Marquez Leads Repsol Honda 1-2 in FP1 at Losail

Marc Marquez resumed normal service in the opening free practice session of the 2015 MotoGP season, leading an impressive Repsol Honda 1-2 at Losail. The reigning champion set his quickest lap shortly before the halfway mark and was never challenged from there with Aleix Espargaro leading the chasing pack aboard the returning Suzuki.

Not known for his speedy starts to a Grand Prix weekend, Dani Pedrosa surprised many with his early pace, clocking a 1:55.357 on his third lap of the evening. The only rider to get anywhere near the no.26 Repsol Honda was Marquez on the sister bike with the younger Spaniard finally edging ahead on his fifth lap on a 1:55.281.

Jorge Lorenzo was the chief rival to the Honda pair through much of the session but the Yamaha rider was usurped by the Suzuki of Espargaro three minutes from the end, Aleix making good use of the softer tyre available to the new entrants. Lorenzo held onto fourth with Cal Crutchlow making a positive start to life at LCR Honda in fifth.

Before a wheel was turned, the buzz in the paddock surrounded the Ducati squad but surprisingly, the quickest Desmosedici came from the Pramac team with Danilo Petrucci taking his 2014 machine to sixth spot on soft tyres, fractionally quicker than Andrea Dovizioso’s GP15. Yonny Hernandez also used softer rubber to take eighth ahead of Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone while British pair Scott Redding and Bradley Smith finished marginally outside the top ten in 12th and 13th respectively.


2015 Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar: Free Practice 1 Classification

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.281
226. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.357
341. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar1:55.685
499. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.698
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:55.818
69. Danilo PetrucciDucatiPramac Racing1:55.939
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.980
868. Yonny HernandezDucatiPramac Racing1:56.139
946. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:56.162
1029. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:56.315
1144. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.361
1245. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.374
1338. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.428
146. Stefan BradlForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:56.577
1517. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:56.651
1615. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:56.768
1725. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam Suzuki Ecstar1:56.922
188. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:56.957
1943. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:56.983
2076. Loris BazForward YamahaAthina Forward Racing1:57.031
2169. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:57.052
2219. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.130
2350. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:57.224
2463. Mike di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:57.612
2533. Marco MelandriApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:59.579