|Jorge made it look easy at Qatar
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening race of the season at Qatar under the floodlights, leading the race from start to finish with an astonishing five second lead.
As the lights went out for the first race of the season, Lorenzo got a strong start and led into the first corner ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi. Returning to Yamaha, Valentino Rossi soon moved up into third position before going wide on the first corner of the third lap which pushed him back into seventh position.
Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez had a slow start to his first MotoGP race, but soon worked his way up from sixth and was into third position with 19 laps to go.
Tech 3 rookie Bradley Smith crashed out on lap five from 11th position on his MotoGP debut.
Stuck in the fight for fifth position, Rossi started to set fast times and passed LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl with 15 laps to go and began his hunt for a podium position. By the 17th lap Rossi had closed a gap of 4 seconds and passed Cal Crutchlow to take fourth position.
With 14 laps to go, Stefan Bradl crashed out of sixth position, ending his race.
Three laps to go and Rossi was stuck in a Repsol Honda sandwich after passing Dani Pedrosa for third, it was left to rookie Marquez to hold The Doctor off. Veteran Rossi and new boy Marquez were now locked in a highly anticipated battle for second position after dropping Dani Pedrosa off on the last lap.
Rossi just pipped Marquez to second position by 0.211 seconds.
CRT riders Karel Abraham, Brian Starring, Danilo Petrucci and Colin Edwards failed to finish the race, whilst Aleix Espagaro was the top CRT rider, continuing his stunning form over the weekend.
Jorge Lorenzo crossed the line with a dominating lead of 5.990 seconds, however he had
backed off on the final lap, reducing the lead from seven seconds.
MotoGP returns in two weeks time for the first race at COTA, in Austin
|1||Jorge LORENZO||Yamaha Factory Racing||42’39.802|
|2||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha Factory Racing||5.99|
|3||Marc MARQUEZ||Repsol Honda Team||6.201|
|4||Dani PEDROSA||Repsol Honda Team||9.473|
|5||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||18.764|
|6||Alvaro BAUTISTA||GO&FUN Honda Gresini||22.148|
|7||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati Team||24.355|
|8||Nicky HAYDEN||Ducati Team||24.92|
|9||Andrea IANNONE||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||37.124|
|10||Ben SPIES||Ignite Pramac Racing||44.908|
|11||Aleix ESPARGARO||Power Electronics Aspar||49.809|
|12||Randy DE PUNIET||Power Electronics Aspar||56.495|
|13||Hector BARBERA||Avintia Blusens||+1’09.599|
|14||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Paul Bird Motorsport||+1’10.742|
|15||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Avintia Blusens||+1’13.600|
|16||Claudio CORTI||NGM Mobile Forward Racing||+1’29.444|
|17||Michael LAVERTY||Paul Bird Motorsport||+1’34.341|
|18||Lukas PESEK||Came IodaRacing Project||+1’34.683|
|Colin EDWARDS||NGM Mobile Forward Racing|
|Danilo PETRUCCI||Came IodaRacing Project|
|Stefan BRADL||LCR Honda MotoGP|
|Bradley SMITH||Monster Yamaha Tech 3|
|Bryan STARING||GO&FUN Honda Gresini|
|Karel ABRAHAM||Cardion AB Motoracing|