Maverick Vinales (12).
Race Lap Record: 1: 54,927, Jorge Lorenzo, 2016
All Time Lap Record: 1: 53,380, Marc Marquez, 2019
FIM MotoGP World Championship
Losail International Circuit, Qatar
March 9, 2019
Qualifying Results (all on Michelin tires):
From Qualifying Session Two:
1. Maverick Vinales, Spain (Yamaha), 1: 53.546
2. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy (Ducati), 1: 53.744
3. Marc Marquez, Spain (Honda), 1: 53.745
4. Jack Miller, Australia (Ducati), 1: 53.809
5. Fabio Quartararo, France (Yamaha), 1
6. Cal Crutchlow, UK (Honda), 1: 54.095
7. Danilo Petrucci, Italy (Ducati), 1: 54.200
8. Franco Morbidelli, Italy (Yamaha), 1: 54.236
9. Takaaki Nakagami, Japan (Honda), 1: 54.239
10. Alex Rins, Spain (Suzuki), 1: 54.257
11. Joan Mir, Spain (Suzuki), 1: 54.390
12. Aleix Espargaro, Spain (Aprilia), 1: 54.917
From Qualifying Session One:
13. Francesco Bagnaia, Italy (Ducati), 1: 54.472
14. Valentino Rossi, Italy (Yamaha), 1: 54.537
15. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain (Honda), 1: 54.563
16. Pol Espargaro, Spain (KTM), 1: 54.740
17. Miguel Oliveira, Portugal (KTM), 1: 55.122
18. Tito Rabat, Spain (Ducati), 1: 55.428
19. Andrea Iannone, Italy (Aprilia), 1: 55.464
20. Karel Abraham, Czech Republic (Ducati), 1: 55.642
21. Johann Zarco, France (KTM), 1: 55.797
22. Hafizh Syahrin, Malaysia (KTM), 1: 55.937
23. Bradley Smith, UK (Aprilia), 1: 56.036
Red Bull KTM Tech3:
Oliveira conquers sixth row for MotoGP debut, Syahrinlands P12 in Q1
In The course of a windy and intense Saturday, Red Bull KTM Tech3's Miguel Oliveira improved with every session. MotoGP race from the sixth row of the grid tomorrow.
On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin lowered his lap time too. In qualifying, he added on to the KTM RC16 and eventually finished in P12, 0.815 seconds behind his teammate. Yet, the Malaysian wants to line up in row eight when the lights turn off for one round tomorrow at 20.00 local time (18.00 CET).
Time: 1: 55.122
"I thought I could not do a bit better lap time, than I did in qualifying, I do not know about the position, but at the last exit there was a bit of confusion with the riders in front and I could not really make a clean lap. I'm a bit disappointed for that, but at the other hand happy for the sixth row. I think it's a good place to start our first race and get closer to our target, which is to finish in the points. We want to see. "
Time: 1: 55.937
" I what can I improve my time, but not my position. We made a small step, but we need to find a good rhythm for the race pace. I do not know which tire to use for the race, I try to make it out, but it is not easy and I want to keep it up. Let's see what we can do and how we can improve on the bike and myself. Aprilia Gresini Racing:
ALEIX GOES STRAIGHT THROUGH TO Q2 AND WILL START FROM THE FOURTH ROW.
ANDREA ON THE SEVENTH ROW BUT CONFIDENT WITH RACE PACE
BRADLEY SMITH AND THE TEST TEAM AT WORK FOR DEVELOPMENT, EVEN IN THE RACE, OF THE RS-GP
With the valiant Aleks Espargaró went straight through the Q2 session. And so, in FP3, which actually had no bearing on the grid, and in FP4, Aleix worked on distance, managing to find a good pace for the race.
Once in the qualifiers, he was unable RS-GP just when he had put on the second tire for the decisive session. He finished 12th with a time of 1'54.917 and tomorrow he'll start from the fourth row.
The weather conditions in FP3 Completed Iannone's task on moving to the grid. In fact, none of the riders managed to improve on their times from yesterday and Andrea was forced to go through Q1.
Bradley Smith, with the third Aprilia, continued his development program of the Italian V4 and the race tomorrow wants to be important 2019 RS-GP.
ALEIX ESPARGARO '
"The track conditions during the qualifiers were truly treacherous due to the wind combined with the asphalt temperature a situation we really need to think hard about because it is dangerous dangerous On my flying lap, with the second tire, I lost the front twice, it was my mistake, but with the medium on the front, which is the tire that Now I need to think about the race I think we'll be able to do it to battle for a spot in the top ten, but if the conditions are like they were today, it wil l be a difficult race for everyone. "
" The conditions would be rather difficult today at the time when the race wants to be a lot of wind and low temperatures. If it is like this tomorrow, it will not be easy for anyone. The qualifiers did not remarkably well, but I'm definitely in better shape with used tires. From the tenth lap on, I'll start to feel better, on new tires, I am unable to take full advantage of the RS-GP. It is a behavior that we are trying to understand. I'm not worried. I am focused and focused on the job we need to do.
Alma Pramac Racing:
#QatarGP Qualification – Great job Jack! P4 and First Independent rider Pecco (13th) is one step away from the Q2.
After an exciting qualifying session, Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia want to start respectively from the second and fifth row on the grid of the Qatar Grand Prix, first round of the 2019 MotoGp season.
Here are some of the high lights of Saturday's qualifying at the Losail International Circuit in Doha.
P2 Bagnaia (1'54.740) – Pecco pushes hard and gets the second lap-time, Marquez, but his chrono is not enough to hit the Q2.
P11 Miller (1'55.766) – With the third place on Friday, Jack is virtually in Q2 and so is due to the strong wind, he prefers to work exclusively on the race pace.
P4 Miller (1'55.092) –
P16 Bagnaia (1'56.077) – Pecco that, unlike most of the
P3 Bagnaia (1'54.472) – After the first run, Pecco is third, 1 tenth of a second from the qualification , Q2
P4 Jack (1 ') In the last lap of the second run, the Q2
53.809) – After a first "tactical" run, Jack sets the second-fastest time in the first lap of the second time attack and then he crashes at turn 2 and has no chance to improve. In the last seconds, Marquez takes his third place for 64 thousandths of a second. P13 – Pecco Bagnaia
"P13 – Pecco Bagnaia
" I made a mistake at turn 12 and missed Q2 by a very short while I'm staying in the Top 10 is possible. "
My FP4 with used tires was good.
P4 – Jack Miller
I'm sure I could not finish the second lap Suzuki ECSTAR:
RINS AND MIR TO START FROM FOURTH ROW IN 2019 DEBUT
Alex Rins: 10th – 1: 54.257 (+ 0.711)
Joan Mir: 11th – 1: 54.390 (+ 0.844)
• Alex Rins st ruggles after two crashes at Turn 2.
• Joan Mir wants to make his MotoGP debut from 11th on the grid.
• Team SUZUKI ECSTAR ready to start new season despite hoping for more.
A challenging second day at Losail International Circuit saw struggles for Alex Rins and Joan Mir. But, after the solid work put on Friday, both riders secured direct passage to the Q2 session. This was especially true given the lap times have been among the field, and the deterioration of track conditions in the evening. After the Q2 session, the pair wants to start from 10th and 11th respectively on the grid tomorrow.
Throughout FP3 and FP4, Rin's focused his efforts on trying to improve his feeling with the bike following grip issues yesterday. His turn was hampered after two small crashes at Turn 2 – a corner which saw many riders loose the front – but the Spaniard still managed to secure 10th spot on the grid when it came to Q2.
I had a more straight forward day, and continued finding his feet. 11th place during a tricky Q2 session. He wants to make his debut from the 4th row.
Davide Brivio – Team Manager
"We expected a bit more from this qualifying session, but the conditions were very difficult. Alex wants to start in 10th, and he wants to make the race a bit more difficult at the beginning, but I think he can say good race pace and feel comfortable. Joan did well to get straight to Q2 with Alex and he's 11th – which is great for a first race. We've seen him progress. We are looking forward to tomorrow. "
" Today was a bit hard for me, I had two crashes – one in FP3 and one in FP4 – so it was hard to start Q2 with a clear mind, and the track conditions did not help me. Anyway, I was able to improve my lap time even when riding alone. We'll focus on tomorrow's race, I feel that I have an incredible race pace and strong rhythm with a used tire. "
" Qualifying was difficult because I could not find the right feeling to push hard, and I expected a bit more in FP4. But it's the first MotoGP qualifying session of my career, and it's not a bad position to start in tomorrow. Winnow Ducati:
Qatar GP: first -row start for Dovizioso, 2nd in qualifying at Losail. Petrucci in third row (7th)
The Winnow Ducati team resumed action today at the Losail circuit in Qatar, home of the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship. After completing FP3, which granted them access to Q2, the riders took advantage of FP4 to prepare for the race then focused on a flying lap in the decisive qualifying session.
Andrea Dovizioso proved once again his progress on the Qatari track, where he took the last year, to post a 1: 53.744 that granted him second position on the grid. Danilo Petrucci, who has shown a promising pace during FP4, seized seventh position with a 1: 54,200.
Andrea Dovizioso (# 04 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1: 53.744 (2nd)
"I'm very happy because we manage to improve significantly over the weekend a few doubts, but we stayed calm and focused, so we did a good lap, which was not perfect, so That's right, the lap times do not necessarily show how the race is unfolded, I'm really happy to start from first row. "
Danilo Petrucci (# 9 Mission Winnow Ducati) – 1: 54,200 (7º)
" Looking at the positives, we've been almost in FP4 and that gives me confidence. "Our target, however, what to qualify in the first two rows and unfortunately we missed it, even if by a really small margin. I could not ride as fast as I would have liked, and that gives us a bit of extra motivation ahead of the race. It's going to be a good start but I'm quite confident given our pace.
The Mission Winnow Ducati team wants to resume action tomorrow at 15:40 local time (CET +2) for a warm-up session ahead of the race, which is scheduled to start at 20:00.
More from: Repsol Honda:
Marquez opens 2019 with front row for Qatar GP, bruised Lorenzo fights to 15th
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 The start of the Repsol Honda team as Jorge Lorenzo crashed heavily at turn 6, followed by Marc Marquez who lost the front at turn 14. Marquez returned to the wind-hit track 1'54.677.
After a medical check, Jorge Lorenzo 4. Gusty winds remained for Free Practice 4 and qualifying, the track reaching just 18ºC. Marc Marquez was forced to remorse his second case of the day, coming off at Turn 6.
Jorge Lorenzo pushed away from the crowd in Q1 to a 1'54.563, unfortunately unable to improve his time after joining a Lorenzo's time wants to see him start the Qatar Grand Prix from 15th on the grid. Two heavy falls Lorenzo with pain in his back, arms and legs, the five-time world champion hoping to be as free as possible for tomorrow's race.
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.
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.
It's one of the circuits where we always 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 is incredibly cold and windy, if it's like this tomorrow we need to survive. Yesterday I felt really tough with the bike but today it was tough and it was so easy to crash and we had to limit the risks. Tomorrow we want to see what happens, the temperature could change a lot. "
" I have some pain in my back and I need to rest and see how I wake up tomorrow. It has not been a great day today, very unlucky with the first crash. There was a lot of pain. Then in qualifying I crashed because it was too cold, it was not good day for us. Monster Energy Yamaha:
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP TO START QATAR GP FROM POLE
Losail (Qatar), 9th March 2019
GRAND PRIX OF QATAR
The second day at the Losail International Circuit yielded mixed results for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP garage. Maverick Viñales is wearing his speedily flawlessly in the Q2 session, putting his YZR-M1 on pole. Valentino Rossi gave his all but what to Q2.
20:00 LOCAL TIME GMT + 3 AIR 17 ° C / TRACK 16 ° C HUMIDITY 62% NIGHT CLEAR
During the Q1 session, the 14th place is on the grid. MAVERICK VIÑALES
1'53.546 / 7 LAPS
1'54.537 / 7 LAPS
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales wants to start the first race of the season in the best way possible: from pole position. Despite the wind and the cold conditions at the Losail International Circuit, Valentino Rossi put on a solid performance in Q2. He wants to start the VisitQatar Grand Prix from P14.
Viñales waited at the start of the Q2 session. The strategy worked out perfectly for him. He positioned his YZR-M1 firmly in the lead after his first try, with a 0.741s advantage over his closest rival. He showed it wasn'ta lucky shot when he posted another, slightly higher, 1'53s, though his benchmark time remained unthreatened in the first half of the session.
He timed his ultra-quick pit stop to perfection to leave the track on his own back with five-and-a-half minutes left on the clock. The pace was heating up, with multiple rivals flashing red sectors, but the Spaniard responded. He found another 0.298s, posting a 1'53.546s.
Rossi was not able to improve his FP1 time during the FP3 session, due to the windy and relative colder conditions at the Losail International Circuit, which meant to take part in Q1. The veteran was quick to head out for the 15-minute shoot-out but had to sit up on his first hot lap due to traffic on track. After he found a clear space, he resumed his mission and moved up from 11th to 7th place.
With more than six minutes to go, the Italian headed into a fresh set of tires for his second run. He briefly secured fifth place before being pushed back to sixth. He had one more try and he made it count. He improved his time by 0.290s to a 1'54.537s, to take fourth place, 0.267s from the fastest time of the Q1 session. He wants to start tomorrow's race from 14th position on the grid.
"First of all, I want to congratulate Maverick." Taking pole in today's qualifying, which was quite tricky due to the track conditions, is a great result. It's not just his start. P1 start that gives us confidence – his pace is very strong, so we look forward to him being a front-runner tomorrow We have to make the time for the warm-up to the fullest, even if the conditions will be better than they'll be during the race. "
MAVERICK VIÑALES  "I was surprised." I did not expect that good steps forward with the bike, but we need to keep working, because we still need to improve the exit of the last corner. If we can do that, we are ready to fight for this race. I want to push my hardest tomorrow, no fear, I want to go for it. I'm able to hit good lap times and I'm almost straight away. I want to give my all. The team prepared a really good bike for me, so now it's in my hands to push and be at the front. I think it wants to be at the front in the first laps. Let's see at the end of the race. I want to plan tonight what I can do, but my first plan is just to do my best. "
" It's difficult because we are in trouble. I'm not fast because I do not have a good feeling with the front, and so we have a lot of tire degradation. Honda Idemitsu:
THIRD ROW FOR IMPRESSIVE TAKA IN QATAR
For the race this will be hard as we need to find a way to be stronger. "
] LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider Takaaki Nakagami wants to start qualifying Qatar's Grand Prix from the third row of the grid after qualifying on Saturday's qualifying session The 27-year-old again underlined his potential ahead of the first race of the 2019 calendar
As expected, despite finishing fifth in FP3, conditions ensured Taka was unable to improve his time and break into the top Honda teammate Cal Crutchlow secured the top two spots in Q1 with the Japanese talent qualifying in ninth place for the season's curtain raiser.
 Takaaki Nakagami – 9th [1 9459003]
(1'54.239 – lap 3 of 7)
"It was a really good day, even FP3 was good and then in FP4. I knew that Q1 would be tough because Cal (Crutchlow), Valentino (Rossi) and (Jorge) Lorenzo were there, so I tried to make a really strong mentality from the beginning. We were really close to Q2 anyway, but the Q2 session was another good story. "
Although it's difficult to maintain a good position (in Q2) first tire. I know that I am trying to improve my end time, but unfortunately in the last few minutes I made a small mistake and I had no chance to improve my lap time. But P9 is still good, it's my best qualifying position and I'm really looking forward to the race and wanting to thank my team. "
More from a press release issued by PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team:  Sensational qualifying for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders in Qatar
Fantastic Fabio Quartaro finishes fifth with Ferrari's Yamaha SRT five-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
CLEAR SKY | AIR 17ºC | TRACK 16ºC | HUMIDITY 62%
Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli carry their positive form into qualifying practice for the Qatar GP, securing second and third row starts respectively for tomorrow night's opening race of the MotoGP season. It was a special Saturday night at Losail for PETRONAS Yamaha SRT, because of the outstanding performance of none other than five-time Formula 1 World champion Lewis Hamilton, who keenly followed each movement and technical instruction from inside the team box. 19659010] Both PETRONAS Yamaha SRT riders went into FP3 to qualify for the provisional Q2 positions they earned on Friday.
Before MotoGP qualifying got underway, the Team Lewis Hamilton, who was delighted to meet the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team riders. The three PETRONAS motorsport stars were able to exchange their views and thoughts on racing, as well as swapping helmets. The British driver then spent the remainder of the evening as a keen spectator within the garage team, urging on Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo on track.
The decisive Q2 session saw the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT pair secure standout results, with Quartararo qualifying fifth fastest for his MotoGP debut thanks to a best time of 1'53.946 – set on his sixth of seven laps. Morbidelli, meanwhile, wants to start from the third row in eighth place after setting a lap of the session, giving him a strong chance tomorrow night.
The next appointment for the MotoGP riders will be the Warm-Up at 3.40pm local time, with the first race of the season due to start at 8.00pm, when an historic dream finally comes true for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team.
# 21 Franco Morbidelli
"Q2 was a good session for me, it was important to get to the front three rows of the grid I feel comfortable in the setting of the bike I feel comfortable, so we'll see tomorrow See what happens from there.
It was an amazing experience to spend some time in t he box with such incredible Formula 1 World Champion as Lewis Hamilton. It is wonderful to see how humble and what a great person he is.
# 20 Fabio Quartararo
"I felt really good in Q2, I was clearly on the run on my second run. I am really happy to have lapped inside 1'54 and I hope I can be in the fight tomorrow. Our race pace is very good and almost lap too, so I am very satisfied with the job we have done so far.
I am. The race is going to be fast, because the riders at the front have a very strong pace and they are really quick, but I will try to stick with them and finish the race, which is very important really happy to have met a person who has been my idol in Formula One for years, and especially to be able to swap helmets with him. I would love to make it to F1 Grand Prix, I'm a big fan of the series and I try not to miss a single race. Lewis Hamilton is a great driver, I am sure I would love it on a motorcycle too. I wish him the best of luck for his season. "
" It's been an awesome evening. I love watching MotoGP. I just have pure admiration for the riders and what they are able to do with these bikes. I'm really grateful to PETRONAS for their first race. "
Red Bull KTM:
RED BULL KTM NEGOTIATE TRICKY AND COLD QATAR GRAND PRIX QUALIFICATION  MotoGP 2019 Round 1 of 19 Losail International Circuit (QAT)
Red Bull KTM's pole Espargaro and Johann Zarco will sit on the 16th and 21st respectively on the very first MotoGP grid of Q1 at a windy and cold Losail International Circuit for the VisitQatar Grand Prix.Espargaro was 1.2 seconds away from the Pole.Position time set by Maverick Viñales.
Strong winds marked the second day of the VisitQatar Grand Prix for the first round of nineteen in 2019 MotoGP KTM duo improved on their best lap-times from Friday – the first three sessions of the Free-Practice-Session in the last hours of the afternoon schedule – Q1 chrono at the fast and dusty (and signifi cantly cooler) Losail International Circuit.
Espargaro fixed the braking issue that bothered his run in FP2 on Friday and completed seven laps in Q1; setting his fastest effort of the weekend (and at Losail with the RC16) with a 1min 54.7. Pol was less than a second from Q2. KTM RC16 on the eve of his race debut with the motorcycle. The Frenchman tried to push for two rapid lap attempts but was one of six riders to fall foul of the left-hander.
The Red Bull KTM Tech3 crew Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin were also in the Q1 mix. 22nd place.
The 22 lap MotoGP race will get underway at 18.00 CET tomorrow night.
The 22 lap MotoGP race will get underway at 18.00 CET tomorrow night.
Pol Espargaro: "Tricky today but we got back to our normal rhythm. This morning went well and we were third, and then we did not have any more. Then I think we have gone for Q2 but a super-high level. We were just 0.4 away. I know our race pace is better than one lap. I’m quite positive and looking forward to tomorrow.”
Johann Zarco: “I have to cross my fingers that we have better temperatures tomorrow or it will be quite difficult for me and I’ll have to be careful. I don't have a solution at the moment. So I just need to clear my mind this evening, get focused for the race and make a good start and be happy on the bike tomorrow. Normally it is a situation of keeping smooth to not overheat the tyres but at the moment it is the opposite and it is a weak point.”
Miguel Oliveira: “I thought I could do a little bit better lap time than I did in Qualifying. At the last exit there was quite a bit of confusion with the riders in front and I could not really push to make a clean lap. I’m a bit disappointed but on the other hand happy for the sixth row. I think it’s a good place to start our first race and to get near our target, which is to finish in the points.”
Hafizh Syahrin: “I was able to improve my time but not my position. We made a small step but we need to find a good rhythm for race pace. Let’s see what we can do and how we can maybe further improve on the bike. I want to enjoy the race and try to learn as much as possible.”
Moto2 & Moto3
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder was less than half a second from the Pole Position effort made by Marcel Schrotter in the Moto2 class. The South African will sit in the middle of the third row with his 8th fastest time from the Q2 session. Teammate Jorge Martin is 11th after falling without injury on Turn 2. In Moto3 Aron Canet sealed the first pole position of the season on his KTM RC 250 GP. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Can Öncü went through to the Q2 session in the first edition of the new qualification system and rested in 17th place for his debut as a full-time member of the Grand Prix pack.
Races: March 10, 2019 – Moto3 15.00 | Moto2 16.20 | MotoGP 18.00 CET
Results Qualifying MotoGP Losail 2019
1. Maverick Viñales (ESP), Yamaha 1:53.546
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA), Ducati +0.198
3. Marc Marquez (ESP), Honda +0.199
4. Jack Miller (AUS), Ducati +0.263
5. Fabio Quartararo (FRA), Yamaha +0.400
16. Pol Espargaro (ESP), Red Bull KTM +0.562
17. Miguel Oliveira (POR), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +1.565
21. Johann Zarco (FRA), Red Bull KTM +1.508
22. Hafizh Syarin (MYS), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +2.163
Results Qualifying Moto2 Losail 2019
1. Marcel Schrotter (GER) Kalex 1:58.585
2. Xavi Vierge (ESP) Kalex +0.146
3. Lorenzo Baldassarri (ITA) +0.199
8. Brad Binder (RSA) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.453
11. Jorge Martin (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.693
Results Qualifying Moto3 Losail 2019
1. Aron Canet (ESP) KTM 2:05.883
2. Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA) Honda +0.197
3. Kaito Toba (JPN) Honda +0.226
18. Can Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo +1.755
More, from a press release issued by LCR Honda Castrol:
SUPERB CRUTCHLOW ON SECOND ROW IN QATAR
Cal Crutchlow underlined his class in qualifying for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix as he came through to secure a spot on the second row of the grid. Having fought back from serious injury at the end of last year, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider was off the pace on Friday as practice got underway in Doha. However, he responded superbly on Saturday as he claimed sixth position for tomorrow’s race at the Losail International Circuit.
As expected, having failed to finish in the top 10 on Friday, Crutchlow was forced to compete in Q1 alongside the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi as FP3 failed to offer riders the chance to improve their times. But the Briton proved head and shoulders above his rivals as he took top spot to move through to Q2 and, after going sixth fastest, is now well-positioned to challenge in Sunday’s showpiece.
Cal Crutchlow – 6th
(1’54.095 – lap 7 of 7)
“Today was a good day, we’re pleased to qualify in the front two rows for Sunday’s race. The whole LCR CASTROL Honda team has done a good job all weekend to work on the bike. I didn’t feel great yesterday in FP1, but in FP3 and FP4 we think we’ve improved the setting of the bike which is good. Now we just need to improve some small details for tomorrow”.
“I’m looking forward to a good race tomorrow. I think the pace will be fast but, as they were in qualifying, I think the track conditions could be tricky. We’re pleased to have been able to make a good job and now hopefully, as riders and fans, we can all look forward to great MotoGP race for the opener of the 2019 season tomorrow.”
More, from a press release issued by Dorna:
Battle ready: Viñales lights up Losail for pole
Spaniard leads Dovizioso and Marquez as Yamaha, Ducati and Honda get ready for a showdown
Saturday, 09 March 2019
Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) has taken the first MotoGP™ pole position of the 2019 season at the VisitQatar Grand Prix, a 1:53.546 enough to give him a little breathing space ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who join him on the front row of the grid. Viñales was two tenths clear, but the gap between Dovizioso and Marquez was an infinitesimal and mouth-watering 0.001. Three previous winners and three different manufacturers on the front row, the first qualifying session of the season sets a stunning scene for Sunday.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) impressed early as the rookie initially shot to the top of the times, only to be beaten almost immediately by Q1 graduate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu). That's when Viñales struck, storming to the summit with a lap that was 0.741 quicker than anyone else. Quartararo and Nakagami exchanged second fastest laps to leave the Japanese rider 0.395 off as the field headed in for a change of tyres, but it was soon about to change.
Viñales led the troops back out for their second runs and the goalposts were moved once more. Three more tenths were shaved off his best time, with Miller then slotting into P2 and just 0.2 off. The Australian crashed at Turn 2 soon after though, ending his hopes of pole and leaving his time under threat. Dovizioso needed no second invitation, making a move into second place soon after. The Italian looked set to challenge Viñales again as he went over a tenth under after the first split, but the lap was gone by the second sector; his qualifying effort over.
Attention then turned to Marquez, who was on the tail of Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati Team) as neither sat on the provisional front row with little time left. Tactics on point, the reigning World Champion was able to snatch P3 from Miller. Encouraged by the front row at a difficult track, the number 93 is ready to fight it out on Sunday.
Miller therefore heads up the second row as top Independent, but it was a pretty close challenge from Quartararo by the end of the session. The French rookie retained his stunning pace so far and lines up fifth, just a tenth and a half off the Aussie. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) completes an all-Independent second row, with plenty of honour – and points – up for grabs for each.
Petrucci starts seventh and, after outpacing teammate Dovizioso for much of testing, will be gunning to move forward on race day and battle for his first victory. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) is P8, with Nakagami eventually knocked down to ninth. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completes the top ten and was a crasher on Saturday – another who'll be looking for much more once the lights go out. Rookie teammate Joan Mir is right behind him.
Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) is P12, ahead of rookie Francesco Bagnaia (Alma Pramac Racing). Then come two big surprises: Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in P14 after a tough day and Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) in P15. Lorenzo suffered two crashes, but is fit to race.
Can Rossi and Lorenzo fight through the pack? Will the front row starters become the battle for the win? Can the likes of Petrucci and Rins push forward? And which of the rookies will win the battle for top honours once we're racing?
Find out from 20:00 (GMT +3) on Sunday for the first Grand Prix of the season.
The top three in the premier class L-R: Dovizioso, Viñales, Marquez
Schrötter strikes for first career pole in Qatar
German over a tenth clear of Vierge to take the opening pole position of 2019
Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP) is set to start the VisitQatar Grand Prix from his first ever pole position, setting a best time of 1:58.585 to beat Xavi Vierge (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) by 0.146, with Free Practice’s fastest man Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) completing the front row.
It was the first time the intermediate class had taken part in a Q1, Q2 format qualifying and it was Schrötter who set the early pace before creating his own first. Pole set on his sixth flier, he ended the session 0.146 ahead of Vierge, with Baldassarri jumping up the timesheets in the latter stages to grab a front row start – just 0.199 from pole.
After progressing from Q1, Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) put in a good shift in Q2 to head the second row in fourth, although it could have been better if not for the Italian crashing at Turn 2 with just over two minutes to go. Gardner starts fifth, ahead of Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) in sixth, 0.260 from pole.
Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) will line up seventh on his first start since returning to the Moto2™ class, the Swiss rider 0.419 off his teammate's pole lap, with Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) joining him on the third row in P8. Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) will lineup ninth for the opening race of the year, with fellow Spaniard Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) completing the top ten.
Reigning Moto3™ World Champion Jorge Martin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed during FP2, rider ok, and he starts P11 as the leading rookie.
A cracking qualifying in Qatar sets us up nicely for the first Moto2™ race of the new Triumph era. Who will take victory? Find out when the intermediate class go racing at 18:20 local time (GMT+3) on Sunday.
Canet storms to opening Moto3™ pole
Two tenths clear of the rest in a manic debut Q2, the Spaniard stayed in his Friday form
Sterilgarda Max Racing’s Aron Canet clinched the first Moto3™ pole position of the season in impressive fashion at the VisitQatar Grand Prix, the only man the go beneath the 2:06 barrier and eventually finishing just under two tenths clear of the chasing pack with a 2:05.883. The front row is completed by two men starting from there for the first time: Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) in second, although he was on the podium at Losail last season, and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) in third.
John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) starts from fourth and could be one to watch as a former podium finisher at the venue too, impressing in the first ever Moto3™ Q2 despite coming through Q1. SIC58 Squadra Corse’s Nicollo Antonelli, who starts fifth, is another with a top record as the Italian won in 2016. He recovered from a crash at Turn 10 with seven minutes left on the clock in Q2.
Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) will sit on the outside of the second row of the grid, ahead of Italy’s Tony Arbolino (Snipers Team) and Sky Racing Team VR46's Celestino Vietti after he became the first man to top a Moto3™ Q1 session. Reale Avintia Arizona 77’s Vicente Perez ended the session ninth quickest, just three thousandths of a second ahead of reigning Junior Moto3™ World Champion Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team).
A hugely frustrated Romano Fenati (Snipers Racing) had to settle for eleventh on the grid after not leaving pitlane for his last attempt at taking pole position until there was exactly two minutes remaining, meaning the chequered flag came out before he could start a final flying lap. Can he fight back through in the race? Find out from 17:00 (GMT +3) on Sunday.