The Repsol Honda Team worked diligently throughout the penultimate day of pre-season running as both riders continued refining their respective setups.

Testing in Qatar continued as the sun beat down on the Losail International Circuit, the second day beginning at 13:00 Local Time. While the opening round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship will take place under Qatar’s famous floodlights, lapping during the day allowed both sides of the Repsol Honda Team garage to continue assessing the various aspects of the 2020 Honda RC213V MotoGP machine. Working steady from mid-afternoon, Alex Marquez and Marc Marquez completed a total of 94 laps between them.

Entering the circuit at 15:00 Local Time, Marc Marquez enjoyed a productive start to the day. A fall with just over three hours of the test to go at Turn 8 saw Marc escape injury and return to the circuit soon after, then improving on his lap time from before the fall. Finishing the day in 14th, the World Champion’s 1’54.823 from day one remains his best lap of the test so far.

Continuing to battle through a head cold, Alex Marquez improved his day one lap time by eight tenths and wrapped up the second day seventh tenths behind his Repsol Honda Team team-mate. Each lap has awarded Alex and his team more data as they continue to refine the Honda MotoGP machine for the rookie. The reigning Moto2 World Champion is aiming to make the most of his final day of testing before making his MotoGP debut early next month.

Now just a single day of testing remains before the MotoGP grid returns to Qatar for the opening round of action on March 08.

Marc Marquez

14th 1'55.093

“Today I had a crash at Turn 8 in the change of direction, I’m having to use my legs more with my shoulder still recovering and I pushed a bit too much and lost the front and wasn’t able to save it. Fortunately, I am OK after this. We are trying to find the best way but it is always difficult here in Qatar. At the moment we’re looking at why we are struggling a little bit more here than in Malaysia. Tomorrow we will keep working and also start to look towards the race.”

Alex Marquez

19th 1'55.725

“I was feeling better today physically, and I was able to achieve more than yesterday so I am pleased with how today went compared to yesterday. Towards the end of the day I was lacking a little bit of power but in general it was a better day for us. We still need to work more with the bike, so the final day will be important for us. There’s still a chance to improve before I go in to my first race weekend so this will be the focus.”

MotoGP 2020
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'54.038
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.162
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.226
4 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.443
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.482
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.527
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.574
8 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.624
9 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.702
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.721
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.724
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.814
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.852
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.055
15 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1.156
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.314
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.562
18 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.606
19 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.687
20 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.892
21 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 2.140
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.369

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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

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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)