2019 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result: No Rest For Wicked Marquez

The final outing of the day started off with a slight delay due to Moto2 debris and ended with Marc Marquez breaking the all time lap record around the Losail circuit by three tenths of a second. The world champion saw a missed opportunity in FP1 (and throughout winter testing) and got straight down to business with a handful of laps in the high 1:54s. It was enough to keep him on top after the first run, although the Ducati tag team were a looming threat right behind the Spaniard, both on track and on the timesheets. Yamaha did not want to feel left out either, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo adding to the mix of consistent long runs throughout the session.

Joan Mir fired the first shot in the time attack with 13 minutes left on the clock, taking over the top of the timesheets from Marquez and inviting more pretenders to the crown. It took until the final five minutes for the action to really heat up on soft rubber but Marquez swiftly dealt the final blow and the red lights stopped blinking on the timesheets. Marquez had used Vinales as a reference for his record breaking lap and, as it happens, the Yamaha man put together an excellent lap of his own, half a second off his leading compatriot.

Jack Miller was best of the rest and top Ducati in third position, a tenth of a second ahead of factory colleague Danilo Petrucci. Quartararo ended the session once again as second best Yamaha, one tenth faster than Andrea Dovizioso and teammate Franco Morbidelli. Alex Rins and Aleix Espargaro were the final men within a second of the leader, with Mir securing the final top ten position.

Rins’ late antics demoted Jorge Lorenzo from the top ten, leaving the Spaniard – who was testing a new seat unit – with a lot of work to do in FP3 if he wants to secure a Q2 place. However, the Spaniard will be in fine company, as Cal Crutchlow and FP1 leader Valentino Rossi also missed the boat on top positions. The Italian had a particularly disappointing evening after an excellent FP1, finishing the day 1.7 seconds off the lead.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'53.380    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'53.854 0.474 0.474
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'53.908 0.528 0.054
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'54.053 0.673 0.145
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'54.154 0.774 0.101
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'54.256 0.876 0.102
7 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'54.275 0.895 0.019
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'54.320 0.940 0.045
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'54.367 0.987 0.047
10 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 1'54.402 1.022 0.035
11 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 1'54.428 1.048 0.026
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'54.444 1.064 0.016
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'54.452 1.072 0.008
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'54.801 1.421 0.349
15 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'55.032 1.652 0.231
16 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'55.053 1.673 0.021
17 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'55.137 1.757 0.084
18 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'55.412 2.032 0.275
19 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'55.432 2.052 0.020
20 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'55.635 2.255 0.203
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'55.654 2.274 0.019
22 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'56.437 3.057 0.783
23 38 Bradley SMITH Aprilia 1'56.834 3.454 0.397
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So rossi and crew took a wrong turn for fp2 the only bike not to go quicker. 20 years experience and they still go so wrong. How can that be so

Good job Marc


Marc Marquez again does what he does best. Fastest ever lap, three tenths quicker than Zarco's pole last year. Half a second faster than the next best. Abandon all hope, write his name on all the trophies.

Rossi a tenth slower than Fp1 that is a little disappointing after the great result in the first session. Will do better in the race.

Meanwhile Maverick Viñales improves his time by almost one & a half seconds. Definately " more cheerful and more relaxed" and it seems "more positive about Yamaha " well put David

Jack Miller quickest of the Ducks, I like that, lets see how Qualifying goes.

Thanks for the quick report Zara.

Planning for a 4:00AM start, seems like the riders want to start an hour earlier. Ain't goin to work on Monday.