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Results and summary of a thrilling MotoGP race at Qatar:
Results and summary of a bizarre Moto2 race at Qatar:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Qatar:
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 and summary of Moto2 qualifying:
Results and summary of Moto3 QP:
Marc Marquez has topped the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Qatar. The Repsol Honda rider led from the start of the session, going on to improve his time as the session ended. However, the dominance he showed in previous sessions was very much at an end. In the final five minutes of FP3, almost everyone chased a fast time, cutting the gap to Marquez drastically. By the end of FP3, half a second covered the top 10, and the top 15 were all within a second of the Repsol Honda man.
It was Cal Crutchlow who got closest to Marquez, the LCR Honda rider getting with a tenth of a second of the Spaniard with a blistering lap. Andrea Iannone set the third fastest time, but more impressively, set it on a medium tire, rather than the soft the Ducatis are allowed to run. Iannone crashed in Turn 2 with ten minutes to go, leaving him no time to go out for another shot with the softer rear.
Sam Lowes has topped the third session of free practice for the Moto2 class, after a scintillating battle for supremacy with Johann Zarco. Lowes and Zarco kept pushing each other to the limits, swapping the lead all the way down to the wire. It was Lowes who ended up on top, the Speed Up rider finishing just ahead of the Ajo Racing man at the end of the session.
Tito Rabat took 3rd behind Lowes and Zarco, the reigning world champion becoming the third rider to break the two minute barrier. The gap was large, however: Rabat is three tenths slower than Zarco, and nearly half a second slower than Lowes. He is still a third of a second quicker than the man in 4th, however, Sandro Cortese ending the day three quarters of a second behind Lowes, and a couple of tenths ahead of Axel Pons.
Alex Marquez had a much better session in FP3, the reigning Moto3 champion starting to find his feet in Moto2. At one point, the Spaniard was up to 8th, before slipping down the field to 11th. Former teammate Alex Rins finished ahead of him once again, ending the session in 9th, after missing much of the first part of FP3 with clutch problems, an issue he shared with his HP Pons teammate Luis Salom.
Danny Kent has continued to impress in the Moto3 class, topping the timesheets of the final session of free practice. Kent and Miguel Oliveira swapped places at the top for most of the session, Kent eventually winning out with a very fast lap at the end.
Kent leads his Leopard Honda teammate Hirokl Ono, the Japanese rider making good use of a large group to jump up at the end, first to 4th, then to 2nd, pushing Miguel Oliveira down into 3rd, and the first of the KTM riders. John McPhee followed the Estrella Galicia riders around on his fast lap to get up to 4th, while Fabio Quartararo once again impresses at a track he has never seen, ending the session in 5th.
Marc Marquez has put some distance between himself and his rivals, topping the second session of free practice by nearly half a second. Marquez got a quick lap in early, then concentrated on race pace. Worryingly for his rivals, Marquez' race pace was mostly faster than 2nd place man Dani Pedrosa's best lap.
If the gap from 1st to 2nd was large, it was much closer behind Marquez. Dani Pedrosa was 0.447 behind his Repsol Honda teammate in 2nd, but the same gap covers 2nd place to Mike Di Meglio in 8th. In fact, an entire second covers Pedrosa in 2nd down to Stefan Bradl in 18th, showing just how tight the field is behind Marquez.
The group behind Pedrosa was illustrative of that. Andrea Dovizioso ended FP2 in 3rd, less than a tenth slower than Pedrosa. Dovizoso's GP15 once again sprouted wings, Ducati continuing to experiment with the anti-wheely devices, though only on the bike of Dovizioso. Cal Crutchlow put in an impressive lap on the LCR Honda to take 4th spot, just a few hundredths behind Dovizioso, while Andrea Iannone was just seven thousandths of a second slower than Crutchlow.
Sam Lowes continues to reign supreme in the Moto2 class at Qatar, leading the second session of free practice almost from the start and never being challenged. The Speed Up rider could not quite get under the two minute mark in FP2, but he was once again under Tito Rabat's pole record from last year.
Reigning champion Rabat ended the day second, a third of a second behind Lowes, and ahead of Johann Zarco this time. Axel Pons set the 4th fastest time, another third of a second behind Zarco, and over a second behind the pace of Lowes. Pons heads up a large group of close riders, with Taka Nakagami, Tom Luthi, Sandro Cortese and Xavier Simeon separated by tenth of a second, and Alex Rins another two tenths behind in 9th. Rins was once again impressive, faster than both his teammate Luis Salom, and the reigning Moto3 champion and former teammate Alex Marquez. Marquez ended down in 18th.
Miguel Oliveira dominated the second session of free practice for the Moto3 session. The Portuguese rider led by nearly half a second for most of the session, the chasing pack only closing the gap as the session wound down, only for Oliveira to open a gap again at the end.
Niccolo Antonelli ended the day in 2nd, just under two tenths behind Oliveira, with Isaac Viñales taking 3rd, over six tenths slower than the Red Bull KTM rider. Romano Fenati showed good pace in the second session, ending in 5th ahead of the deeply impressive Fabio Quartararo, the French rookie living up to expectations. Livio Loi was 7th fastest on the RW Racing Honda, just edging out Danny Kent, who had led FP1. Efren Vazquez and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top 10.