Qatar Grand Prix
Race Ended
Losail International Circuit - 18th March
Fastest Lap - A.Dovizioso 1:55.242
Rider Team Time FLs
5 1
Ducati Team 42:34.654 3 25
2 2
Repsol Honda Team +0.027 0 20
8 3
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.797 1 16
4 4
LCR Honda +2.881 2 13
3 5
Alma Pramac Racing +3.821 1 11
12 6
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +3.888 0 10
7 7
Repsol Honda Team +4.621 0 9
1 8
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +7.112 2 8
11 9
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +12.957 0 7
10 10
Alma Pramac Racing +14.594 0 6
16 11
Reale Avintia Racing +15.181 0 5
14 12
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +16.274 0 4
21 13
Angel Nieto Team +19.788 0 3
15 14
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +20.299 0 2
19 15
Angel Nieto Team +23.287 0 1
18 16
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +24.189 0 0
23 17
LCR Honda +24.554 0 0
20 18
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +31.704 0 0
13 19
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +34.712 0 0
17 20
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +37.641 0 0
24 21
Reale Avintia Racing +46.706 0 0
22 -
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Retired 0 0
9 -
Ducati Team Crashed Out 0 0
6 -
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Crashed Out 2 0
Live Commentary
Summary: The Qatar Grand Prix was a race to remember as Dovizioso out-dueled Marquez in the final corner of the final lap to win the season-opener! The race was led for the most part by Zarco but he faded to eighth by the end. Rossi, who signed a new two-year contract with Yamaha, finished third, overcoming a poor qualifying effort from eighth on the grid.

Crutchlow was the highest finishing independent rider, in fourth, while Petrucci rounded out the top-5.

Vinales finished sixth, holding off Pedrosa in seventh, after dropping down to 14th early in the race. Iannone was ninth for Suzuki while Miller rounded out the top-10 finishers.

That concludes our coverage for the weekend! Join us again in three weeks' time for the Argentine Grand Prix!
Lap 22: It's the final lap! Who will it be - Dovizioso or Marquez? Both riders wiggle in Turn 15 as they run at the absolute limit! Marquez THROWS it inside Dovizioso in the final corner but Dovi anticipates well and lets the Spaniard run wide, tucking back in time to retake the lead and hold it across the finish line! Rossi brings it home in P3. A stellar run after qualifying P8. Crutchlow is the highest finishing independent rider in P4 while Zarco finishes down in a bitterly disappointing P8 after leading most of the race.
Lap 21: Marquez is running right in Dovizioso's wheel-tracks. You just know he will mount a charge before the chequered flag! Zarco loses yet another position, down to P8 now as Pedrosa goes by. Rookie Syahrin is back up to P15, where he started.
Lap 20: Dovizioso, Marquez and Rossi are starting to break away now. It will likely be decided between them, unless they take each other out, that is! Petrucci dives under Zarco to move up to P6.
Lap 19: Crutchlow too has managed to get past Zarco. The Frenchman's dream of a first win probably will not come true this evening.
Lap 18: Watching a replay of Lorenzo's exit, something seemed to go catastrophically wrong with his Ducati, sending him off track and then down. Definitely a weekend to forget for the Spaniard, after a promising second half of 2017.
Lap 17: Zarco finally loses the lead as Dovizioso dives past into Turn 1, followed by Marquez. Then Rossi takes advantage of the Frenchman's disturbed rhythm and drops him down to P4. Is this it for Zarco? Have his tyres had enough?
Lap 16: Zarco continues to have the measure of the chasing pack. How long will the Frenchman hold out? Pol Espargaro is in the garage as gremlins continue to plague KTM this weekend.
Lap 15: So tightly packed are the top-6, that one might be forgotten for thinking it is a Moto3 race! Vinales is finally through on Iannone after a few laps of chasing the Suzuki rider. It has been a tough time for the Yamaha man after starting P12.
Lap 14: Rookie Thomas Luthi, making his MotoGP debut after moving up from Moto2 is down in P19 after starting P18 while fellow rookie and 2017 Moto2 champion Franco Morbidelli is having a very decent debut, riding on the cusp of the top-10 in P11.
Lap 13: Alex Rins is down! And elsewhere on the circuit, joining him in the gravel is Lorenzo! Both riders are okay but the race is getting to that point where rider or machine deficiences are coming into play. Marquez is back past Dovizioso into P2.
Lap 12: Dovizioso slipstreams past Marquez and ALMOST Zarco too and finds himself in P2 as Ducati chief Luigi Dall'Igna looks on with eyes round as saucers!
Lap 11: Rossi, focused on Zarco heading into Turn 1, fails to notice Marquez creeping alongside and loses P2 to the Spaniard. Dovizioso too gets by Rossi. Could #46 be having tyre trouble already?
Lap 10: Hafizh Syahrin is enjoying his first MotoGP race in P16. The Malaysian is the first from his nation to participate in the premier class.
Lap 9: Rossi looks to make a move on Zarco and once again, he has to tuck back in behind the Frenchman before Turn 1. Behind them, Marquez seems to have chosen a wait-and-watch approach. He, along with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, is on the hard front tyre so he will not be having as much front grip as the leaders at the moment but it could all change toward the end.
Lap 8: Rossi gets a run on leader Zarco but it's not enough and the year-old Yamaha holds off its factory counterpart into Turn 1! Dovizioso is upto P4, after a pass on Crutchlow.
Lap 7: Marquez's P3 is starting to come under threat now as Petrucci, a rider just as scrappy as him, starts peeking for an opening in the corners.
Lap 6: Rossi THROWS it inside Marquez to take over P2! Amazing ride from the veteran fan-favourite so far but we shall see what's what once the tyre wear comes into play towards the tail end of this race. He opted for softs, remember.
Lap 5: Rins dives inside Pedrosa in Turn 15 to take over P7. Nakagami is struggling down in P23. It's not been the best start to his rookie season.
Lap 4: While Rossi is romping up the order, his Yamaha teammate is languishing down in P14 after starting from P12. Crutchlow is up to P5 after dropping back a bit at the start.
Lap 3: Rossi outbrakes Pedrosa to crack the top-3! The Yamaha man's race pace is clearly belying his qualifying performance. Dovizioso had the quickest tour of the circuit that time by as he sets the fastest lap!
Lap 2: Zarco runs wide in Turn 16 and Marquez slips into the lead but NOT FOR LONG! Zarco slipstreams right back past him into Turn 1! Not bad for a year-old Yamaha chassis!
Lap 1: The red lights go out and the Qatar Grand Prix is GO!! Polesitter Zarco gets the hole shot despite a less than ideal launch! He leads the Repsol Honda duo of Marquez and Pedrosa through the opening corners.
Preview: Hello and welcome to the Losail International Circuit in Doha! It's a brand new season as we get ready to kick off our 2018 coverage with the Qatar Grand Prix. Built in 2004 and four years later, hosting the first night race in Moto GP history, the circuit has been a fixture on the calender ever since. It's a fairly technical layout with a good mix of varying speed corners but not much in the way of elevation changes. After a highly impressive rookie season last year, Zarco continued to impress on the Tech 3 Yamaha as he secured pole position at the end of qualifying and demolished the decade-old record set by Lorenzo. Could he finally secure that elusive first win tonight? Speaking of rookies, it's a fine crop this year, including 2017 Moto2 champion Franco Morbidelli, long-time Moto2 ace Thomas Luthi, along with Takaaki Nakagami, Hafizh Syahrin and Xavier Simeon! It promises to be an exciting start to season - tune in at 4 PM GMT!
Temp: 24°C
Forecast: Clear
Track: Dry

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