Marquez fastest in Qatar on day two


Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez set the fastest time in the combined times of the first three sessions in Qatar.

Marquez finished on the top of the time sheets in both Free Practice sessions in Qatar today, with a fastest time of 1'56.084 recorded on lap 16 of 17 in FP3, on a new soft rear tire.


Marc Marquez 1st 1'56.084
"Practice today went pretty well – better than expected. I was very comfortable on the bike, and this is the important thing. Our foundation isn't bad at all, we are improving in every session and working with Sunday's race in mind. What we are missing is a bit of pace and consistency. We will have to make the most of the 30 minutes that we have before qualifying tomorrow to improve those points".

Jorge Lorenzo – 2nd, Time – 1'56.685
“I’m very happy with the changes we made on the bike because it improved a lot. In the last moments the track was better this evening, in the beginning it was very dirty. I think we can still improve the bike more tomorrow, we still haven’t decided which chassis is better; today it was the new one, yesterday the old one. I’m very curious to see how the qualifying goes with the new formula, we will just be concentrating on making four fast laps, the maximum performance we can get."

Valentino Rossi – 4th, Time – 1'56.756
“The practices are not so bad, we are continuing to work for the race. We still have to decide which tire to use; that will be very important for Sunday. We are ready for tomorrow for the qualifying practice to try and start as far in front as possible and aim for the front row. For the rest it’s not so bad, we continue to work and improve. Yesterday after the practice I had a problem with a very strong headache so I wasn’t at 100% today. Now I’m not so bad and coming better and tomorrow I will be at my maximum."


Pos Rider Bike Nat Time
1 Marquez Marc Honda ESP 1'56.477
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 1'56.685
3 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 1'56.743
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1'56.756
5 Stefan Bradl Honda GER 1'57.257
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 1'57.538
7 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 1'57.601
8 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1'57.749
9 Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 1'57.843
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 1'57.926
11 Ben Spies Ducati USA 1'58.137
12 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 1'58.340
13 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 1'58.559
14 Yonny Hernandez ART COL 1'58.871
15 Hector Barbera FTR ESP 1'58.904

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