march 11, 2019 - Honda Racing

MotoGP - Honda Racing - 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 #jorgelorenzo battles through the pain barrier for 15th.

Free Practice 3 did not get off to an ideal start for the Repsol #honda Team as #jorgelorenzo crashed heavily at Turn 6, shortly followed by #marcmarquez 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, #jorgelorenzo 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. #marcmarquez 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.

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