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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.