MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2015 Qatar MotoGP Race: Battle Royal Crowning Glory Of Great Night's Racing

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 42'35.717
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 0.174
3 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2.250
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2.707
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 7.036
6 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 10.755
7 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 12.384
8 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 12.914
9 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 13.031
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 17.435
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 19.901
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 24.432
13 45 Scott Redding Honda 32.032
14 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 33.463
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 33.625
16 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 33.944
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 38.970
18 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 46.570
19 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 59.211
20 15 Alex De Angelis ART +1'14.981
21 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia +1'48.143
22 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 3 Laps
Not Classified
  17 Karel Abraham Honda 1 Lap
  43 Jack Miller Honda 1 Lap
Not Finished 1st Lap
  19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 0 Lap
 

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Deserved Victory After Incident-Packed Race

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 40'18.532
2 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 5.051
3 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 12.123
4 40 Alex Rins Kalex 12.202
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 14.385
6 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 14.413
7 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 14.471
8 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 18.541
9 96 Louis Rossi Tech 3 20.914
10 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 21.336
11 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 21.847
12 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 23.226
13 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 25.573
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 29.784
15 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 30.267
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 34.561
17 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 36.850
18 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 48.346
19 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 48.772
20 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 49.670
21 66 Florian Alt Suter +1'15.596
22 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex +1'15.641
23 51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter +1'21.693
Not Classified
  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
 

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: Victory Decided At The Line In Typical Moto3 Thriller

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.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 38'25.424
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 0.027
3 52 Danny KENT Honda 0.142
4 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 0.288
5 17 John MCPHEE Honda 0.693
6 32 Isaac VIÑALES Husqvarna 0.765
7 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Honda 0.772
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 0.773
9 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 0.909
10 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1.317
11 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Honda 1.546
12 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 1.608
13 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 1.869
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2.504
15 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 5.119
16 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 6.814
17 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 8.760
18 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Mahindra 9.259
19 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 11.385
20 95 Jules DANILO Honda 27.616
21 12 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 29.071
22 6 Maria HERRERA Husqvarna 29.266
23 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 29.436
24 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 29.485
25 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 29.770
26 53 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 46.295
27 91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 46.406
28 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM +1'04.409
29 61 Loris CRESSON KTM +1'40.606
Not Classified  
  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
Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez Edges Rossi And Lorenzo

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'55.819    
2 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.843 0.024 0.024
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.924 0.105 0.081
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'55.958 0.139 0.034
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'55.967 0.148 0.009
6 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.020 0.201 0.053
7 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'56.153 0.334 0.133
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'56.188 0.369 0.035
9 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'56.204 0.385 0.016
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'56.361 0.542 0.157
11 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'56.385 0.566 0.024
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'56.750 0.931 0.365
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'56.753 0.934 0.003
14 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'56.812 0.993 0.059
15 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'57.001 1.182 0.189
16 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'57.033 1.214 0.032
17 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 1'57.365 1.546 0.332
18 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'57.510 1.691 0.145
19 15 Alex De Angelis ART 1'57.633 1.814 0.123
20 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'57.645 1.826 0.012
21 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'57.835 2.016 0.190
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'57.836 2.017 0.001
23 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'57.999 2.180 0.163
24 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'58.142 2.323 0.143
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'59.460 3.641 1.318
Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto2 Warm Up Result: Zarco Leads Lowes

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 2'00.549    
2 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 2'00.668 0.119 0.119
3 1 Tito Rabat Kalex 2'00.706 0.157 0.038
4 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'00.817 0.268 0.111
5 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 2'00.854 0.305 0.037
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2'00.923 0.374 0.069
7 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 2'00.948 0.399 0.025
8 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 2'00.966 0.417 0.018
9 39 Luis Salom Kalex 2'01.024 0.475 0.058
10 40 Alex Rins Kalex 2'01.223 0.674 0.199
11 60 Julian Simon Speed Up 2'01.401 0.852 0.178
12 3 Simone Corsi Kalex 2'01.529 0.980 0.128
13 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 2'01.559 1.010 0.030
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 2'01.598 1.049 0.039
15 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 2'01.654 1.105 0.056
16 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 2'01.808 1.259 0.154
17 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 2'01.880 1.331 0.072
18 49 Axel Pons Kalex 2'01.894 1.345 0.014
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
22 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 2'02.281 1.732 0.025
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 2'02.466 1.917 0.185
24 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 2'02.590 2.041 0.124
25 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 2'02.811 2.262 0.221
26 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 2'03.269 2.720 0.458
27 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 2'03.572 3.023 0.303
28 66 Florian Alt Suter 2'03.929 3.380 0.357
29 51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter 2'03.946 3.397 0.017
30 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 2'04.490 3.941 0.544
Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto3 Warm Up Result: Oliveira Leads Kent And Binder

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'07.082    
2 52 Danny KENT Honda 2'07.097 0.015 0.015
3 41 Brad BINDER KTM 2'07.337 0.255 0.240
4 76 Hiroki ONO Honda 2'07.392 0.310 0.055
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 2'07.411 0.329 0.019
6 7 Efren VAZQUEZ Honda 2'07.613 0.531 0.202
7 10 Alexis MASBOU Honda 2'07.633 0.551 0.020
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 2'07.671 0.589 0.038
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 2'07.692 0.610 0.021
10 32 Isaac VIÑALES Husqvarna 2'07.698 0.616 0.006
11 11 Livio LOI Honda 2'07.704 0.622 0.006
12 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Honda 2'07.795 0.713 0.091
13 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'08.013 0.931 0.218
14 98 Karel HANIKA KTM 2'08.157 1.075 0.144
15 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 2'08.199 1.117 0.042
16 55 Andrea LOCATELLI Honda 2'08.273 1.191 0.074
17 58 Juanfran GUEVARA Mahindra 2'08.341 1.259 0.068
18 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra 2'08.405 1.323 0.064
19 31 Niklas AJO KTM 2'08.485 1.403 0.080
20 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra 2'08.493 1.411 0.008
21 5 Romano FENATI KTM 2'08.579 1.497 0.086
22 19 Alessandro TONUCCI Mahindra 2'08.592 1.510 0.013
23 95 Jules DANILO Honda 2'08.903 1.821 0.311
24 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 2'09.146 2.064 0.243
25 91 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 2'09.152 2.070 0.006
26 2 Remy GARDNER Mahindra 2'09.194 2.112 0.042
27 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 2'09.456 2.374 0.262
28 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra 2'09.463 2.381 0.007
29 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 2'09.582 2.500 0.119
30 53 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 2'09.799 2.717 0.217
31 12 Matteo FERRARI Mahindra 2'09.959 2.877 0.160
32 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 2'10.391 3.309 0.432
33 6 Maria HERRERA Husqvarna 2'11.320 4.238 0.929
34 61 Loris CRESSON KTM 2'12.328 5.246 1.008
Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Thrilling Qualifying Shakes Up Grid

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.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'54.113    
2 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'54.330 0.217 0.217
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'54.437 0.324 0.107
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'54.521 0.408 0.084
5 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'54.675 0.562 0.154
6 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'54.711 0.598 0.036
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'54.732 0.619 0.021
8 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'54.851 0.738 0.119
9 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'54.876 0.763 0.025
10 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'55.004 0.891 0.128
11 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'55.035 0.922 0.031
12 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.123 1.010 0.088
Q1 Times
To Q2 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'55.094    
To Q2 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'55.235 0.141 0.141
13 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'55.246 0.152 0.011
14 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'55.428 0.334 0.182
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'55.604 0.510 0.176
16 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'55.729 0.635 0.125
17 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'55.756 0.662 0.027
18 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'55.791 0.697 0.035
19 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'55.848 0.754 0.057
20 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'55.892 0.798 0.044
21 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'56.187 1.093 0.295
22 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'56.287 1.193 0.100
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
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'57.934 2.840 1.141

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar MotoGP FP4 Result: Ducatis Dominate, Marquez Follows

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. 

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'55.088    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'55.267 0.179 0.179
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'55.357 0.269 0.090
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'55.763 0.675 0.406
5 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.828 0.740 0.065
6 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'55.850 0.762 0.022
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'55.900 0.812 0.050
8 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'55.931 0.843 0.031
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1'55.963 0.875 0.032
10 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'55.967 0.879 0.004
11 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'56.057 0.969 0.090
12 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'56.062 0.974 0.005
13 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'56.097 1.009 0.035
14 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 1'56.291 1.203 0.194
15 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 1'56.327 1.239 0.036
16 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'56.367 1.279 0.040
17 43 Jack Miller Honda 1'56.470 1.382 0.103
18 6 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 1'56.533 1.445 0.063
19 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'56.711 1.623 0.178
20 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 1'56.855 1.767 0.144
21 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 1'56.873 1.785 0.018
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
24 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 1'57.865 2.777 0.224
25 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1'58.986 3.898 1.121

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Settled In Fierce Battle Despite Crash

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.

Results:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Speed Up 1'59.423    
2 5 Johann Zarco Kalex 1'59.755 0.332 0.332
3 1 Tito Rabat Kalex 1'59.813 0.390 0.058
4 11 Sandro Cortese Kalex 1'59.845 0.422 0.032
5 94 Jonas Folger Kalex 1'59.938 0.515 0.093
6 19 Xavier Simeon Kalex 2'00.232 0.809 0.294
7 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'00.284 0.861 0.052
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Kalex 2'00.396 0.973 0.112
9 40 Alex Rins Kalex 2'00.479 1.056 0.083
10 3 Simone Corsi Kalex 2'00.584 1.161 0.105
11 49 Axel Pons Kalex 2'00.593 1.170 0.009
12 73 Alex Marquez Kalex 2'00.604 1.181 0.011
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
15 39 Luis Salom Kalex 2'00.791 1.368 0.078
16 36 Mika Kallio Kalex 2'00.844 1.421 0.053
17 23 Marcel Schrotter Tech 3 2'00.948 1.525 0.104
18 30 Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 2'00.985 1.562 0.037
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 2'01.000 1.577 0.015
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 2'01.030 1.607 0.030
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
23 25 Azlan Shah Kalex 2'01.397 1.974 0.130
24 4 Randy Krummenacher Kalex 2'01.465 2.042 0.068
25 77 Dominique Aegerter Kalex 2'02.055 2.632 0.590
26 10 Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 2'02.589 3.166 0.534
27 51 Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter 2'02.817 3.394 0.228
28 70 Robin Mulhauser Kalex 2'03.052 3.629 0.235
29 2 Jesko Raffin Kalex 2'03.483 4.060 0.431
30 66 Florian Alt Suter 2'03.486 4.063 0.003

 

Race Details
Round Number: 
1
2015

2015 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Man Withstands General Assault

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.

Results.

  No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 10 Alexis Masbou Honda 2'06.170    
2 32 Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 2'06.237 0.067 0.067
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli Honda 2'06.245 0.075 0.008
4 21 Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 2'06.253 0.083 0.008
5 17 John McPhee Honda 2'06.254 0.084 0.001
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Honda 2'06.293 0.123 0.039
7 55 Andrea Locatelli Honda 2'06.323 0.153 0.030
8 44 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'06.378 0.208 0.055
9 52 Danny Kent Honda 2'06.426 0.256 0.048
10 7 Efren Vazquez Honda 2'06.465 0.295 0.039
11 11 Livio Loi Honda 2'06.551 0.381 0.086
12 9 Jorge Navarro Honda 2'06.574 0.404 0.023
13 41 Brad Binder KTM 2'06.729 0.559 0.155
14 98 Karel Hanika KTM 2'06.815 0.645 0.086
15 76 Hiroki Ono Honda 2'06.829 0.659 0.014
16 31 Niklas Ajo KTM 2'06.891 0.721 0.062
17 5 Romano Fenati KTM 2'07.099 0.929 0.208
18 95 Jules Danilo Honda 2'07.195 1.025 0.096
19 2 Remy Gardner Mahindra 2'07.235 1.065 0.040
20 40 Darryn Binder Mahindra 2'07.250 1.080 0.015
21 33 Enea Bastianini Honda 2'07.308 1.138 0.058
22 65 Philipp Oettl KTM 2'07.320 1.150 0.012
23 19 Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 2'07.325 1.155 0.005
24 58 Juanfran Guevara Mahindra 2'07.387 1.217 0.062
25 88 Jorge Martin Mahindra 2'07.459 1.289 0.072
26 84 Jakub Kornfeil KTM 2'07.602 1.432 0.143
27 91 Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 2'08.035 1.865 0.433
28 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 2'08.040 1.870 0.005
29 16 Andrea Migno KTM 2'08.350 2.180 0.310
30 12 Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 2'08.497 2.327 0.147
31 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 2'08.753 2.583 0.256
32 6 Maria Herrera Husqvarna 2'09.431 3.261 0.678
33 53 Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 2'09.757 3.587 0.326
34 61 Loris Cresson KTM 2'13.015 6.845 3.258

 

Race Details
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