Friday, March 21, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez 5th & Pedrosa 8th in MotoGP Day 2 Practice of Season-Opening Round in Qatar

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Grand Prix of Qatar

Round 1 - Friday, March 21st 2014

  Qatar - Practice Report

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Improvements for Marquez and Pedrosa on day two in Qatar

Improvements for Marquez and Pedrosa on day two in Qatar

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa enjoyed a productive second day of the 2014 season at the Losail Circuit in Qatar.
Marc, who took some painkillers today (but no injection) to ease the pain from his injury, completed a total of 32 laps today, recording his fastest time of 1’55.446 in FP3 placing him 5th in the combined times.
Teammate Dani, recorded his fastest time of 1’55.562 in FP2 and completed 34 laps in total, finishing 8th for the day. Both Marc and Dani remained on the soft rear tyre in both sessions.
The riders will be back on track tomorrow for FP4 at 19h55 local time, and have confirmed their spot in Q2 which will take place at 21h00.
Team Quotes
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
5th - 1'55.446
“The day went pretty well. Besides not being as high up the timesheet as I would have liked, I'm happy because my leg felt much better than yesterday. We’ll see if things continue in this way tomorrow, as I had a little more strength today and less pain. We have also improved our setup, although we still have room for improvement with the bike and also myself. Tomorrow we shall continue working in the same way with a focus on the race. Qualifying is going to be difficult, because the Open class riders have a softer tyre available, but the important thing is the race”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
8th - 1'55.562
“I am working on improving everything a little: my one-off lap times, my overall pace, my feeling with the tyre and also my feeling with different fuel amounts in the tank. We are focusing on many things with very little time available. At the moment we haven’t taken a big step forward, so we hope to keep up our steady progress and not to get worse in any aspect. We have chances of getting a top time tomorrow, but I have to work on my fast laps in order to do so. There are riders setting very quick times so far, and I’m sure that the qualifying session will be tough!”

practice results

  Grand Prix of Qatar - Round 1
1Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'54.773
2Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'55.186
3Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'55.240
4Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'55.250
5Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'55.446
6Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'55.474
7Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'55.495
8Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'55.562
9Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'55.676
10Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'55.702
11Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'55.793
12Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'56.013
13Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'56.238
14Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'56.357
15Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'56.633
16Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'56.939
17Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'56.997
18Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'57.345
19Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'57.665
20Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'58.204
21Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'58.219
22Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'58.378
23Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'58.651

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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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