The Repsol Honda Team start their journey back to Europe with a stop at the Lusail International Circuit, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir preparing for another intense weekend.

Intensive circuit renovations saw the Qatar Grand Prix moved from its traditional home at the start of the calendar to round 19, the night race prepares to welcome MotoGP once again. The 5.38 kilometre long the circuit has been a night race since 2008, a unique spectacle on the calendar but one which always presents a stiff challenge for Honda riders. A newly resurfaced track will give all the riders something to contend with when practice starts on Friday evening.

Marc Marquez is the most recent Honda winner under the floodlights just north of Doha, winning the 2014 edition to kickstart his sophomore title defence. Alongside the win, he has taken four podiums but is aware that this year’s race will be another big challenge. The tactics for the weekend continue along the familiar path of understanding the situation fully, taking a risk when there is a reward to be had.

A Grand Prix weekend devoid of falls and focusing on a strong Saturday will be key to Joan Mir’s success in Qatar. Able to show strong race pace in recent rounds, the #36 is aiming to capitalise on that speed this weekend and return to battling his teammate again. Mir has taken four top-ten finishes in the premier class around the Lusail International Circuit from his previous four appearances.

With night-time racing, the Qatar GP offers a unique schedule. Free Practice 1 will start at 15:45 Local Time on Friday, November 17 with the Sprint scheduled for 20:00 Local Time the following day and the Grand Prix set to commence at 20:00 Local Time on Sunday, November 18.

Marc Marquez

“Second last race of the year but the focus is still the same, we keep on working until the end. Historically Qatar has been a difficult track for us with the layout and everything, so I think again it will be a bit of a tougher weekend. With the new surface, some things can certainly change so we have to spend Friday understanding how this has changed the situation. We will see what’s possible.”

Joan Mir

“We will keep working, keep pushing and keep racing until the very last lap in Valencia. This weekend is no different. For me personally, I’ve had some decent results in Qatar in the past and there’s a new surface with all the changes so it will be interesting to ride the Honda there. It’s another weekend to learn as much as we can.”

MotoGP 2023

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 412 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 398 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 323 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 254 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 200 Pramac Racing Ducati
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 198 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 175 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 171 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 156 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 156 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 149 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 100 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 93 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 84 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 76 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
16 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 76 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
17 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 69 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA 54 LCR Honda Honda
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 52 LCR Honda Honda
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 40 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 24 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 13 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha
30 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
31 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Ducati Test Team Ducati
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)