Crutchlow leads Qualifying 1 and now advances to Qualifying 2 along with team-mate Nakagami.

Already sore from a big highside in FP3, Lorenzo was one of several riders to tumble during the 15-minute session.

The Spaniard seemed to gesture that the slippery conditions he had been warning about late at night had caught him out. To make things worse for Lorenzo, he was then pushed outside of the top two.

Rossi will also be absent from Qualifying 2, and start from just 14th on the grid. The Italian was unable to feature in the top positions throughout Q1.

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  1. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.270s [Lap 6/6] 345km/h (Top Speed)
  2. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.431s +0.161s [6/7] 337k
  3. Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Ducati (Desmosedici GP18)* 1m 54.472s +0.202s [7/7] 339k
  4. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) 1m 54.537s +0.267s [7/7] 336k
  5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 54.563s +0.293s [2/4] 340k
  6. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 54.740s +0.470s [7/7] 334k
  7. Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)* 1m 55.122s +0.852s [3/7] 339k
  8. Tito Rabat ESP Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 1m 55.428s +1.158s [3/5] 344k
  9. Andrea Iannone ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 55.464s +1.194s [3/7] 343k
  10. Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP18) 1m 55.642s +1.372s [3/7] 341k
  11. Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 1m 55.797s +1.527s [6/6] 333k
  12. Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16) 1m 55.937s +1.667s [7/7] 337k
  13. Bradley Smith GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 56.036s +1.766s [3/6] 336k

Fastest Friday time:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s

Fastest time at 2019 Qatar Test:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 54.208s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Johann Zarco FRA Yamaha 1m 53.680s (2018)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

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