|Date : 18/03/2014|
Winter testing is over and the Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, are on their way to Doha for the first race of 2014. It was positive Winter for Dani who completed many laps, however, it was a difficult period for World Champion, Marc, who missed two of the three tests due to injury.
The Losail circuit, located in the desert outside Qatar’s capital, Doha, sprung up in 2003 and hosted its first international motorcycle race in 2004. In 2008, it became notable for hosting the first-ever floodlit MotoGP race. At 5.380km in length, Losail is one of the longest circuits on the international calendar, with the main straight more than 1km long. Ten right turns, mix with six lefts but the flat and featureless landscape make it a difficult track to learn. Desert sand also causes grip problems.
This first grand prix of the season is also the only race weekend that stretches over four days, with FP1 beginning on Thursday evening, FP2 and FP3 on Friday evening, Qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday night at 22h00 local time.
Marc Marquez, who took his first MotoGP podium here last year en route to his World Championship, will be eager to get back on the bike for the first time since the 6th February. Marc suffered a training accident on the 19th February which ruled him out of the second Sepang test and tyre test in Phillip Island. Marc has visited the Qatar podium in all three classes, 3rd in MotoGP (2013), 1st in Moto2 (2012) and 3rd in 125cc (2010).
Teammate Dani Pedrosa, who has had a positive pre-season took second place here in 2012 and has finished on the podium a total of four times in MotoGP (2012 – 2nd, 2011 – 3rd, 2008 – 3rd, 2007 – 3rd) and once in 250cc (2004 – 2nd).
|Date of Birth||17/02/1993|
|Birthplace||Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain|
|Hobbies||Mountain Biking, Video games|
|Grand Prix debut||2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)|
|First GP win||2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)|
|GP pole positions||37 (9 MotoGP, 14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2)|
|Total GP wins||32 (6 MotoGP, 10 in 125cc, 16 in Moto2)|
|Total GP podiums||16|
|World titles||3 (1 x MotoGP 2013, 1 x 125cc, 2010, 1 x Moto2, 2012)|
|Previous Results in Qatar||2013 3rd (MotoGP), 2012 1st (Moto2), 2011 DNF (Moto2), 2010 3rd (125cc), 2009 DNF (Moto2)|
|Date of Birth||29/09/1985|
|Hobbies||Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema|
|Grand Prix debut||2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)|
|First GP win||2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)|
|GP pole positions||42 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 24 in MotoGP)|
|Total GP wins||45 (8 in 125cc, 15 in 250cc, 22 in MotoGP)|
|Total GP podiums||112|
|World titles||3 (1 x 125cc, 2003, 2 x 250cc 2004 & 2005 ‚Äì Honda RS250RW)|
|Previous Results in Qatar||2013 4th (MotoGP), 2012 2nd (MotoGP), 2011 3rd (MotoGP), 2010 7th (MotoGP), 2009 11th (MotoGP), 2008 3rd (MotoGP), 2007 3rd (MotoGP), 2006 6th (MotoGP), 2005 4th (250cc), 2004 2nd (250cc)|
|Length||5.380 m / 3.343 miles|
|Longest straight||1.068 m / 0.664 miles|
|Pole Position||1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)|
|Race lap||1m 55.153s (168.193km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)|
|Race time||42m 36.587s (166.665km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)|
|2012 Winner||Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)|
|2013 Winner||Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)|