2014 MotoGP Qatar in Photos

March 25, 2014
Byron Wilson
Byron Wilson
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Byron's sure to be hunched over a laptop after the checkers are flown, caught in his own little version of heaven. Whether on dirt, street or a combination of both, MotoUSA's newest addition knows the only thing better than actually riding is telling the story of how things went down.

The opening round of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar was a thrilling start to the season, from NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro’s timesheet attack in practice to the final lap battle of Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. Read the 2014 MotoGP Qatar Results for a run-down on all the action.


Aleix Espargaro was fastest through all three practice sessions.

Nicky Hayden took 10th in Free Practice 1 in Qatar. Marc Marquez returned after six weeks off the bike  following a broken leg he suffered in the preseason  looking for speed here in Free Practice 1 in Qatar.

(Left) Nicky Hayden started from 13th on the grid.
(Right) Marc Marquez finding his pace after missing six weeks thanks to a broken leg.


Jorge Lorenzo was not pleased with the new 2014 Bridgestone rear tire in Qatar.

Valentino Rossi started work for the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season during Free Practice 1 in Qatar. Dani Pedrosa put up the sixth-fastest time in Free Practice 1 in Qatar.

(Left) Valentino Rossi qualified 10th on the grid. (Right) Dani Pedrosa stared from sixth in Qatar.


Jorge Lorenzo (99) led through the opening turns in Qatar, but overestimated his grip and suffered a big off in the first lap and subsequent DNF.

Following Jorge Lorenzos crash  Stefan Bradl took over the lead in Qatar. Valentino Rossi  46  led the MotoGP race in Qatar for a number of laps.

(Left) Following Jorge Lorenzo’s crash, Stefan Bradl took over the lead in Qatar.
(Right) Valentino Rossi led for five laps mid-race before Marc Marquez pushed past.

Ducatis Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finished fifth and sixth  respectively  in Qatar. Bradley Smith was on pace to earn a top-five result early on  but suffered a crash in the final laps.

(Left) Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in Qatar.
(Right) Bradley Smith was on pace to earn a top-five result early on, but suffered a crash in the final laps.


The lead pack in Qatar remained four-strong until the final laps.


Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez waged a fierce battle for the lead in the final laps.


2014 MotoGP Qatar podium with Marc Marquez (center) in first, Valentino Rossi (left) in second and Dani Pedrosa (right) in third.

 

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