The final round of the 2019 WorldSBK season got underway tonight in the state of Qatar, in the spectacular setting that the floodlit Losail international circuit affords.

As the riders hit the track at 5.00 pm for FP1 and then at 8.00 pm for FP2, temperatures hovered around 30 degrees Celsius with track conditions reported to be fine, despite this being only the first day of action at the desert track.

Leon Camier was the 17th fastest rider come the end of the evening and will look to make some changes to his bike set-up tomorrow, while team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari finished in 19th place.

FP3 will commence tomorrow at 3.00 pm local time, followed by Superpole at 5.30 pm and Race1 at 8.00 pm.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

Not the easiest of days today. We made a few changes to the set-up and found something a little bit better, but it’s not yet enough. To be honest, we are closer to the front that we sometimes have been, but we are still in 17th place which is not good. The guys immediately ahead are not so much faster than us, and if we can cut two or three tenths, we’d jump up quite a few places but we need to figure out something in terms of the setting, across all areas really, to achieve that. Track conditions were already pretty good today, and we no problems at all with the grip, so tomorrow we’ll be able to keep working and try something that helps us to take a step forward with the set-up.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

Today we worked quite a lot on our bike set-up between the two sessions and were able to improve in terms of the braking and rear grip, but at the same time we lost something in turning. So the direction is the right one, but tomorrow we must find something of a compromise as we look to improve our lap times.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Qatar Round

Losail International Circuit, Qatar

WorldSBK 2019, Round 13

Night / 31
Thursday 24 Oct 2019, 20:07 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Ground Temp: 34°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing – Ducati Ducati 1'57.449
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.273
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.318
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.579
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.708
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.806
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.854
8 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.010
9 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.054
10 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +1.117
11 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +1.243
12 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.320
13 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati +1.476
14 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.533
15 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.583
16 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki +1.638
17 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +1.670
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +2.716
19 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +3.010
20 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha +4.626