2013 Qatar MotoGP Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's race at Qatar:


Double Delight as Yamaha Dominate in Qatar

Losail (Qatar), 7th April 2013

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo kicked off the defence of his title tonight in the best possible way, delivering a flawless ride under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit to take a perfect victory in the Grand Prix of Qatar.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 and Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:


All KTM sweep of opening Moto3 GP in Qatar

Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom of Spain rode a masterly last two laps to break away from a hard fought pack of five KTM-driven Moto3 bikes to steal victory in the opening GP of the season fought under lights on the Losail Circuit in in Qatar.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Race Result: Dominant Victory Ahead of Breathtaking Battle For Podium

Results and summary of a gripping MotoGP race at Qatar:

Jorge Lorenzo has got the defense of his 2012 MotoGP World Title off to the best possible start, winning the 2013 season opener in dominant fashion. But the Qatar race will be remembered most of all for the battle for the podium, which saw a battle between a resurgent Valentino Rossi and the young upstart Marc Marquez.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Close Dice Decided On Final Lap

Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Qatar:

Pol Espargaro has confirmed his status as the favorite for the 2013 Moto2 title by winning the first race of the season. But the effort he had to put in to hold Scott Redding off throughout the race suggests that Espargaro does become champion, he will have to work very hard for it.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Warm Up Result: Crutchlow Leads Tight Top Seven

Warm up notes: The top seven are very close, within four tenths of a second. Places 2-7 are within a quarter of a second. Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati started throwing out smoke halfway through the session, a Ducati spokesperson said they believe the cause was an oil overflow, rather than anything serious, but are checking the situation now.

Results:

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Starting Like A Champion, And Qualifying Strategy

If you have aspirations of winning the championship, the first qualifying session of the year is your first chance to stake your claim. Qualifying is the moment you stake your claim, show everyone what you have, and what they are up against. The rest of the year, pole position is nice, but the most important thing is to be on the front row, and get a good start. But at the first qualifying session of the year for the first race of the year, you need to send your opponents a message: This is what you are up against. This is what you face if you wish to beat me.

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Yamaha Confirm Engine Lease Deal, Package Could Include Chassis

Yamaha has today confirmed that they are prepared to lease engines to private teams to run under the new MotoGP rules to come into effect from 2014. The Japanese factory has agreed a deal with series owner Dorna, with Yamaha agreeing to supply private teams with leased engines on a per-year basis. The agreement is for three seasons, from 2014 through 2016.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the race at Qatar:


Lorenzo Conquers New Qualifying Format for Stunning Pole in Qatar

Losail (Qatar), 6th April 2013

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo became the first MotoGP rider to take pole position under the new qualifying format tonight at the Losail International Circuit for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Qatar. The new quick-fire format allowing just 15 minutes for the riders to deliver their best lap proved an intense session.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 and Moto3 Saturday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Qatar:


Alex Rins seals front row start in Losail

Third place for Rins in first qualifying session of 2013, with Alex Marquez ninth for third row start in Qatar.

A strong wind gusting all day in Doha left the Losail International Circuit asphalt dirty, but this did not impede the Moto3 riders taking to the track for the first qualifying session of the 2013 season.

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2013 Qatar MotoGP QP2 Result: New Qualifying System Throws Up Surprises

Results and summary of the QP2 session for the MotoGP class:

Jorge Lorenzo has secured the first pole of the 2013 season, putting in a couple of punishing fast laps to first take and then consolidate his position at the front of the grid. Lorenzo knocked Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow into 2nd spot, after the Englishman had been fastest out of the gate. Dani Pedrosa found a burst of speed to secure 3rd, and the final spot on the front row, though only after a near-collision with his teammate Marc Marquez.

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2013 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Secured In Last-Second Dash

Results of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Qatar:

Pol Espargaro will start from pole position for the first race of the Moto2 season, having secured pole at Qatar with a last-gasp fast lap. The Spaniard had crashed early in the session, and spent a good part of the session in the pits while his bike was repaired. Espargaro put on a last lap push at the end, deposing Takaaki Nakagami off the top spot and into 2nd. Mika Kallio will start from 3rd, the Fin just finishing ahead of his teammate Scott Redding.

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