MotoGP: Lorenzo dominates with Rossi second at season opener

Jorge made it look easy at Qatar

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

Times below

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
Not Classified
  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  

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