An early start in Qatar allowed Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo to improve the setup of their respective Honda RC213Vs alongside their lap times.
With information gained from the opening day of the Qatar Test, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were amongst the first riders on track for day two. The Losail International Circuit started the evening in a much cleaner condition, allowing for more productivity from earlier in the day.
Within just a handful of laps, Marc Marquez was able to improve his time from the opening day by almost half a second. 57 laps around the 5.38 km Losail International Circuit produced a best time of 1’55.004, placing Marquez fifth overall. The day was not only for testing the Honda RC213V, but also to test Marquez’s shoulder – the reigning champion completing the highest number of laps since his shoulder surgery in December.
Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo and his side of the Repsol Honda Team garage continued to adjust the ergonomics of the bike to suit the five-time champion’s body and riding style. It proved to be a busy day for Lorenzo who was still able to complete 44 laps while improving his time by a substantial 1.348 seconds to a 1’55.742.
Just a single day of pre-season testing remains before the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship begins in Qatar on March 8.
Qatar Test Day Two
|1||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1'54.593|
|2||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.057|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.315|
|4||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.360|
|5||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.411|
|6||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.580|
|7||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.582|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.612|
|9||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.654|
|10||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.662|
|11||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.687|
|12||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.787|
|13||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.963|
|14||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1.011|
|15||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.068|
|16||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.087|
|17||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.105|
|18||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.123|
|19||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.149|
|20||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.358|
|21||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.681|
|22||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing Test Team||Aprilia||2.273|
|23||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||2.390|
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|
|Longest straight||1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles|
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
|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)|