2013 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Lorenzo Leads Yamaha Clean Sweep

Jorge Lorenzo has gotten the defence of his 2012 MotoGP title off to a strong start, topping the first session of free practice for the class at Qatar. The Spaniard leapt to the top of the timesheets with a late charge, after his teammate Valentino Rossi led for much of FP1. Lorenzo took over from Cal Crutchlow, after the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider briefly led the session. Rossi completed a Yamaha clean sweep of the top three spots, the three bikes separated by just 0.071 seconds.

Marc Marquez took 4th place, the Spanish rookie living up to expectations on the Repsol Honda, though Marquez was over half a second slower than Rossi. Andrea Dovizioso gave hope to Ducati, putting the factory machine into 5th, just over eight tenths behind Lorenzo, and just ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Honda. Stefan Bradl finished a fraction behind Bautista on the LCR Honda, and ahead of Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man clearly struggling with grip, running off the track a number of times during the session.

Aleix Espargaro put in a strong performance to take 9th, ending just 1.1 seconds behind Lorenzo, and ahead of three factory protoypes. Nicky Hayden rounded out the top ten, 1.2 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Pedrosa was not the only rider to run off the track. The dust which has been blown onto the track from a nearby construction site made the track treacherous once off line, causing a lot of riders trouble. Only Yonny Hernandez crashed, though, binning his Aprilia ART but walking away unhurt.


Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'56.685    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'56.743 0.058 0.058
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.756 0.071 0.013
4 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'57.276 0.591 0.520
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'57.538 0.853 0.262
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'57.601 0.916 0.063
7 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'57.670 0.985 0.069
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'57.749 1.064 0.079
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'57.843 1.158 0.094
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'57.926 1.241 0.083
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'58.369 1.684 0.443
12 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'58.559 1.874 0.190
13 11 Ben SPIES Ducati 1'58.575 1.890 0.016
14 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'59.608 2.923 1.033
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'59.633 2.948 0.025
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'59.758 3.073 0.125
17 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 2'00.341 3.656 0.583
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 2'00.426 3.741 0.085
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'00.563 3.878 0.137
20 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 2'01.227 4.542 0.664
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 2'01.438 4.753 0.211
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'01.942 5.257 0.504
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'02.079 5.394 0.137
24 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'02.135 5.450 0.056


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For what it matters (nothing) and for the fun of it the Ideal Time of Aleix is in front of Dani! It's evident that Pedrosa need to sort it out, hopefully he'll be fun come race day.

....nearby ?? Really ?? Wind or no wind....what fantastic organisation. Couldn't possibly take 2 days off and give the (often sandy anyway) track a chance to come good and give the racers a reasonably safe set of conditions ?

Top three separated by .071 of a second. Crutchlow popping up there in the closing minutes, Lorenzo coming back in the last minute. Rossi staying with the top time for most of the session. Pedrosa and Marquez slower.

The BIG surprise for me was Dovisioso. I think he could have bettered his time if he had not been blocked on his last lap at the checkered flag. I am gaining more and more respect for this guy. The Ducati clearly is not a good bike. But his result speaks for itself. He was up on his own best time before coming into I believe the last turn coming up behind another rider.

How can he lap slower than Dovi? He's had how much time to adapt to that bike?? He gets beat by a CRT bike in FP1 today. He should be ashamed. This is one track that the Ducati likes to go well due to the poor grip conditions. This will be his last year on a prototype bike.

This was FP1. Hayden, like most everyone else, is still dialing in settings. I'll start scratching my head at Hayden if he's consistently slower than Dovi the entire weekend though.

I'm under the impression that Dovi has been searching for outright lap pace rather than race pace during the offseason. Being close for one lap doesn't necessarily mean he won't be 30+ seconds down at the end of the race like the Ducati's have been the past few years. Not to take anything away from him, it is really refreshing to see them in the ballpark finally, but just throwing a big fat grain of salt in there...

Nicky was only 0.5 off top spot last year after FP1 so Dovi is hardly setting the world on fire.. Besides Nicky then lost time in every single session after that.. Rossi the best consistency well well WTF is that all about..? Was Jorge a little bit rattled?? Dani hasn't turned a wheel in anger yet I suspect, speaks volumes about how confident he is concerning Jorge, but seeing Rossi that quick will have him thinking a little more tonight....Great one lap effort from Cal but his pace is some way off yet.. Early days of course..

Brilliant start at Qatar, Aliex up among the prototypes and Crutchlow and Dovi really strong as well.
Lorenzo seems to have it well under control though.

Just one more comment on Yamaha's engine lease deal. It struck me that any of the CRT team's (especially the ART teams) could pay way more to run the Yamaha lease engine and IF they get it to work in their chassis they might finish in the same position as they are now!