Sunday, March 23, 2014

Movistar Factory Yamaha's Rossi 2nd, Lorenzo DNF in MotoGP Qatar Season-Opener

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Doha, Qatar
Grand Prix of Qatar
Dejà Vu as Rossi Storms to Second in Qatar
22:00 Local time GMT+3
Night Clear Night Clear TemperatureAir 20°C
Track 18°C
TemperatureHumidity 60%
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 Losail Circuit (Qatar), 23rd March 2014

Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi has opened the 2014 MotoGP season by taking his second consecutive second place finish at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar this evening.

The nine-time world champion made strong start from tenth on the grid, quickly closing down and passing several riders to take fifth by the end of the first lap. With rival Dani Pedrosa in pursuit, Rossi kept the pace up over the following laps, eventually passing Bradley Smith for fourth on the brakes going into turn one with 17 laps to go. Alvaro Bautista was the next to go as a determined Rossi moved up to third, keeping pole man Marc Marquez in his sights and engaging in the first of many fights with the young Spaniard.

One lap later race leader Stefan Bradl crashed out, promoting the two battling riders. Rossi then took the lead with a pass on Marquez on turn 15. The two remained less than half a second apart, with Marquez regaining the lead with nine laps remaining. He was unable to shake his rival off, Rossi keeping within a couple of tenths until the final laps where he made several attempts to snatch glory. A final move on turn four on the penultimate lap was quickly taken back by Marquez, leaving Rossi to cross the line in second, just 0.259 seconds behind.

The result gives Rossi 20 points and second place in the standings as the championship starts.

Teammate Jorge Lorenzo had a disastrous start to his 2014 Championship tonight, crashing out of the Qatar Grand Prix on the first lap. Lorenzo made a trademark stunning start from fifth on the grid to grab the holeshot into turn one, leading the GP pack. His luck was not to last, a cold front tyre causing a low side crash just a couple of turns later and ending his race. He was luckily able to walk away without any major injuries and will be fit and ready for the next round in Texas in three weeks time.
46Valentino Rossi
2nd / +0.259 / 22 laps
"I’m very happy but a little bit upset because I lost. Marc is very strong and I enjoyed very much the whole race. It was a great race, very funny from the beginning, I started from behind and I had to risk in the first laps. I was very precise and didn't make any mistakes. At the end I played my card with Marc but he was stronger than me so he won and he deserved it. It’s the first time it looked like an old race from MotoGP from ten years ago, all together on the same pace, some mistakes, going wide and so on. Maybe Dorna had a great idea! The Yamaha is always good in Qatar and I worked very hard in the practice for the race. I’m very happy with the work of my team and the bike was great in the race too. But anyway I am so happy for this start to the year, now we have to continue like this. Usually Jorge is so fantastic and so strong in the first laps so I don't understand what the mistake was.”
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo
99Jorge Lorenzo
NDF / / laps

“I made a mistake, it was a long time ago that I last did that in a race! We are not perfect; we are only human and sometimes we make mistakes. The tyres 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 tyre were not ready yet. It's a pity to lose so many points with Marc and Valentino and Dani who are the favourites. Valentino demonstrated that the Yamaha can fight even with these tyres and the championship is very long so lets see what happens in Austin.”
Team DirectorMassimo MeregalliMassimo Meregalli
Team Director
“Not a good beginning of the season. The pace was finally good after a couple of days testing. Our target was to have a good start but not go crazy and push a lot because we knew it was quite slippery. Jorge lost the front very suddenly like Bautista and Bradl did so I think it was a tricky point of the track and it caught him out. We have to look forward and I think its good to see that even with problems we are able to find solutions which is a positive point.”
Team ManagerWilco ZeelenbergWilco Zeelenberg
Team Manager

“This race has a double face. It has been a great pity for Jorge to crash when he was leading, for sure he was pushing hard as he is used to do and a mistake can happen. The other face has been a fantastic race Vale started from the fourth row, I always thought it was going to be a tough for him just to think of the podium because of this, but he made an impressive race with many overtakes. At a certain point I thought we could even win but anyway second place is a great success. For me the most important thing is that step-by-step we were able to recover the gap we had starting from the first practice. We never gave up and always pushed and were able to deliver the pace we did.”
The extended imagery from today's race at the Losail Circuit (Qatar) is available on
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team42'40.561
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP+ 00.259
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team+ 3.370
4.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing+ 11.623
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team+ 12.159
6.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team+ 28.526
7.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini+ 32.593
8.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar+ 32.628
9.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing+ 39.547
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing+ 43.360
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar+ 46.595
12.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing+ 46.688
13.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing+ 50.581
14.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project+ 1'03.127
15.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'14.386
16.Michael Laverty (GBR)Paul Bird Motorsport+ 1'32.593
17.Mike Di Meglio (FRA)Avintia Racing+ 1'36.085
18.Alvaro Bautista (SPA)Go&Fun Honda GresiniNot classified (2 laps)
19.Bradley Smith (GBR)Monster Yamaha Tech3Not classified (4 laps)
20.Pol Espargarò (SPA)Monster Yamaha Tech3Not classified (5 laps)
21.Stefan Bradl (GER)LCR Honda MotoGPNot classified (14 laps)
22.Hector Barbera (SPA)Avintia RacingNot classified (18 laps)
23.Jorge Lorenzo (SPA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGPNot classified (0 laps)
1.Marc Marquez (SPA)Repsol Honda Team25
2.Valentino Rossi (ITA)Movistar Yamaha MotoGP20
3.Dani Pedrosa (SPA)Repsol Honda Team16
4.Aleix Espargaro (SPA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing13
5.Andrea Dovizioso (ITA)Ducati Team11
6.Cal Crutchlow (GBR)Ducati Team10
7.Scott Redding (GBR)Go&Fun Honda Gresini9
8.Nicky Hayden (USA)Drive M7 Aspar8
9.Colin Edwards (USA)NGM Mobile Forward Racing7
10.Andrea Iannone (ITA)Pramac Racing6
11.Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN)Drive M7 Aspar5
12.Yonny Hernandez (COL)Energy T.I. Pramac Racing4
13.Karel Abraham (CZE)Cardion AB Motoracing3
14.Danilo Petrucci (ITA)Came Iodaracing Project2
15.Brok Parkes (AUS)Paul Bird Motorsport1
Technical Informations
LocationDoha, Qatar
Length (m)5380
Width (m)12
Turns righ10
Turns left6
Pole positionleft
Grand Prix of Qatar
Record Lap
Time 1'55.153
Best Lap
Time 1'53.927
2012 Results
1st J.Lorenzo (Yamaha): 42'39.802
2ndV.Rossi ( Yamaha): +5.990
3rdM.Marquez (Honda): +6.201
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