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.

Marc Marquez

7th 1'54.149

“After the first two days I was a little worried in all honesty as we were struggling to understand how to improve where we needed to. But today we have made a big breakthrough and now we understand what we need to do, I’m really pleased with what we have done. I was able to be really consistent and I was happy with my rhythm. I have to say a big thank you to Honda, the engineers and my mechanics because they have worked a lot this test and the results are showing for us. We have a direction to follow when we return here for the race.”

Alex Marquez

21st 1'55.519

“Today again I was feeling better physically, and the first 30 laps were quite good. We didn’t really have a chance to do a proper time attack today as we were busy with other things and I am still not physically at my best. We were strong in Sepang and here we haven’t been as close as I would have liked to the rest of the field. Thanks to our work this test my team think they have some solutions for the GP next week, I am pleased with this. Now I’ll return home to prepare in the best way possible for my first MotoGP race.”

MotoGP 2020
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day 3 Combined Times

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'53.858
2 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.033
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.180
4 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.210
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.247
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.271
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.291
8 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.381
9 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.425
10 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.454
11 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.468
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.474
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.574
14 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.707
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.765
16 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.776
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.816
18 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.972
19 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.150
20 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.443
21 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.661
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.058
Location Information

The fabulous Losail 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

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.680s (170.3km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2019 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)