The second day of testing in Qatar was marked by temperatures slightly cooler than yesterday (22° C air / 20° C track at the end of the session) with a few drops of rain falling on the Losail circuit around midday. Both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa went out on track around 4 pm.

Marc, a victim of the Losail circuit’s tricky turn 2, where he suffered a tumble at around 8 pm, set the third fastest time of 1’54.753” on lap 58 of 59, just 0.167” down on today’s pace setter, Andrea Iannone.

Dani, still suffering some pain on his left hand following yesterday’s crash, closed his day with an hour remaining in the session after setting his fastest time of 1’55.282” on lap 21 of 35, which placed him in 10th for the day.

Testing will end tomorrow. With the possibility of rain likely in the desert of Qatar, a “wet test” on the artificially soaked Losail track will be held just before the end of the session.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1’54.753 (on lap 58 of 59)

“The day went quite well. We struggled a little in the middle of the session as we started to try a few things and we briefly lost the direction, but that was also good to understand something different. When the temperature dropped in the evening and I was on the hard front tyre, I lost the bike in the turn 2, which is a bit of a characteristic crash at this track. This, in the end, turned out to be a positive as well, because I had to jump on my second bike, which was not in our plan, and I felt better! I’m happy with how today went, but tomorrow we’ll keep working hard on the setting with the target of improving our pace and being more consistent at this track, which is one of the more demanding circuits for us.”

Dani Pedrosa

10th 1’55.282 (on lap 21 of 35)

“Today has been a bit difficult because I had some pain on my left hand after yesterday’s crash. I had to be a bit careful and couldn’t ride perfectly. Still, we tried to do our best and, in the end, managed to complete some work on the bike’s setup and on the tyres. We didn’t try a lot of things as I couldn’t lap at length every exit. Anyway, let’s see if I can recover more for tomorrow and if we can do better. We still have things we would like to try because the conditions here change a lot from daylight to night time and we need to do some more test.”

MotoGP 2018
Testing   Qatar

Results Session

Dry
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'54.586
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.041
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.167
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.288
5 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.381
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.406
7 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.465
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.602
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.650
10 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.696
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.730
12 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.874
13 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.953
14 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.976
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.122
16 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.212
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.289
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.290
19 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.488
20 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.518
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.677
22 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.709
23 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.209
24 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.632
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)