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.
Qatar Test Day 2
|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||Esponsorama 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||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.314|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.562|
|18||Lecuona 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|
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)|