Thursday, March 20, 2014

Repsol Honda Reports on Opening Day of 2014 MotoGP Season in Qatar

Press Release

Grand Prix of Qatar

Round 1 - Thursday, March 20th 2014

  Qatar - Practice Report

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Dry 23°C
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2014 MotoGP season gets underway in Qatar

2014 MotoGP season gets underway in Qatar

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed the first practice session of the 2014 season.
Dani, who struggled with grip in this first session, was anyway the fastest factory rider – with the satellite teams enjoying a clear advantage after testing here two weeks ago. He finished the 45 minute session in 6th place with a time of 1’56.332 recorded on lap 13 of 16.
2013 World Champion, Marc, who climbed back aboard his RC213V for the first time in 6 weeks after breaking his leg, chose not to have any painkillers and managed an impressive 15 laps. He finished 11th for the night with a time of 1’56.682 on lap 13.
The riders will be back on track tomorrow evening at 18h00 local time.
Team Quotes
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
6th - 1'56.332
"We had a few problems today with grip, which is something that some of the riders who rode here at the test two weeks ago had commented about before. There isn’t much grip on the track and that means we have to try to get the most out of the bike under these circumstances. We’ll see if the track improves with a little more rubber laid down, giving us more traction. Today we just didn’t really have any, even though the track was in good condition. We still hope to improve session-by-session”
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
11th - 1'56.682
"I am fairly happy with how the first session went, because I haven't been on the bike in a while. I didn’t think my foot would bother me so much - especially on the right hand corners - although at the end of the session I felt better and this gives me hope of improving tomorrow. We are going to try to follow the same working strategy as today. In terms of the times, we aren't too far off Jorge, Valentino and Dani - and it's normal that the riders who were here for the test a fortnight ago are fast right from the get-go”

practice results

  Grand Prix of Qatar - Round 1
1Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'55.201
2Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'55.667
3Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'55.816
4Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'55.996
5Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'56.020
6Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'56.332
7Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'56.542
8Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'56.626
9Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'56.668
10Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'56.670
11Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'56.682
12Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'56.726
13Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'57.046
14Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'57.100
15Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'57.623
16Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'57.779
17Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'58.182
18Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'58.394
19Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'58.495
20Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'58.732
21Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'59.321
22Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'59.328
23Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBMNo Time Set

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Circuit Information

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Length5.380 m / 3.343 miles
Left corners6
Right corners10
Longest straight1.068 m / 0.664 miles
Losail International Circuit
Al Wusail,North Relief Road
Doha, Qatar

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Pole Position1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap1m 55.153s (168.193km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race Time42m 36.587s (166.665km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
2012 WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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