Championship standings after the first race at Qatar:
Results and summary of a thrilling MotoGP season opener:
Moto2 standings after the first race of the season:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:
Moto3 championship standings after the first race of the season at Qatar:
Results and summary of a classic Moto3 race:
Marc Marquez finishes the MotoGP warm up as fastest, despite minor crash. Andrea Dovizioso was second, while Johann Zarco surprised by taking third.
A very brief shower of rain left the track at Qatar damp for the start of the extended 30 minutes warm up session for the Moto3 class. The track dried through the session, and the riders spent nearly all their time on slick tires. Joan Mir ended the session as fastest, ahead of John McPhee and Adam Norrodin.
Saturday was the kind of day that makes you question the wisdom of allowing Qatar to be the first race of the MotoGP season, and to hold the race at night. Doing one or the other – either being the first race of the season but holding it during the day, or taking place later in the year and racing at night – is feasible, but doing both is a risk. If it wasn't for the fact that the sanctioning fee the Losail International Circuit at Qatar pays to Dorna for the privilege basically covers the overseas travel budget for the teams for the entire season, the MotoGP season opener would be very different.
It was an entirely wasted day. Or perhaps not entirely wasted: we learned that the Qatar circuit badly needs the drainage fixed. Whatever the decision on racing in the rain, when it does rain, the track and the run off areas just don't drain fast enough. That led to Loris Capirossi, Dorna's representative in Race Direction, trying to explain in increasingly exasperated tones that there was no point trying to test during the day or at night, because there was simply too much standing water in the gravel traps and in certain sections of the track to allow it to be used safely.
Capirossi was speaking at an impromptu press conference organized directly after the qualifying press conference, to explain why all on-track action had been canceled on Saturday. It had started with the cancellation of the Asia Talent Cup, and a revised schedule was issued containing a track inspection, then a twenty-minute session for the riders to go out and see whether it would be possible to ridein the wet under the floodlights. But as each schedule approached, events were delayed. In the end, the entire day was canceled. The track was unusable after such intense rainfall.
Practice and qualifying at the Losail Circuit in Qatar has been canceled due to track conditions. Torrential overnight rain, followed by another downpour during the day left the circuit wet, with standing water in some sections of the track, as well as in the gravel traps. After waiting for conditions to improve, the organizers were finally forced to abandon any hope of running qualifying or FP4 for any of the classes.
The schedule for Saturday at Qatar has been revised. With the track still wet, and rain falling on and off, Dorna and the teams have agreed to test the track first, and then, after the Safety Commission has met and declared the track safe in the wet, run a later schedule for practice and qualifying. The revised schedule is below.
The teams and Dorna are currently meeting to discuss the schedule for Saturday's qualifying and practice sessions for all three classes at the MotoGP season opener at Qatar. Torrential rain on Friday night and Saturday morning has left the track waterlogged, and while the circuit is doing all it can to clean and attempt to dry the surface, the track is still wet.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the second day of free practice:
MOVISTAR YAMAHA RIDERS STRAIGHT THROUGH TO Q2 IN QATAR
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi worked their way through a challenging second and third free practice session ahead of the Grand Prix of Qatar. The teammates finished in first and tenth place respectively in the combined times.
DOHA (QATAR), 24TH MARCH 2017
Press releases after the second day of practice at Qatar:
MARTIN TOPS TIMESHEETS IN QATAR AS DIGGIA KEEPS IMPROVING
Friday’s sole Moto3 free practice session was successfully contested at the Losail International Circuit today: with the threat of rain turning into a false alarm, Team Del Conca Gresini’s Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to take their NCS250RW machines to the track and, with some good work together, they managed to get some very positive results despite the strong winds blowing across the 5.4km Qatari venue.