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MotoGP Qatar Results 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez opened up his 2014 MotoGP World Championship title defense with a thrilling victory at Qatar. The Honda ace beat Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi by two-tenths of a second at the checkers. Marquez’s teammate, Dani Pedrosa, rounded out the podium.



The battle at Losail proved hazardous for a number of riders, first among them Rossi’s factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo. The 2012 MotoGP champ flew off the start from the second row to take the lead through the opening turns, but mid-lap on the first rotation Lorenzo lost control of his M1 and went down. His bike was inoperable after the incident, though luckily he escaped without serious injury.

"I made a mistake, it was a long time ago that I last did that in a race," said Lorenzo. "We are not perfect; we are only human and sometimes we make mistakes. The tires were different to last year and the temperature of the tarmac was a little colder. I didn’t take these circumstances into account and I was too fast into the corner when the front and rear tire were not ready yet."

After Lorenzo’s off, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl took over the front followed by Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith in second and Marquez in third. Marquez pushed past Smith on the second lap and proceeded to trail Bradl through the initial portion of the race. Position shifts behind the two front-runners were numerous, with Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone holding to fourth until Lap 2 when a crash forced him to regroup near the back of the pack. Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista pushed his way up the ranks, reaching fourth after Iannone’s off followed by Rossi, Pedrosa and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Four laps in Bautista made a move past Smith for third-place, and was able to hold close to Marquez in a bid for the runner-up spot. The following lap Rossi passed Smith as well and proceeded to close a small gap to catch the lead pack.

Bautista was tenacious behind Marquez and when the Repsol rider ran wide in Turn 1 five laps in, Bautista slipped into second-place. The two battled briefly as Marquez fought to answer back, which the defending MotoGP champion finally did when Bautista ran wide himself after a big rear-end wobble one lap later. Bautista’s mistake also allowed Rossi to close-in tight and make an attempt at third, but the Gresini rider held-fast to podium position. Another mistake soon after sent Bautista wide again and Rossi was able to slip by easily podium position.

Pedrosa, meanwhile, was climbing up the ranks, passing Bautista soon after Rossi to take over fourth. Bautista and Smith didn't give up though and stayed within sight of the lead pack as the race reached mid-point.



Rossi began challenging Marquez for second with 15 laps remaining and the two swapped position a few times behind Bradl, who continued his smooth ride in the lead.

Bradl’s hopes of a win were then cut short when he lost control of the machine and went down. Marquez took over the front but was passed by Rossi halfway through the race. Rossi defended well against Marquez for a number of laps, but with nine to go the Repsol rider moved ahead of The Doctor to retake the lead. Behind, Pedrosa and Bautista held close to the two front-runners, but neither was able to challenge for more than third-place late in the contest. Bautista made it past Pedrosa as the race wound down, but in the final laps the Gresini rider went down, handing third-place back to Pedrosa. Smith, who was holding steady in fifth, also went down in the final laps.



Rossi turned on the heat in the penultimate lap, going hard at Marquez for the lead. Rossi passed Marquez a handful of times during the second-to-last rotation, only to have Marquez answer back. It was an aggressive, heated battle between the two champions, providing an air of uncertainty to how the race would end.

Marquez charged ahead on the final lap however, closing the door on Rossi's attempt at a pass as they entered Turn 1 and maintaining a slight, but unclosable gap on the Doctor to the finish line.

"I'm very happy with the result today," said Marquez. "The 25 points are important but it’s also been an important race, because I was coming back from an injury that caused me to miss most of the pre-season. Also, this weekend there were a lot of riders up at the front, all with a great pace, and seeing how the race went, this win is a big one. The battle with Valentino was the best part of the race besides the win, I really enjoyed it!"

Thanks to the number of fallen riders throughout the race, NGM Moblie Forward Racing’s Aleix Espargaro jumped up to fourth by the finish. Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso took fifth followed by his teammate, Cal Crutchlow, in sixth. MotoGP rookie Scott Redding, Bautista’s teammate, grabbed seventh trailed by Drive M7 Aspar’s Nicky Hayden in eighth and Aleix’s teammate, Colin Edwards, in ninth.

MotoGP Qatar Results 2014
1. Marc Marquez (Honda)
2. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
4. Aleix Espargaro (Forward-Yamaha)
5. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
6. Cal Crutchlow (Ducati)
7. Scott Redding (Honda)
8. Nicky Hayden (Honda)
9. Colin Edwards (Forward Yamaha)
10. Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
11. Hiroshi Aoyama (Pramac Racing)
12. Yonny Hernandez (Ducati)
13. Karel Abraham (Honda)
14. Danilo Petrucci (ART)
15. Broc Parkes (PBM)
16. Michael Laverty (PBM)
17. Mike Di Meglio (Avintia)

2014 MotoGP Championship Points
1. Marc Marquez, 25
2. Valentino Rossi, 20
3. Dani Pedrosa, 16
4. Aleix Espargaro, 13
5. Andrea Dovizioso, 11
6. Cal Crutchlow, 10
7. Scott Redding, 9
8. Nicky Hayden, 8
9. Colin Edwards, 7
10. Andrea Iannone, 6


2014 MotoGP Qatar Photos

2014 MotoGP Qatar podium with Marc Marquez  center  in first  Valentino Rossi  left  in second and Dani Pedrosa  right  in third. Valentino Rossi started work for the opening round of the 2014 MotoGP season during Free Practice 1 in Qatar. Jorge Lorenzo struggled with grip issues during practice in Qatar  but made it through to Q2 with the seventh-fastest time.
The lead pack in Qatar remained four-strong until the final laps. Aleix Espargaro maintained his fast pace through all three practice sessions in Qatar  earning a bid straight through to Q2. Cal Crutchlow taking his first laps of the opening round of MotoGP 2014 at Losail.
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Valentino Rossi
Who is the most popular MotoGP racer in the world? Valentino Rossi. Learn more about Valentino Rossi in Motorcycle USA's Valentino Rossi page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo has been a force in MotoGP since his 2008 debut, becoming one of the most dominant Grand Prix riders in the paddock with his 2010 and 2012 MotoGP championship victories. Find out more about Jorge Lorenzo by checking out Motorcycle USA's Jorge Lorenzo page for career highlights, a complete bio, and racing pictures.
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez made a huge debut in MotoGP and looks to further solidify his name among the greats. Learn about Marquez in Motorcycle-USA’s Marc Marquez bio page.
 

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Comments
kbikes   March 25, 2014 01:30 PM
bradl and lorenzo went down at exact same section of track. lorenzo appeared to slide onto a solid patch of paint. my impression was w/ the track at fault not the riders especially lorenzo.
CBRMan   March 25, 2014 09:38 AM
Danpan , how about you taking pedrosa's ride.......... Yeah I didn't think so.
sane87   March 24, 2014 02:45 PM
great race good to see some of the mid packers up front even do it was for a little while. Rossi is back in form great to see as well...cant wait for COTA
moto-pat   March 24, 2014 08:08 AM
I'm just happy I got to see it. I was worried FOX wasn't going to carry it this year and a good race it was. It was great to see Rossi battle for the front again.
DanPan   March 24, 2014 06:34 AM
My dream season final standing :
1 - Rossi, by lest then 5 points, then either retire or WSBK
2 - Marquez
3 - Lorenzo
4 - Hayden
5 - Edward

My dream.......
DanPan   March 24, 2014 06:31 AM
Awesome race.......
And again Pedrosa trailing behind... That seat should be givien to someone else....

And, like Thomboz said, MC-Usa, are you guys doing the samething like SPEED, not covering all the event......
thomboz   March 23, 2014 11:01 PM
Hey there MC USA, what happened all your usual pre-race stuff??? Hope you bring it back for the next race.
Gray22   March 23, 2014 07:08 PM
Great race, thank you Rossi and Marquez. There were a lot of crashes though, which I don't like to see. Fortunately I don't think any one got injured.