Marquez leads Friday practice with record pace, adapting Lorenzo 11th

Marquez leads Friday practice with record pace, adapting Lorenzo 11th

09.03.2019: Qatar Grand Prix MotoGP 2019 Round 1 Friday, March 8th 2019 A blistering 1’53.380 lap from Marquez saw the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion quickest as new team-mate Lorenzo continued to improve his feeling with the Honda.

Qatar Grand Prix
MotoGP 2019   Round 1
Friday, March 8th 2019




A blistering 1’53.380 lap from Marquez saw the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion quickest as new team-mate Lorenzo continued to improve his feeling with the Honda.


Friday in Qatar marked not only the beginning of the Qatar Grand Prix, but also the eagerly awaited return of the MotoGP™ World Championship after a long winter. With Free Practice 1 taking place during the day and Free Practice 2 running at night, the latter offered conditions most similar to Sunday’s race with 21ºC track and air temperature.


The opening day of practice for the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship saw Marc Marquez fast from his first lap. Concluding Free Practice 1 in third, he and his Honda RC213V produced a stunning 1’53.380 under the lights of Free Practice 2 – three tenths faster than the previous all time lap record.




Jorge Lorenzo’s positive feeling with the Repsol Honda Team RC213V from the Qatar Test continued in Free Practice 1 as the five-time world champion ended the session in second. His 1’55.127 would improve to a 1’54.428 in Free Practice 2 as night fell on the Losail International Circuit.


The pair will join the rest of the MotoGP™ grid in Free Practice 3 at 15:15 local time tomorrow, Saturday March 9 before Qualifying begins at 20:00 local time.   
   
       
   
Marc Marquez  93
1ST  1'53.380



“It was a really positive day! I was focusing a lot to go directly to QP2 and yes, the lap was fast but the most important thing is our rhythm. We still need to work a little bit on this but we’re finding our way and happy with how today ended. Normally we struggle a lot at this circuit but we are there more or less. It’s free practice, Sunday is still the most important part of the weekend.”         

   
       
   
Jorge Lorenzo  99
11TH  1'54.428


“I am very happy today, very confident and comfortable with the bike. We have a lot of potential and working well and I believe we can arrive there. It’s a good sign, as was the ‘morning’, we were very fast but still need to understand the bike a bit more in colder conditions. I have the feeling we can be very competitive with the right setting.”         

   
       
   
Qatar Grand Prix Combined Free Practice Classification




1    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    1'53.380
2    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.474
3    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Alma Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.528
4    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    Mission Winnow Ducati    Ducati    0.673
5    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.774
6    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    Mission Winnow Ducati    Ducati    0.876
7    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.895
8    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.940
9    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    0.987
10    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    1.022
11    LORENZO Jorge     99    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    1.048
12    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    1.064
13    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    LCR Honda    Honda    1.072
14    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    Alma Pramac Racing    Ducati    1.421
15    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    Reale Avintia Racing    Ducati    1.652
16    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    1.668
17    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.673
18    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    2.032
19    IANNONE Andrea     29    ITA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    2.052
20    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    2.255
21    ABRAHAM Karel     17    CZE    Reale Avintia Racing    Ducati    2.274
22    SYAHRIN Hafizh     55    MAL    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    3.057
23    SMITH Bradley     38    GBR    Aprilia Racing Test Team    Aprilia    3.454
   
   
 

   
   
       
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


Circuit 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)
2018 Race Winner    Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)


   
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