Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had a positive second night of practice at Losail Circuit, setting the third and sixth best lap times, respectively, in the FP3 session, which decides the top 10 riders that transfer directly into tomorrow’s Q2 session.

After making a step forward in the FP2 session, Marc continued improving over the course of the evening, putting in some very consistent laps with a best effort of 1’54.835, while Dani posted his best lap time of 1’55.113, just over two-and-a-half tenths down on his teammate.

The 30-minute FP4 and 15-minute Q2 sessions await the Repsol Honda duo tomorrow at 7:55 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time, before Round 1 of the MotoGP World Championship gets underway on Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'54.835

"Today the feeling was like at the test we did two weeks ago. As soon as we went out for FP2, we changed the setup modification we made yesterday and I finally felt much better. We continued to work well, our pace is not bad and we entered directly into Q2, which is positive because this year everything is very tight on the timesheets. Tomorrow we must continue to improve our pace and we have to decide which front and rear tyre to use. From there, we will see if we can take another step forward. We are not far from the fight for the podium."

Dani Pedrosa

6th 1'55.113

"Today we were able to use the practice time better; we rode faster than yesterday and we improved our times in the two sessions. The positive thing is that we were able understand the bike a little better and we improved the setup of the bike, although there are still many things to do. Tomorrow we must continue working to progress even more. The track was in good condition and continues to get better as we put in more and more laps."

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 1   Qatar

FP3 - Results

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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)