Having started from pole, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took a sensational win in the season opener at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.
The first race of the year got underway with an enthralling and captivating action, taking second place on his return to Yamaha was Valentino Rossi the Italian who has regained his fine form. Having battled his way through the field after going wide, he was able to take his first podium of the year. In third was Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez who was delighted not only to take his first podium in the premier class but also to have a brilliant battle with his hero Valentino Rossi.
Following on from his team-mate Dani Pedrosa had to settle for fourth. Elsewhere Monster Yamaha tech3 rider Cal Crutchlow claimed fifth, the British rider was fighting for the podium when he went wide luckily he managed to rejoin the track only losing a place to Rossi.
GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista crossed the finish line in sixth followed by the Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden. Another rookie making it into the top ten was Energy T.I. Pramac racing’s Andrea Iannone. And then Rounding out the top ten was Ignite Pramac Racing’s Ben Spies.
Top CRT rider was Power Electronics Aspar racer Aleix Espargaro who came home in eleventh position. Riders not finishing today’s race was Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham, GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Bryan Staring, Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookie Bradley Smith, LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl, Came Iodaracing Project’s Danilo Petrucci and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edward.
The next race will be held at the new circuit of Americas in Texas on the 21st April. By Laura Turner