Both Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo leave Qatar pleased with progress made ahead of round one, finishing the test in fourth and sixth respectively.

Incredibly high winds were waiting as the Repsol Honda Team arrived at the Losail International Circuit for the final day of pre-season testing. This delayed Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo slightly as the track opened, but both riders were able to make up the lost time during their remaining time on track. Temperature fell during the night, causing a spate of late crashes.

When the wind did drop, riders began to fly. Marc Marquez led the charge and set a succession of quick laps, settling on a 1’54.613 before the end of his run. A fall at Turn 6 with two hours remaining did little to dent his confidence and he soon returned to running. With 144 laps completed, Marquez’s time of 1’54.613 saw him end the Qatar Test in fourth.

Jorge Lorenzo remained focused on steadily improving his feeling and pace with the Honda RC213V, again bettering his lap time from the previous day. A 1’54.653 late in the test showed clear progress for the pairing. Despite a fall at Turn 2, Lorenzo ended the test in sixth after 115 laps.

The Repsol Honda Team now return to their respective homes before travelling back to Qatar, ready for Free Practice 1 of the Qatar GP on Friday, March 8 and the opening race on Sunday, March 10 under the floodlights.

Marc Marquez

4th 1'54.613

“I feel ready today, ready to start the season. Like yesterday we did a lot of laps, worked well and made some more steps. We’re still not 100% but we have a good feeling. Qatar is a track where normally we struggle, but at this test we are there with everyone else. It was a bit difficult with the wind and the temperature on track tonight but we still did what we needed to.”

Jorge Lorenzo

6th 1'54.653

“We started the test not adjusting the setting. When we started to work on the setting we were able to improve the bike and our speed. I could ride the bike better, we improved things a little here and a little there and made a big step to be competitive already. We’re very satisfied, the potential is certainly there and it is just my third day as an official Honda rider because before I wasn’t fully fit. When I’m fit and riding better, we can be even stronger.”

MotoGP 2019
Testing   Qatar

Qatar Test Day Three Combined

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.208
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.233
3 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.385
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.405
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.443
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.445
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.452
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.562
9 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.581
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.610
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.643
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.789
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.866
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.965
15 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.997
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.021
17 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1.039
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.135
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.508
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.565
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.743
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.864
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2.163
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

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

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)