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Qatar Grand Prix: Times, schedule, how to watch, weather and lap record

MotoGP returns this weekend with the Qatar Grand Prix. Defending champion Francesco Bagnaia will be eyeing a third straight championship, while Marc Marquez, Jorge Martin and the rest of the world's best motorcyclists will be eager to put an end to the dominance.


Qatar Grand Prix times and schedule

Practice times

Free Practice One: 15:45 local time / 12:45 UK time – Friday 8th March

Practice: 20:00 local time / 17:00 UK time - Friday 8th March

Free Practice Two: 14:00 local time / 11:00 UK time – Saturday 9th March

Qualifying times

Qualifying One: 14:40 local time / 11:40 UK time – Saturday 9th March

Qualifying Two: 15:05 local time / 12:05 UK time - Saturday 9th March

Race time

20:00 local time / 17:00 UK time – Sunday 10th March

How to watch the Qatar Grand Prix and TV channel

The Qatar Grand Prix is available on TNT Sports and discovery+, who are the official broadcasters for the 2024 season.

Highlights will be available on ITV4 after the race on Sunday 10th March.

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Last year’s Qatar Grand Prix winner and podium (2023)

1st - Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP (Ducati)

2nd - Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team (Ducati)

3rd - Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team (Ducati)

Qatar Grand Prix most wins

With six in total, Jorge Lorenzo is the rider with the most wins in Qatar, across MotoGP (3), 250cc (2) and 125cc (1).

The most wins for a rider in MotoGP alone is shared, with Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi both on four apiece.

Qatar lap length

The lap length of Lusail International Circuit’s Motorcycle configuration is 5.380km or 3.34 mi.

Qatar lap record

The lap record around Lusail International Circuit’s Motorcycle configuration is in fact Max Verstappen in a Formula One car, with a time of 1:23.196.

The lap record for a MotoGP participant was achieved by Enea Bastianini in 2023, who set a time of 1:52.978.

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Qatar track temperature

The track temperature is expected to sit between 30°C (86°F) and 35°C (95°F) when the race begins at 20:00, however it should cool off gradually throughout, due to the cooling air temperature in Lusail.

Qatar Grand Prix weather forecast

The weather forecast for Lusail this coming weekend sees low temperatures of 19°C (66°F) and highs of 26°C (79°F). There is no rain forecast, and wind is expected to be minimal.

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