Marquez opens 2019 with front row for Qatar GP, bruised Lorenzo fights to 15th

Marquez opens 2019 with front row for Qatar GP, bruised Lorenzo fights to 15th

09.03.2019: Qatar Grand Prix MotoGP 2019 Round 1 Marc Marquez overcame cold conditions in Qatar to secure a spot on the front row as Jorge Lorenzo battles through the pain barrier for 15th.

Qatar Grand Prix
MotoGP 2019   Round 1




Marc Marquez overcame cold conditions in Qatar to secure a spot on the front row as Jorge Lorenzo battles through the pain barrier for 15th.



Free Practice 3 did not get off to an ideal start for the Repsol Honda Team as Jorge Lorenzo crashed heavily at Turn 6, shortly followed by Marc Marquez who lost the front at Turn 14. Both fortunately avoided any serious injuries, Marquez returning to the wind-hit track to lead the session with a 1’54.677.


After a medical check, Jorge Lorenzo was deemed fit and returned to ride in Free Practice 4. Gusty winds remained for Free Practice 4 and Qualifying, the track reaching just 18ºC. Marc Marquez would suffer his second fall of the day, coming off at Turn 6 early in session and quickly remounting.


Jorge Lorenzo pushed from the off in Q1 to set a 1’54.563, unfortunately unable to improve his time after joining a number of riders in falling at Turn 2. Lorenzo’s time will see him start the Qatar Grand Prix from 15th on the grid.  Two heavy falls left Lorenzo with pain in his back, arms and legs, the five-time world champion hoping to be as pain free as possible for tomorrow’s race.


Q2 started with the track temperature a mere 16ºC, Marquez taking a cautious approach for his opening run. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion left his charge in Q2 late, setting a 1’53.745 to secure a front row birth for the opening race of the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship.


Action begins at the Losail International Circuit with Warm Up at 15:40 local time with the lights going out at 20:00 local time and the 2019 MotoGP World Championship officially back underway.   
   
       
   


Marc Marquez  93
3RD  1'53.745


“It’s one of the circuits where we usually struggle so I had to work on the strategy to get a front row. This was the target and I am happy to have achieved it. Especially today where it was incredibly cold and windy, if it’s like this tomorrow we need to survive. Yesterday I felt really strong with the bike but today it was tougher and it was so easy to crash and we had to limit the risks. Tomorrow we will see what happens, the temperature could change a lot.”         

   


       
   
Jorge Lorenzo  99
15TH  1'54.563


“I have some pain in my back and I need to rest and then see how I wake up tomorrow. It hasn’t been a great day today, very unlucky with the first crash. There were a combination of factors that made me have a very nasty crash which has created a lot of pain. Then in qualifying I crashed because it was too cold, it wasn’t a good day for us. It will be a race of survival, especially for me with my experience with the bike and also my pain.”         

   
       
   

Qatar Grand Prix Qualifications



1    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    1'53.546
2    DOVIZIOSO Andrea     4    ITA    Mission Winnow Ducati    Ducati    0.198
3    MARQUEZ Marc     93    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.199
4    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    Alma Pramac Racing    Ducati    0.263
5    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.400
6    CRUTCHLOW Cal     35    GBR    LCR Honda    Honda    0.549
7    PETRUCCI Danilo     9    ITA    Mission Winnow Ducati    Ducati    0.654
8    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha    0.690
9    NAKAGAMI Takaaki     30    JPN    LCR Honda    Honda    0.693
10    RINS Alex     42    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.711
11    MIR Joan     36    SPA    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki    0.844
12    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    1.371
13    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    Alma Pramac Racing    Ducati    1'54.472 Q1
14    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha    0.267
15    LORENZO Jorge     99    SPA    Repsol Honda Team    Honda    0.293
16    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    0.470
17    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    0.852
18    RABAT Tito     53    SPA    Reale Avintia Racing    Ducati    1.158
19    IANNONE Andrea     29    ITA    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia    1.194
20    ABRAHAM Karel     17    CZE    Reale Avintia Racing    Ducati    1.372
21    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1.527
22    SYAHRIN Hafizh     55    MAL    Red Bull KTM Tech 3    KTM    1.667
23    SMITH Bradley     38    GBR    Aprilia Racing Test Team    Aprilia    1.766
   
   
   

   
   
       
   
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)
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar – 
   
   
   
   

     


     


   
     
 
 Repsol Honda Team – MotoGP also photos

   

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