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.

Marc Marquez

5th 1’55.004

“I’m very happy today because it was my first ‘normal’ day of testing. I did a lot of laps, there was a little pain in the shoulder but it’s manageable. We also made a big step with the setup of the bike, I’m happy overall with my condition and the bike. We’re getting closer and closer at a circuit that’s usually not the best for us and there’s still a day of testing left.”

Jorge Lorenzo

19th 1’55.742

“Today was better than yesterday. We modified the bike to improve my feeling and confidence across the whole circuit. You can see we’ve improved by over one second, the position isn’t much better but we are much closer to the front – this is the most important part. Tomorrow we’re aiming to make another step forward again, especially with corner entry as I think there’s still more to do there.”

MotoGP 2019
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day Two

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Mission Winnow Ducati 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 Mission Winnow Ducati 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 Alma 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 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.068
16 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Alma 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 Reale Avintia 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
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)