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

Marc Marquez 93

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.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

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.

Repsol Honda Team
Grand Prix of Qatar

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

MotoGP 2019, Round 1

Sunny / 21
Friday 8 Mar 2019, 22:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 21°C
  • Humidity: 27%
  • Ground Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'53.380
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.474
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.528
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.673
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.774
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.876
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.895
8 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.940
9 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +0.987
10 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.022
11 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.048
12 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda +1.064
13 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.072
14 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.421
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.652
16 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.668
17 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.673
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.032
19 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia +2.052
20 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.255
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.274
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.057
23 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +3.454