Friday practice results from the Qatar MotoGP at Lusail, round 19 of 20 in the 2023 world championship.
In the opening practice for the 2023 Qatar MotoGP at the newly renovated Lusail circuit, Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati finished in first and second place, respectively. Francesco Bagnaia, who is currently leading the championship, finished in third place. The session saw close passes and some incidents, including a collision between Pol Espargaro and Marco Bezzecchi on the slowdown lap. Aleix Espargaro and Alex Marquez were the first to fall during the session. The top ten places for direct Qualifying 2 access will be decided in the evening session. Bagnaia has a chance to win the title on Sunday but admits it’s unlikely unless Martin makes a mistake. The Lusail circuit has undergone significant renovations for this year’s event, including a complete resurfacing. Michelin is providing additional tyre compounds due to the lack of track data on the new asphalt. Pramac Ducati is on track to win the team’s world championship, with a 100-point advantage over Ducati Lenovo. Iker Lecuona is replacing Alex Rins at LCR Honda.