Lorenzo wins in Qatar from Rossi and Marquez
Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo continued his form of last season and led from pole to a faultless race win under the floodlights at the Losail circuit.
Meanwhile, all the action took place with a fight for for 2nd place - Pedrosa, Rossi, Marquez and Crutchlow battling away. A second lap mistake caused Rossi to run wide and drop back to seventh leaving the two factory Repsol Hondas and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 vying for the podium places.
At the halfway point on lap 11, Rossi began his charge again from 7th place disposing of Ducati’s Dovizioso and the LCR Honda of Stefan Bradl who proceeded to crash while chasing down the seven-time premier- class title winner.
Marquez overtook Pedrosa on lap 17 of 22 leaving his team mate to battle with Crutchlow and Rossi. The Doctor stormed passed Crutchlow causing the Tech 3 man to misjudge his braking point and run off at Turn 1, rejoining in 4th place. Rossi went on to make his moves on Pedrosa and Marquez on Laps 19 and 20 respectively with a valiant fight back from the young MotoGP™ debutant.
Lorenzo won by 5.9 seconds with Rossi coming home in second position by just two tenths of a second. Marquez finished third becoming the first MotoGP™ rookie to acheive a rostrum position in his first race since Lorenzo finished second at Losail five years ago.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa came 4th with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 of Cal Crutchlow completing the top five from Gresini Honda’s Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati machines. Bradley Smith’s first MotoGP™ race ended in disappointment after he crashed out in 11th place. Reigning CRT champion Aleix Espargaro took the honours in the CRT class finishing 1st and 11th overall. Ulsterman Michael Laverty finished in 17th place aboard his Paul Bird Motorsport machine.
Moto2™ saw another stunning race with a three way battle between Takaaki Nakagami, Pol Espargaro and Englishman Redding with Espargaro eventually taking the top step of the podium from Redding in second and Nakagami acheiving a career first podium. Tech 3 Brit rider Danny Kent finished in 18th with Kyle Smith 21st who was under team orders not to crash!
Luis Salom triumphed in an action-packed first Moto3™ race of 2013, winning the race in a five-rider battle from Maverick Viñales finishing in second place with Álex Rins completing the top three line up , Álex Márquez younger brother of Marc finished fourth. Kent based Danny Webb picked up five points for his 11th place with a not so lucky John Mcphee who was brought down by Alex Masbou.
The MotoGP™ World Championship will continue at the brand-new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in a two weeks’ time.