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

Marc Marquez 93

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.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

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.

Repsol Honda Team
Grand Prix of Qatar

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

MotoGP 2019, Round 1

Night / 17
Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 21:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 17°C
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Ground Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha 1'53.546
2 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.198
3 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.199
4 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.263
5 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.400
6 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.549
7 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.654
8 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.690
9 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.693
10 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.711
11 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.844
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.371
13 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.202
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.267
15 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.293
16 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.470
17 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.852
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.158
19 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.194
20 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.372
21 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.527
22 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.667
23 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +1.766
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 Gresini 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 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 Gresini 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