In typical MotoGP fashion, tenths of a second would be the defining factor in the story of Friday action in Thailand as Marc Marquez took 11th ahead of his teammate Joan Mir in 16th.

Red-hot action in Free Practice 1 matched the red-hot weather conditions as the sun unapologetically beat down on Buriram. There was no hiding from the elements for the Repsol Honda Team who immediately got to work around the 4.55-kilometer-long Thai track. The narrowest of margins, 0.707s for the majority of the first session, split the field as the 21 riders on track battled for positions in the time sheets as they began their working weekends.

Less than a tenth of a second is all that would separate Marc Marquez from a spot in Q1 as Friday came to a close. His best time of 1’30.195 would see him end the day in 11th, just missing out on a guaranteed spot on the front four rows of the grid by 0.06s. The #93, debuting a new helmet for this weekend’s race, finishes the day more or less content with the work done and ready to battle it out in Q1 tomorrow. He walked away unharmed after contact with a piece of debris from Martin’s bike.

Like his Repsol Honda Team teammate, Joan Mir missed out on the top ten by a frustratingly narrow margin. 0.165s from Augusto Fernandez’s time, the #36’s best lap of 1’30.295 was under half a second from Jorge Martin – the fastest rider on Friday. With less than half a second splitting 16 riders after almost two hours of running and a slower start to the day, Mir hopes his upward trend will continue into Saturday in order to contest the transfer spots for Q2.

Both riders will have stiff competition in Q1 at 10:50 Local Time tomorrow morning before the Sprint Race returns to its rightful Saturday home after the change of schedule in Australia. The Sprint is scheduled to start at 15:00 Local Time and run over 13 laps.

Marc Marquez

11th 1’30.195

“I am happy with how today went; it was an optimistic goal to go straight to Q2 so we can’t be too disappointed. To miss out by 0.06s is not too bad all things considered, tomorrow we will try again even if it will be difficult. Our speed is there between tenth and 15th, if we do a lap behind someone, we can be faster because the slipstream can help a lot here in the first part of the track. No problems for me after the hit with the piece of carbon from Martin, it was just painful in the first minute or two because when you are going that speed everything can hurt. Afterwards today and for tomorrow it’s no problem.”

Joan Mir

16th 1’30.295

“Our day didn’t start in the best way, the base we had in the morning wasn’t what we needed at this track. So we spent time fixing that, making steps forward and learning all the time. In the last run two runs we had a bike that was pretty acceptable to be able to push with and we finished only 0.4s back. Like this we were able to end the day well, but the times here are so tight so even the smallest mistake in your quick lap can make a big difference. If we can find a bit of time overnight, let’s see what is possible tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 17   Thailand

Friday Practice - Thai Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'29.826
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.098
3 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.160
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.180
5 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.199
6 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.208
7 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.243
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.248
9 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.295
10 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.304
11 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.369
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.391
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.398
14 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.436
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.442
16 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.469
17 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.517
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.541
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.089
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.164
21 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.278
Location Information

Designed by German architect Herman Tilke, the Buriram International Circuit opened in 2014 and will see MotoGP™ making its debut this season. Located around 410km northeast from the country’s capital of Bangkok, the town of Buriram in the Buriram province literally translates into “city of happiness”, and its typically hot… read more.

Length 4.6 km / 2.83 miles
Width 12 metres / 39.37 ft.
Left corners 5
Right corners 7
Longest straight 1 km / 3280.84 ft.
Constructed 2014
Modified /

444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps


Track Best lap 1m29.287s (183.6 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Pole Position 1m29.287s (183.6 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m30.178s (181.8 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2023 Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)