Qatar Grand Prix
Race Ended
Losail International Circuit - 26th March
Fastest Lap - J.Zarco 1:55.990
Rider Team Time FLs
1 1
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 38:59.999 1 25
5 2
Ducati Team +0.461 1 20
10 3
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +1.928 1 16
3 4
Repsol Honda Team +6.745 1 13
7 5
Repsol Honda Team +7.128 0 11
15 6
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +7.661 0 10
6 7
OCTO Pramac Racing +9.782 0 9
16 8
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +14.486 0 8
18 9
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +14.788 0 7
8 10
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +15.069 0 6
12 11
Ducati Team +20.516 0 5
14 12
Reale Avintia Racing +21.255 0 4
20 13
Reale Avintia Racing +28.828 0 3
17 14
Pull and Bear Aspar Team +29.123 0 2
19 15
EG 0,0 Marc VDS +29.470 0 1
22 16
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +33.601 0 0
23 17
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +39.704 0 0
21 18
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +47.131 0 0
11 -
OCTO Pramac Racing Retired 0 0
13 -
Pull and Bear Aspar Team Crashed Out 0 0
2 -
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Crashed Out 0 0
4 -
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Crashed Out 3 0
9 -
LCR Honda Crashed Out 0 0
Live Commentary
Summary: A very exciting start to the 2017 Moto GP season saw Vinales win the Qatar Grand Prix, holding off Dovizioso and Rossi. The Spaniard bided his time, letting the hotshoes drop like flies at the start before surgically making his move late in the race and holding off the powerful Ducati of Dovizioso.

Marquez finished fourth, ahead of teammate Pedrosa. Aleix Espargaro was sixth, scoring the first ever top-6 finish for Aprilia.

Redding was seventh, Miller eighth, Rins ninth and Folger rounded out the top-10 in his debut.

The race was delayed 45 minutes due to weather but everyone in attendance were given a race they will not forget anytime soon.

Join us here again in three weeks time for the Argentine Grand Prix!
Lap 20: Onto the final lap we go. Who will come out on top? Vinales leads but will Dovizioso's Ducati grunt see him draw ahead of the Suzuki before the finish line? No chance for Dovi as VINALES TAKES THE WIN!
Lap 19: Vinales is back past Dovizioso in yet another lead change. How long can they keep it up like this? Not too long to go, just two more laps.
Lap 18: Dovizioso, having just put in his personal best, outbrakes Vinales with the tail stepping out on entry like a Moto2 bike! Rossi has lost a bit of steam, dropping back from this lead battle.
Lap 17: Meanwhile, behind the frantic back and forth lead battle sits a patient Rossi, no doubt studying the two young bucks in front of him and planning his move..
Lap 16: Vinales, in trying to hold off Dovizioso's power advantage down the pit straight, brakes too late and runs wide. Thus Dovi leads again. But it is Vinales who clearly has the edge in the corners as he retakes the lead. Petrucci has retired.
Lap 15: The Ducati's prevalent power advantage sees Dovizioso nearly take the sponsorship wraps off Vinales' Suzuki as he blows past back into the lead. Vinales must be groaning inside his helmet. A bit of a twitch from Dovizioso gives Vinales all the help he needs and the Suzuki is back past the Ducati.
Lap 14: As we predicted a few laps ago, Vinales having slowly creeped closer within Dovizioso, now mounts his charge and takes the lead convincingly from the Italian.
Lap 13: Rossi is through on Marquez for P3, who fights back immediately but to no avail. The crowd loves it, as the sea of yellow flags flutter wildly.
Lap 12: Vinales gets a good run this time and makes it stick past Marquez for P2. Rossi tries to sneak a peek too.
Lap 11: Rossi runs wide into Turn 1 and loses a bit of ground to the hotly contested three-way battle for P2. Iannone down! He throws away P3 after stepping out of the groove ever so slightly. Not a lot of happy faces in the Suzuki pit after that..
Lap 10: Iannone tries to dive up the inside of Marquez into Turn 1 but Marquez turns in and holds on to P2. Watching a replay of Crutchlow's crash, it looked like a possible mechanical failure.
Lap 9: Keep an eye on Vinales, who just set his personal best lap. The calm, analytical rider could mount a charge late in this race when it matters. Zarco says, "I have to calm down..", about his crash out of the lead.
Lap 8: Watching a replay of the start, we see Rossi was soundly thumped up the inside by Dovizioso heading into Turn 1. Both were very lucky to not wipe each other out. Bautista throws away P6 in the final corner. He is OK.
Lap 7: ZARCO DOWN His brilliant race comes crashing down as his Tech 3 Yamaha loses the front in Turn 2! Dovizioso is your new leader.
Lap 6: Rossi is now right on teammate Vinales' tail. Marquez's hot pace has fizzled out a bit as Dovizioso takes over the runner-up position.
Lap 5: Iannone, riding for Suzuki this year, is hounding ex-Ducati teammate Dovizioso through the turns. Crutchlow goes down! He has binned it in the gravel outside Turn 16.
Lap 4: Point to note, Zarco is on the Soft rear compound as opposed to the Medium front and back choice most of the riders opted for. Marquez with the new fastest lap, sounding the warning bell to Zarco. Rossi is back past Pedrosa and decisively this time.
Lap 3: Rossi snags P6 from Pedrosa after a laggy start and sets the fastest lap while at it. The two swap positions a few times after that and it is Pedrosa back ahead. Rabat with a horrible start to this race, having dropped from P8 to P18.
Lap 2: Lorenzo's error has dropped him all the way down to P16 but Zarco now leads and romping away into the distance. What a show from the 23 year old Frenchman in his debut race. Iannone retakes P2 from Marquez.
Lap 1: The red lights go out and the Qatar Grand Prix is GO!! Iannone with an incredible start. Vinales to P2 but not for long as Zarco takes it. Lorenzo runs wide and drops a few positions. Zarco wastes no time and dives past Iannone to lead his very first Grand Prix! Bautista to the inside of Rossi! The Italian holds him off, however.
Preview: Hello and welcome to the Losail International Circuit here in Doha as we get ready to kick off our 2017 Moto GP coverage with the Qatar Grand Prix. Built in 2004 and four years later, hosting the first night in Moto GP history, the circuit has been a fixture on the calender ever since. It comprises a good mix of varying speed corners without too many elevation changes.  Torrential wind and rain led to cancellation of qualifying, so Vinales will start from pole after determining the grid based on results of the three completed practice sessions on Thursday and Friday. Lining up alongside him on the front row will be Iannone and Marquez. The race has been delayed due to rain. The track's drainage system is unable to cope well, as we saw yesterday in qualifying. The new race start time is 6:30 PM GMT.
Temp: 21°C
Forecast: Clear
Track: Dry

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