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Valentino Rossi fights off Andrea Dovizios for the lead going into the final race lap at Qatar. Dovi's Ducati had the horsepower advantand over the factory Yamahas going down the front staight and could pass at will, but Valentino would get a better drive out of the final corner on the last lap and win by a bike length at the finish line.

2015 MotoGP World Championhip, Doha, Qatar Round 1 of 18

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Losail, Qatar, March 26-29th 2015 - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi opened the 2015 MotoGP season tonight with a stunning victory at the Grand Prix of Qatar, amid a 4-way battle for the lead with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone who filled out the other two steps on the podium, and Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo. What started as a battle that could have been anybody’s race, ended in a thrilling duel during the opening round at the Losail International Circuit in one o fthe most excitn MotoGP racs ever.


Andrea Dovizioso takes pole for Ducati on the Desmo GP15,
ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez in Qatar.

It was always going to be close in QP2, and the first qualifying session of the season did not disappoint as Dovizioso took a sensational pole position for the factory Ducati Team ahead of the Repsol Honda’s of Marquez (+0.324s) and Pedrosa (+0.217s). At the end of the session you could see how much this pole meant to Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Team General Manager) who oversaw the development of the new GP15 from scratch. Reigning MotoGP™ Champion Marquez had no response to Dovizioso’s pace on the softer option tyre and had to settle for 3rd on the grid behind his teammate Pedrosa.
 
Andrea Iannone will start from the front of the second row in 4th on the other factory Ducati, with Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez (+0.562s) making it three Ducati’s in the top five, in 5th place. Jorge Lorenzo (+0.598s) is in 6th, with Bradley Smith (+0.618s) heading the 3rd row on the satellite Monster Tech 3 Yamaha finishing ahead of the Factory YZR-M1 of Valentino Rossi (+0.738s), who will start from 8th.
 
CWM LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who had shown impressive pace during practice, crashed out at turn 14 and had to settle for 12th place.
 
Earlier in Q1 Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci led right from the start, setting a time seven-tenths quicker than his best from practice and claiming top spot. The battle for the second automatic qualifying spot was won by Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith in dramatic fashion. The British rider pinching 2nd place from Maverick Viñales on the Team Suzuki Ecstar GSX-RR right at the end of the session, after the checkered flag had been shown. Click Here for Qualifying Results.

MotoGP podium QatarRossi on the podium with Dovizioso and Iannone

Rossi Rules Stunning Season Opener in Qatar
Sunday 29th - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi opened the 2015 MotoGP season tonight with a stunning victory at the Grand Prix of Qatar, amid a 4-way battle for the lead with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone who filled out the other two steps on the podium, and Rossi's teammate Jorge Lorenzo. What started as a battle that could have been anybody’s race, ended in a thrilling duel during the opening round at the Losail International Circuit in one o fthe most excitn MotoGP racs ever.

Lorenzo dives his Yamaha inside the Ducatis of Iannone and Dovizioos during their 3-way battle for the lead in the first half of the race.

Rossi rode an incredible race. Starting from eighth on the grid, the nine-time world champion fell back to tenth position and took a few laps to get a feel for the situation. He then ploughed through the order on his way to the front of the field. He quickly overtook several riders to take fifth in a duel with rival Pedrosa on lap four. Keeping up his pace, he soon passed Hernandez for fourth and continued his podium chase by bridging a 1,5 second gap to rider in third. He then clawed his way to the front group of Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Iannone. This was the start of an incredible final battle between the two factory teams as the riders changed positions several times.

Rossi fought hard, eventually overtaking Iannone with four laps to go. A nail biting last few rounds with rival Dovizioso followed, with the Doctor giving one of his best performances in his 20 year MotoGP career. Fighting until the very last corner he gave everything to hold enough of an advantage to clinch the first victory of the 2015 season, with a margin of 0.174s.

Rossi had caught up with the 3-way battle for the lead by mid race and here dives inside Iannone to move into third, then be repassed, then passing back Ianonne again.Then he want after Lorenzo, and Doviviso who was back in the lead agian.The Ducatis had the advantage of top speed over the Yamahas on the main staight reaching 357kh / 221 mph.


Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also had a great start to his 2015 Championship, flying from sixth on the grid to grab second place into turn one. He continued to chase Dovizioso, as rival Marquez had run wide. Lorenzo took over at the front in turn 12 of lap two, but was unable to create a lead. The Mallorcan and Dovizioso battled fiercely and were later joined by Iannone and Rossi. Lorenzo feeling the heat of the following riders, made many attempts at reclaiming the lead, but was unable to hold first position. He fought bravely, but with four laps to go was forced to let his teammate and rivals go through due to a problem with his helmet. He finished fourth, 2.707s from the front.

Rossi is now in 2nd position here and fighting Dovozioso for the lead. Dovi has the inside line in this corner, but Rossi goes even tighther rightup on on the apex's white paint and ripple curbing in an attempt to get past!

Rossi’s superb win earns him first place in the championship standings with 25 points. Lorenzo now holds fourth place in the championship with 13 points. Thanks to today’s results Movistar Yamaha MotoGP take the lead in the teams’ championship with 38 points. The next round will be held at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), United States, in two weeks’ time.

Valentino Rossi 1st | 42'35.717 | 22 Laps
“In the last three seasons I always rode solid races and arrived on the podium but to come back with a victory is another thing. I am so happy because we suffered a lot during the practices and also the tests, but we worked very well for the 22 laps race and I was very strong. First of all you have to be lucky, but especially the work that we do with the team during the weekend makes the difference for my pace in the race. It was definitely one of the best races of my career, considering where we were yesterday. I really have to thank all my team, my engineers and all at Yamaha because I think today we did something amazing.”

The Grand Prix of Qatar saw an exceptional race debut for the new Ducati Desmosedici GP15, which made its track debut just over one month ago in the Sepang 2 tests.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2nd
“This is a special result for Ducati and for me, after everything we have been through in the last few years, and it rewards the work that we have done together to arrive at this point. I never expected to be so competitive in the first race, and it really is an extraordinary result. I want to thank all the engineers and the people in Bologna, who managed to get the bike ready in time for the Sepang 2 tests, the mechanics who have worked so hard this weekend and all the guys in Ducati Corse for the commitment they have demonstrated with this project. Iannone and I managed to get two podiums for Ducati and that’s a great result, but above all now I believe that this is only a starting-point for the future.”

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 3rd
“I am very pleased with this result: it is my first podium in MotoGP and it’s really incredible to have done it on my debut race as a factory Ducati rider. Dovi and I finished second and third with the new GP15 bikes, and I didn’t expect to be so competitive so soon in the first race, so it really is a fantastic sensation. Back home the guys in Ducati Corse have done a great job this winter, and I owe a lot to them. Since 2013 I have had the support of this great company, which has helped me to improve and which has taught me a lot of things, and so I would like to dedicate my first podium to all of them. A big thanks to everyone in Ducati, to Gigi Dall’Igna, to Claudio Domenicali and all the people who work with me.”

Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“For sure it’s a great emotion to have two riders on the podium with the new GP15, and for this reason I am really pleased, especially for all the guys in Ducati Corse who have done a great job back home in planning, designing and building the new bike in such a short period of time over the last few months. Probably today we could have even come away with a victory and not having done so actually leaves me with a tinge of disappointment, but today’s result in any case is fantastic and I am sure that we will manage to achieve our aim in the next few races.”

Jorge Lorenzo 4th | +2.707 | 22 Laps
“It was a difficult race. After the first lap, I found myself in second place and I followed Dovizioso. I was faster and I passed him where I could in the fast corners. On the speed and in braking the Ducati was much stronger than our bike, but we could recover on corner speed while the acceleration was similar. To be honest, I thought that I could win the race, though it surely wasn’t going to be easy, because Valentino had a very strong pace at the end of the race. I was feeling better and better, but suddenly there was something wrong when in the top part of the helmet the foam came loose and came down so I lost half of my vision. I couldn’t see the corners very well and couldn’t concentrate or ride like before and I was losing half a second or more per lap. In a race where, at minimum I could fight for the win, I finished fourth.”

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1. Valentino ROSSI – (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) 42'35.717
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO – (Ducati Team) +0.174
3. Andrea IANNONE – (Ducati Team) +2.250
4. Jorge LORENZO – (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) +2.707
5. Marc MARQUEZ – (Repsol Honda Team) +7.036
6. Dani PEDROSA – (Repsol Honda Team) +10.755
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW – (CWM LCR Honda) +12.384
8. Bradley SMITH – (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) +12.914
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13. Scott REDDING – (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) +32.032
14. Maverick VIÑALES – (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +33.463


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Marquez is Top Honda in 6th Place as MotoGP Season Starts with a Thriller in Qatar
March 9th - Repsol Honda Team RC213V riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished sixth and seventh in the floodlit Qatar GP, fighting back from a troubled start to an exciting race with a thrilling climax.

Both factory riders had started from the front row of the grid, but chances of following up with similar top-three finishes were scuppered from the start.
Defending champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) had a nightmare first lap. Winner here last year – the first of a classic ten-in-a-row run – the 22-year-old star was caught up in a tangle in the first corner, and was obliged to run wide and off the track to avoid a race-ending collision.

Marquez dropped right to the back, and immediately set about recovering ground, scything through the backmarkers, then picking his way through a fierce mid-field battle.
He had caught and passed his team-mate Pedrosa just after half distance; but could get no further ... the gap to the leaders finally proving unbridgeable.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) also had a difficult first lap. He picked up places steadily, up to fifth on the sixth of 22 laps of the 5.38-km Losail circuit. But by then the front four were already out of reach, and although he could match their speed, he was unable to close the gap.

His situation was made more difficult by the return of serious arm-pump problems that blighted his results last season, and required corrective surgery early that was only partially successful. Pedrosa pledged to seek a more permanent solution, throwing doubt on his immediate racing future. The Repsol Honda Team pledged to give their loyal long-term rider the fullest support in his quest for a cure.

It was not the hoped-for result at the first of 18 races, but both riders proved their strength and the speed of their machines in spite of the adversity that blunted their challenge. With a full season ahead, motivation is reinforced by early adversity.
The race was won by veteran former World Champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), finally prevailing in an exciting last-laps battle with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati). Dovizioso’s team-mate Andrea Iannone was a close third, narrowly ahead of early leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
The Repsol Honda pair finished just five seconds behind the leaders.
Two other riders campaign the Factory Option Honda RC213V. Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda RC213V) made it three in the top ten, finishing seventh after triumphing in a strong battle for the position.

Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) was 13th, still seeking the best machine balance in his first attempt on the awesomely powerful factory Honda.
Four others race the upgraded Honda RC213V-RS, in the Open category, where a lower technical specification is traded off with softer tires and extra fuel.

2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden (Aspar Team Honda RC213V-RS) finished the strongest, placed 17th, with team-mate Eugene Laverty 18th. Karel Abraham (AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS) and class rookie Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda RC213V-RS) did not finish, after a last-lap tangle put them both on the ground.

TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR POSITIVE AT QATAR MotoGP
Team Suzuki Press Office – March 29
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales both raced to points-scoring positions in Suzuki’s full-time return to the 2015 MotoGP™ series tonight at Losail in Qatar; and the team is positive with its initial debut.

Espargaro finished 11th and series rookie Viñales 14th aboard their 2015 GSX-RRs under the floodlights of the night-race; and in front of 19,500 spectators. It was an important result for Suzuki after a three-year absence from motorcycling’s premier class of racing; and after much development from the Japanese factory and continued testing to develop the all-new GSX-RR.

Espargaro started from 11th place on the grid, after a weekend that saw him well-in the top 10, and was in the top-seven on the opening laps. Viñales, who started from 13th place on the grid, fought back throughout the 22-lap race to score his first-ever MotoGP series points.

Satoru Terada – Team Director:
“This has been a very important result for us. We have spent the last three years preparing for this debut and we have hit our objectives. Both the riders ended the race and got into the points. Developing a high-performance MotoGP™ machine is not an easy process; we’ve learnt that we have some strong points and some weak points. We have a good chassis, but we lack outright power and this prevented us from to be fighting further up the grid. We are all aware of that and we have engineers in Japan working hard to improve our performance. In fact, this result gives us a further incentive to give our best and push even harder as soon as possible. At the end of the day I’m proud of these results, I know I’m working with a full team of professionals and we will push-on to greater heights.”

Aleix Espargaro:
“I can’t say I’m happy with this result as this is probably the worse position I’ve been in since last season and I honestly thought I would be higher-up in the classification. We had a few issues with the machine but we all know that the main problem now is the power. Engineers in Japan are working hard, I know, but unless we get some more horsepower, it will be very hard to get to the front. In any case I’ve also had good feelings from the race; I ended it and I got points, which was our objective. We are all fully focused on our development process and I’m sure we will get even better results soon.”

Maverick Viñales:
“It’s been an amazing experience! Racing with the top riders in MotoGP™ is something unbelievable and I’m so happy with the experience. The race has been strange; soon after the start I had some issues with the electronics and I lost some traction control, so I had to rely only on my wrist, but the machine was performing well so I decided to keep on and finally I ended the race and got two points. This was our priority, so I’m satisfied. We know where we need to improve and also what went wrong with this race, so we can work on it and hopefully be even more effective in the next race. ”

Grand Prix of Qatar – Final Classification:

1. Valentino ROSSI – (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) 42'35.717
2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO – (Ducati Team) +0.174
3. Andrea IANNONE – (Ducati Team) +2.250
4. Jorge LORENZO – (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) +2.707
5. Marc MARQUEZ – (Repsol Honda Team) +7.036
6. Dani PEDROSA – (Repsol Honda Team) +10.755
7. Cal CRUTCHLOW – (CWM LCR Honda) +12.384
8. Bradley SMITH – (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) +12.914
9. Pol ESPARGARO – (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) +13.031
10. Yonny HERNANDEZ – (Pramac Racing) +17.435
11. Aleix ESPARGARO – (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +19.901
12. Danilo PETRUCCI – (Pramac Racing) +24.432
13. Scott REDDING – (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) +32.032
14. Maverick VIÑALES – (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) +33.463

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