Throughout its illustrious 70 year history, MotoGP has seen some stunning laps and fantastic circuits. As the machines and talent in the sport has grown, we’ve seen MotoGP lap records tumble race after race.
For context as to how much faster MotoGP is in the modern day, let’s take a look at comparable laps from the past. Brno has been on the calendar for decades, but its current layout was brought in in 1987.
That year, Wayne Gardener set a pole position lap time of 2:07.580 on his way to victory. In 2020, Johan Zarco’s pole position time was 1:55.687. That’s a 12 second improvement, meaning the lap is almost 10% faster on modern machines.
The list below features the fastest laps ever recorded at modern MotoGP circuits.
Lap records at MotoGP circuits
Full list of MotoGP lap records
|Grand Prix||Circuit||Lap time||Driver||Manufacturer||Date|
|Qatar Grand Prix||Losail International Circuit||1:54.491||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati||4 April 2021|
|Argentine Grand Prix||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola||1:37.683||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||27 April 2014|
|Grand Prix of the Americas||Circuit of the Americas||2:03.575||Marc Marquez||Honda||13 April 2014|
|Spanish Grand Prix||Circuito de Jerez||1:37.770||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha||2 May 2021|
|French Grand Prix||Circuit de la Sarthe||1:32.309||Maverick Vinales||Yamaha||21 May 2017|
|Italian Grand Prix||Mugello Circuit||1:46.810||Johann Zarco||Ducati||30 May 2021|
|Catalan Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||1:39.939||Johann Zarco||Ducati||6 June 2021|
|Dutch TT||TT Circuit Assen||1:32.869||Fabio Quartararo||Yamaha||27 June 2021|
|German Grand Prix||Sachsenring||1:21.228||Marc Marquez||Honda||7 July 2019|
|Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring||1:23.827||Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati||11 August 2019|
|British Grand Prix||Silverstone||1:59.936||Marc Marquez||Honda||25 August 2019|
|San Marino and Rimini’s Coast Grand Prix||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli||1:32.242||Enea Bastianini||Ducati||19 September 2021|
|Aragon Grand Prix||MotorLand Aragón||1:48.089||Franco Morbidelli||Yamaha||25 October 2020|
|Thailand Grand Prix||Chang International Circuit||1:30.904||Marc Marquez||Honda||6 October 2019|
|Japanese Grand Prix||Twin Ring Motegi||1:45.350||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||12 October 2014|
|Australian Grand Prix||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit||1:28.108||Marc Marquez||Honda||20 October 2013|
|Malaysian Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit||1:59.661||Valentino Rossi||Ferrari||3 November 2019|
|Valencian Grand Prix||Circuit Ricardo Tormo||1:31.116||Marc Marquez||Honda||17 November 2019|
|Portuguese Grand Prix||Algarve International Circuit||1:39.450||Álex Rins||Suzuki||18 April 2021|
|Czech Republic Grand Prix||Brno Circuit||1:56.027||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||17 August 2014|
Rider with the most lap records
Marc Marquez – 6 lap records
Honda’s Spanish rider Marc Marquez currently holds the most lap records in MotoGP with six. He has gone quicker than anyone at COTA, Sachsenring, Silverstone, Chang International, Phillip Islan and Ricardo Tormo. You wouldn’t expect anything less from a six-time premier class champion.