 12.835
12 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 12.863
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 13.095
14 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 0 Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 13.795
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 14.096
16 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 LCR Honda Honda 14.840
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 15.629
18 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 0 Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 17.711
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 22.733
20 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Pramac Racing Ducati 23.267
21 Marini Luca 10 ITA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 25.553
22 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA DNF Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati DNF
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)