A tight fight for pole has Marc Marquez lining up in second place for the final round of the year with Lorenzo hunting points from 16th.

The four-kilometer-long Valencia Circuit continued to produce some of the closest sessions of the year with less than 1.5 seconds regularly splitting the top 15. Even with conditions barely in the double figures in the morning, riders pushed hard to secure a top ten spot in FP3. Marquez suffered a harmless crash at Turn 4 with five minutes of Free Practice 4 remaining. He was quickly to his feet and returned to the garage to complete the session on his second bike.

Qualifying saw the 2019 MotoGP World Champion battle for pole and ultimately take second in the session, his 1’30.010 a meagre 0.032s behind pole-setter Fabio Quartararo. But with strong race pace throughout the weekend, Marquez remains confident of challenging for the podium and helping Honda to take the Teams Championship again. Marquez is hunting his 12th win from 19 rounds in 2019.

With a consistent Friday under his belt, Jorge Lorenzo was determined to continue making progress and reduce the gap to the top of the timesheets further. Improving his best lap time of the weekend by half a second in FP3 saw Lorenzo maintain his position in the top 15 as he headed to Q1. A 1’31.295 will see him line up in 16th position for his last MotoGP race. Lorenzo’s objective for Sunday is to help the Repsol Honda Team lift the Teams Championship and complete the 2019 Triple Crown.

To secure the Triple Crown, the Repsol Honda Team must out score the Ducati Team by two or more points in Sunday’s race. The 27-lap Valencia GP is scheduled to start at 14:00 Local Time as lights go out for the final time in 2019.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'30.010

“I’m very happy because I was able to get closer than I was expecting, I didn’t think I could be this close over one lap. With our race pace we’re not very far away, but Quartararo is very strong over one lap. Anyway, I’m happy to be on the front row and our first target is done. We’ll try to start well tomorrow and then see what happens. It will be a tough race as Viñales and Quartararo are very fast but I think we can manage it well.”

Jorge Lorenzo

16th 1'31.295

“Today was more or less what we expected, maybe I could have been a little higher on the grid but those ahead were in the 1'30s. The plan for tomorrow is to make a good start and avoid trouble in the opening laps and then see what my pace will give me at the end of the race. I think we can move forward and maintain a pace that is closer to the leaders than in the previous rounds. It will certainly be an emotional race tomorrow so I hope that I can enjoy it all and importantly help Honda as best I can.”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 19   Valencia

Valencia GP Overall Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
26%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'29.978
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.032
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.108
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.200
5 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.471
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.533
7 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.595
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.617
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.748
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.793
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.930
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.976
13 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1'30.826 Q1
14 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.123
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.146
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.469
17 Kallio Mika 82 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.557
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.681
19 Lecouna Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.832
20 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.888
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.989
22 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.013
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.116s (158.2km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)