MotoGP Race And Practice Results
Results and summary of a thrilling MotoGP race at Qatar:
Valentino Rossi has taken victory in a scintillating first MotoGP race of the 2015 season, winning a close battle on the last lap with Andrea Dovizioso. The win takes his total to 83 premier class victories, and gives him his first season opening victory since Qatar in 2010.
The start of the race proved to be decisive, with Andrea Dovizioso getting the holeshot and dragging Dani Pedrosa, Yonny Hernandez and Jorge Lorenzo along with him. It proved disastrous for Marc Marquez: the Spaniard made a mistake going into Turn 1 and ran wide, rejoining the pack at the very back of the field. The incident put Marquez out of contention, and he spent the rest of the race fighting his way forward again.
Dovizioso and Lorenzo swapped the lead for the first few laps, with Andrea Iannone following close behind. Further down the field, Valentino Rossi was on a charge, pushing up through the pack after a mediocre start. From tenth, he had fought his was up to fifth by the fourth lap, and past Hernandez into fourth shortly afterwards. While Jorge Lorenzo had his hands full trying to hold of Dovizioso, Rossi pushed on to catch the three leaders, slotting in behind the Iannone on lap nine.
From that point, a fierce battle unfolded, Dovizioso using the speed of the Ducati to draft past Jorge Lorenzo, but Lorenzo using his guile and the Yamaha's corner speed to take back the lead round the back section of the circuit. The Ducati had more than just top speed, however, Dovizioso giving as good as he got round Turn 4, Turn 12, and Turn 15. The duel between Lorenzo and Dovizoso eventually took its toll of Lorenzo's tires, the Yamaha losing grip before the Ducati did. Dovizioso took over from Lorenzo on lap 19, and from that point Lorenzo started going backwards.
The last three laps saw a breathtaking duel between Dovizioso and Rossi, with the two men constantly swapping places. Dovizioso had a clear speed advantage down the front straight, but it came at a cost. Slingshotting out from Rossi's draft, Dovizioso found himself too hot into Turn 1, constantly running wide and letting Rossi back. The Yamaha man gained the smallest advantage on the final lap, putting three bike lengths between himself and the Ducati, going on to take victory by less than two tenths of a second. With Andrea Dovizioso second and Andrea Iannone third, it meant the first all-Italian MotoGP podium since Motegi 2006.
Jorge Lorenzo cruised home in fourth, unable to keep up with the Ducatis, while a deeply disappointed Marc Marquez crossed the line in 5th. The reigning world champion had put in a hard race to fight his way forward, including putting in a few questionable moves, taking out Alvaro Bautista along the way. He had managed to pass his teammate, Dani Pedrosa, but that's where he had stranded.
Cal Crutchlow took best satellite rider on the LCR Honda, finishing ahead of the two Tech 3 Yamahas of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Yonny Hernandez finished a highly creditable 10th on the Pramac Ducati.
The two podiums for Dovizioso and Iannone mean that Ducati have now had three dry podiums, including Dovizioso's third place at Austin in 2014. This means they lose the first of the concessions to Ducati, and must use 22 liters for each race, instead of 24. That is still 2 more than the factory option allowance of 20 liters. They keep the soft tire until they win three dry races. The loss of 2 liters of fuel will not affect Ducati much, as they were already racing with just 22 liters.
|16||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||33.944|
|19||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||59.211|
|20||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||+1'14.981|
|22||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||3 Laps|
|17||Karel Abraham||Honda||1 Lap|
|43||Jack Miller||Honda||1 Lap|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|19||Alvaro Bautista||Aprilia||0 Lap|
Results and summary of a bizarre Moto2 race at Qatar:
Jonas Folger has taken his first ever victory in the Moto2 class by winning an eventful race at Qatar.
From the start, the race looked like playing out as predicted by practice. Sam Lowes took the lead on the first lap from Johann Zarco, but Tito Rabat got crowded out in the first turn and lost ground. Zarco passed Lowes to take the lead at the start of the second lap, and Lowes tucked in behind the Frenchman, who started to lay down a fearsome pace. Lowes tried to follow, but pushed too hard and crashed out on the final corner of lap 3. Lowes was joined in the gravel a few corners later by Tito Rabat, who had his front wheel clipped by Simone Corsi going into the first corner, and Rabt crashed out.
Zarco was now free to start building a lead from the group behind him, consisting of Jonas Folger, Xavier Simeon and Franco Morbidelli. Within a few laps he had extended his lead to four seconds, and started managing the gap to come. He looked certain to take victory, until his gear lever came loose on lap 17. Looking down to try and fix it along the main straight, Zarco had a terrifying moment as he drifted right and nearly struck the pit wall. He saved that, but any hope of victory was gone. Unable to change gear, Zarco slipped back through the field to end the race in 8th.
The disappearance of Zarco left the field clear for Folger, who had built up a safe lead. Xavier Simeon cruised home to take second, after a couple of mistakes meant he could not keep up with the pace of Folger. The battle for what turned out to be third was the best of the race, with Tom Luthi, Franco Morbidelli, Mika Kallio and Sandro Cortese all scrapping hard. That battle allowed Alex Rins to catch the group, and quickly dispatch Morbidelli, Kallio and Cortese with a couple of laps to go. On the last lap Rins caught Luthi, but he could not quite get close enough to pass him, the Swiss rider going on to take the final podium spot. Rins finished fourth, an outstanding result on his debut in Moto2.
|9||96||Louis Rossi||Tech 3||20.914|
|13||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||25.573|
|16||23||Marcel Schrotter||Tech 3||34.561|
|88||Ricard Cardus||Tech 3||1 Lap|
|95||Anthony West||Speed Up||11 Laps|
|3||Simone Corsi||Kalex||17 Laps|
|1||Tito Rabat||Kalex||17 Laps|
|39||Luis Salom||Kalex||17 Laps|
|49||Axel Pons||Kalex||17 Laps|
|22||Sam Lowes||Speed Up||18 Laps|
Results and summary of the Moto3 race:
Alexis Masbou has converted his pole position into victory at the first race of the year. The season opener turned into a typical Moto3 slugfest, with a group of 18 riders battling for the lead for most of the race, from which the Frenchman snatched victory in the final meters of the race.
The combination of a closely matched field and Qatar's long straight meant that the field stuck together, the slipstreaming down the straight allowing groups to catch the front runners whenever they formed. At the front of the leading group, the same names kept cropping up: Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez from the Leopard Racing team, Alexis Masbou from Saxoprint RTG, the two Italian riders, Enea Bastianini and Pecco Bagnaia, while the two Estrella Galicia youngsters, Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro were in the mix as well.
Kent tried to break the group a number of times, by taking the lead and pushing into the 2'06s, but each time he would be caught along the straight. Whenever Bagnaia or Bastianini took over, they would get involved in individual dogfights, holding up the group and allowing its numbers to swell again.
On the penultimate lap, Quartararo took over at the front, the French rookie showing astonishing speed on his debut, but he was caught and passed by Efren Vazquez over the line. Vazquez collected a small group behind him, consisting of Kent, Masbou, Bastianini, Bagnaia, Quartararo and Navarro, but a mistake by Quartararo took him and Bagnaia out of the equation.
Bastianini took over the lead, and looked like holding on to it to the line, but Masbou got the run out of the final corner and used the Italian's draft to just slip past him at the line. Bastianini had to settle for second, while Danny Kent ended the race in third.
|5||Romano FENATI||KTM||1 Lap|
|11||Livio LOI||Honda||8 Laps|
|76||Hiroki ONO||Honda||10 Laps|
|2||Remy GARDNER||Mahindra||10 Laps|
|31||Niklas AJO||KTM||17 Laps|
|17||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'57.365||1.546||0.332|
|19||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'57.633||1.814||0.123|
|22||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'57.836||2.017||0.001|
|24||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'58.142||2.323||0.143|
|2||22||Sam Lowes||Speed Up||2'00.668||0.119||0.119|
|11||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||2'01.401||0.852||0.178|
|16||23||Marcel Schrotter||Tech 3||2'01.808||1.259||0.154|
|19||95||Anthony West||Speed Up||2'02.156||1.607||0.262|
|20||96||Louis Rossi||Tech 3||2'02.231||1.682||0.075|
|21||88||Ricard Cardus||Tech 3||2'02.256||1.707||0.025|
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Qatar:
Andrea Dovizioso has proved the worth of the Ducati Desmosedici GP15 by taking pole position at the bike's first outing. Dovizioso waited until the very end of a hectic session to depose Dani Pedrosa from the top spot, putting the Repsol Honda man into 2nd, ahead of reigning world champion Marc Marquez, who rounds out the front row.
The softer rear tire may have helped Dovizioso, but it did not work its magic for Andrea Iannone, the second factory Ducati rider coming up short and ending 4th on the grid. Iannone sits in front of another Ducati, the Pramac bike of Yonny Hernandez. Hernandez used a tow from Marquez and teammate Danilo Petrucci to catapult himself to 5th on the grid. Petrucci was not so lucky, getting too close to Marquez and losing time, ending in 9th.
Jorge Lorenzo is the first of the factory Yamahas, starting the race from 6th, and the last place on the second row. He sits ahead of two more Yamahas, Bradley Smith starting from 7th on the Monster Tech 3 satellite bike, and Valentino Rossi from 8th on the second Movistar Yamahas. Petrucci rounds out the third row, while the Espargaró brothers head up the fourth row, Pol ahead of Aleix, and Cal Crutchlow down in 12th, after the LCR Honda man crashed during his second run on the bike.
Petrucci and Smith made it through to Q2 from Q1, after a thrilling battle which saw Scott Redding fall just shy of Q2. Redding starts from 14th.
Dovizioso's pole is the second for Ducati in five races, the Italian have started from pole at Motegi. Though the soft tire did not appear to offer the advantage which many feared, no doubt Dovizioso's pole will reignite the debate over Ducati having access to the softer rear. Until they win three races in the dry, however, it cannot be taken away from them.
|To Q2||9||Danilo Petrucci||Ducati||1'55.094|
|To Q2||38||Bradley Smith||Yamaha||1'55.235||0.141||0.141|
|16||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'55.729||0.635||0.125|
|18||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'55.791||0.697||0.035|
|23||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'56.454||1.360||0.167|
|24||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'56.793||1.699||0.339|
Andrea Iannone ended the final session of free practice at the top of the timesheets, leading Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso to a Desmosedici 1-2. Marc Marquez was the only other rider to get close, ending the session just over a quarter of a second slower than Iannone.
Jorge Lorenzo lead the Yamaha armada in 4th, the Movistar Yamaha man nearly seven tenths slower than Iannone, and ahead of Valentino Rossi, Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith. Cal Crutchlow ended eighth.
With FP4 being the best indication of race pace, and the last chance to work on race set up, everyone was out on race tires, mainly the medium rear. Dovizioso's race pace was surprising, as good as or better than that of Marquez. The Italian and the Spaniard appear to have the jump on the rest of the field.
|18||6||Stefan Bradl||Yamaha Forward||1'56.533||1.445||0.063|
|20||63||Mike Di Meglio||Ducati||1'56.855||1.767||0.144|
|22||76||Loris Baz||Yamaha Forward||1'57.346||2.258||0.473|
|23||15||Alex De Angelis||ART||1'57.641||2.553||0.295|
Results and summary of Moto2 qualifying:
Sam Lowes has taken his debut pole in the Moto2 class. The Speed Up rider built on his dominance shown throughout free practice to walk away with pole by a third of a second, despite a crash in the last 5 minutes of the session.
The battle for qualifying played out exactly as you would expect after free practice. Sam Lowes, Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat all battled for the top three slots, the lead swapping between the three. With fourteen minutes to go, Lowes upped the pace, setting a mark that neither Zarco nor Rabat would be able to match.
Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger entered the mix in the last 8 minutes, Cortese getting up to 3rd at one point, and joining Lowes, Zarco and Rabat under the two minute barrier, but in the end, Zarco and Rabat pushed past them, the Frenchman taking 2nd spot, and the reigning champion taking 3rd. Cortese heads up the second row, ahead of Folger and an impressive Xavier Simeon.
Alex Rins once again won the battle of the rookies, qualifying in 9th on his Moto2 debut, while Alex Marquez sits a row behind him in 12th. The two are separated by just over a tenth of a second.
|1||22||Sam Lowes||Speed Up||1'59.423|
|13||96||Louis Rossi||Tech 3||2'00.605||1.182||0.001|
|14||88||Ricard Cardus||Tech 3||2'00.713||1.290||0.108|
|17||23||Marcel Schrotter||Tech 3||2'00.948||1.525||0.104|
|21||60||Julian Simon||Speed Up||2'01.112||1.689||0.082|
|22||95||Anthony West||Speed Up||2'01.267||1.844||0.155|
Results and summary of Moto3 QP:
Alexis Masbou has taken his first ever pole in Moto3, posting a fast lap with four minutes of the session left, setting a mark nobody else could match.
Qualifying, was a tumultuous affair, teams working together to give each other tows and leapfrog past one another in pursuit of a fast lap. Miguel Oliveira led for a large part of the session, taking over from Niccolo Antonelli's early lead. Oliveira's lead came under sustained attack in the last ten minute so of the session, top slot changing hands several times before Masbou set a mark no one else could quite match. It was not for want of trying. In the last two minutes, Antonelli, Pecco Bagnaia, John McPhee, Andrea Locatelli and Miguel Oliveira all came close, setting faster times through the first three sectors, but losing too much in the final sector to beat the Frenchman.
Masbou's pole came with help from some teamwork, but it was the teamwork of a rival team, the Red Bull KTM riders working for their own times, but Masbou cleverly using the opportunity to pull out of the slipstream and across the line first.
Isaac Viñales took 2nd, just seven hundredths behind Masbou, while Niccolo Antonelli takes the last slot on the front row. Pecco Bagnaia heads up row two, with John McPhee beside him, and Fabio Quartararo in 6th, an impressive result from the French youngster. Quartararo had been riding with his teammate Jorge Navarro in pursuit of a fast lap, but ended up trying to set a lap on his own, losing out down the front straight.