After a busy pre-season in preparation for the 70th Road Racing World Championship season, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are looking forward to kicking off their sixth and 13th MotoGP racing season, respectively, all of which have been raced with the Repsol Honda Team.
Marc will tackle the opening round in Qatar as the defending MotoGP World Champion and Dani will reach the important milestone of 200 starts in the MotoGP class.
The Qatar stop is the only MotoGP race that is held at night, and this will be the 11th time it has been run under the floodlights. The time schedule has undergone some important changes this year, with the event being reduced from four days to the standard three-day period, as it is for the other venues on the calendar. Opening practice begins Friday. Each day’s events have been rescheduled, and on Sunday the anticipation for racing will build, with the MotoGP race running at 7 pm local time instead of 9 pm.
MotoGP FP1 will start at 2.45 pm local time on Friday.
At the Qatar GP
- Marc Marquez has 2 wins (MotoGP: 2014 – Moto2: 2012) and an additional 3 podiums (MotoGP: 3rd in 2013 and 2016 – 125cc: 3rd in 2010)
- Dani Pedrosa has 6 podiums (MotoGP: 2nd in 2012 and 3rd in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014 – 250cc: 2nd in 2004)
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 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)|
|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)|
|2017 Race Winner||Maverick Viñales (Yamaha)|