An early start in Qatar allowed Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo to improve the setup of their respective Honda RC213Vs alongside their lap times.

With information gained from the opening day of the Qatar Test, Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo were amongst the first riders on track for day two. The Losail International Circuit started the evening in a much cleaner condition, allowing for more productivity from earlier in the day.

Within just a handful of laps, Marc Marquez was able to improve his time from the opening day by almost half a second. 57 laps around the 5.38 km Losail International Circuit produced a best time of 1’55.004, placing Marquez fifth overall. The day was not only for testing the Honda RC213V, but also to test Marquez’s shoulder – the reigning champion completing the highest number of laps since his shoulder surgery in December.

Meanwhile, Jorge Lorenzo and his side of the Repsol Honda Team garage continued to adjust the ergonomics of the bike to suit the five-time champion’s body and riding style. It proved to be a busy day for Lorenzo who was still able to complete 44 laps while improving his time by a substantial 1.348 seconds to a 1’55.742.

Just a single day of pre-season testing remains before the 2019 MotoGP™ World Championship begins in Qatar on March 8.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

I’m very happy today because it was my first ‘normal’ day of testing. I did a lot of laps, there was a little pain in the shoulder but it’s manageable. We also made a big step with the setup of the bike, I’m happy overall with my condition and the bike. We’re getting closer and closer at a circuit that’s usually not the best for us and there’s still a day of testing left.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

Today was better than yesterday. We modified the bike to improve my feeling and confidence across the whole circuit. You can see we’ve improved by over one second, the position isn’t much better but we are much closer to the front – this is the most important part. Tomorrow we’re aiming to make another step forward again, especially with corner entry as I think there’s still more to do there.

Repsol Honda Team
Qatar MotoGP™ Official Test

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

MotoGP 2019

Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 21:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'54.593
2 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.057
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.315
4 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.360
5 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.411
6 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +0.580
7 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +0.582
8 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.612
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.654
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.662
11 Joan Mir 36 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.687
12 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.787
13 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.963
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +1.011
15 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.068
16 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.087
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.105
18 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.123
19 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +1.149
20 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +1.358
21 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.681
22 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia +2.273
23 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +2.390
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