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Marc_marquez_2016_qatarThe 2016 MotoGP World Championship officially commenced this evening in Qatar, with a single free-practice session for the premier class. Rain had fallen on-and-off all day Wednesday, but the track was in generally good condition when action got underway at 8:55 p.m. Thursday local time. At the end of the 45 minute session, Repsol Honda Team riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were classified seventh and eight respectively, with Dani setting his fastest time of 1’56.098 on his seventh lap and Marc recording a 1’56.258 time on his 15th and final lap.

FP2 and FP3 will commence tomorrow at 6 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. local time, respectively.

Dani Pedrosa

7TH  1’56.098

“Luckily, the track was in good condition and this practice was a useful start for us to gather information, because we started working on the setup we used on the last day of test and then decided to try a big change. We need to work more on this idea and I hope tomorrow we’ll be able to build on it. We’ll study the data we’ve gathered very thoroughly in order to improve in the direction we feel could make the bike faster. We’ll try to reduce the gap, tenth by tenth, working on power delivery and chassis settings.”

Marc Marquez

8TH  1’56.258

“Today the 2016 season started for real. It was not the easiest FP1 I’ve ridden in, but we tried to improve gradually. The feeling was not very good, but we worked hard and we tried a lot of things out, so now we have to see what has changed between the test and today. We know that in Qatar the track conditions change a lot, so we will try to continue to evolve and get close to the top riders.”

FP1 Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.440
2 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.707
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’55.736
4 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’55.810
5 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’55.847
6 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’56.051
7 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’56.098
8 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’56.258
9 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’56.387
10 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1’56.412
11 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’56.524
12 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’56.596
13 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing 1’56.783
14 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Marc VDS Racing Team 1’56.939
15 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1’56.981
16 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’57.096
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’57.129
18 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Aspar MotoGP Team 1’57.192
19 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1’57.421
20 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’57.916
21 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’57.989

 

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Emanuele Venturoli
Emanuele Venturoli
A graduate in Public, Social and Political Communication from the University of Bologna, he has always been passionate about marketing, design and sport. Even before finishing his studies, he started working in sports marketing and discovered the importance of everything outside the playing field. Since 2012 he has been with RTR Sports, where he is now Head of Communication and Marketing Officer for projects related to Formula 1, MotoGP and the best of other two- and four-wheel motor sports.
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