After three days of running under the lights of the Losail International Circuit, the 2020 MotoGP pre-season is officially finished and the opening race awaits.
With the chequered flag at 20:00 Local Time, the 2020 MotoGP pre-season officially drew to a close as the Repsol Honda Team saw the end of the Qatar Test. The three days of running allowed the factory Honda team to explore a variety of different options in order to be in the best position possible for the first race of the year.
The final day of the 2020 pre-season proved a busy one for Marc Marquez who continued to relentlessly work through his testing programme. Quickly finding his speed from day one, the eight-time World Champion made consistent progress over the final day of running. Towards the end of the evening Marc turned his attentions to pushing for a lap time, ending the test with a best time of 1’54.149 and only 0.291s from the fastest time overall and less than a tenth from third place as the MotoGP field continues to tighten. The reigning World Champion leaves Qatar with a positive feeling.
Again, it was rookie Alex Marquez who was the first Repsol Honda Team rider out on track. As he had done on the previous two days, the Moto2 World Champion was able to improve his fastest lap time from the previous day. Not focusing on a time attack, Alex completed a total of 152 laps around the 5.4km long track and set a best time of 1’55.519.
A handful of days for final preparations now face both riders and the team as the first race of the 2020 MotoGP season looms large. The paddock will return to Qatar for the first Grand Prix of the year on March 06 to 08.
Qatar Test Day 3 Combined Times
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.
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Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
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