Just a few weeks after the Sepang Test, the MotoGP™ World Championship arrived in Qatar for the final pre-season test of 2019.

It was a quiet start to proceedings at the Losail International Circuit as teams and riders waited for night to fall. Conditions improved steadily over the course of the opening evening, track temperature sitting steadily around 23°C until late in the night.

Marc Marquez was amongst the first riders to venture out on track as the sun set and the floodlights were switched on. His initial shake down run produced a 1’57.487, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion eventually improving to a 1’56.167 to end the opening day of testing in tenth. Marquez suffered a harmless fall at the final corner.

Saturday at the Qatar Test marked Jorge Lorenzo’s on track debut in full the Repsol Honda Team livery. Like his teammate, Lorenzo waited until the sun had set to head out on track and reacquaint himself with the Honda RC213V.  For Lorenzo, the opening day was about assessing his still-healing scaphoid and understanding the changes made to the 2019 bike. A 1’57.090 saw him end 21st fastest.

Testing continues on Sunday February 24 at 16:00 local time when Marquez and Lorenzo will continue their development work.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

Honestly today I’m happy with my physical condition compared to Malaysia, we’ve improved a lot. The power is there and I can ride more like myself now. Also, we still have two weeks until the first race and this is the focus. During the night the track got better but we need to keep trying to be closer to the other riders. Now we’ll go analyse everything because during the test here there is not much time.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

The wrist is OK, obviously I’m struggling under braking but I am able to understand the bike. Time is the big limit, we only have maybe three hours each day because after nine the temperature drops a lot and it’s hard to learn when it’s like this. We didn’t try too many changes on the bike and focused mostly on the ergonomics. Tomorrow we will be closer, it’s still the first day.

Repsol Honda Team
Qatar MotoGP™ Official Test

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

MotoGP 2019

Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 21:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'55.051
2 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.108
3 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.499
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.543
5 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.553
6 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.643
7 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.721
8 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.892
9 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.989
10 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.116
11 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.213
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.307
13 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.396
14 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +1.460
15 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.687
16 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.719
17 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.840
18 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.870
19 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.881
20 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.002
21 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.039
22 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +2.086
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.408