MotorcycleDaily.com – Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews

Motorcycle News, Editorials, Product Reviews and Bike Reviews

Yamaha Racing MotoGP Race Recap & Results – Qatar

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo kicked off the defence of his title tonight in the best possible way, delivering a flawless ride under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit to take a perfect victory in the Grand Prix of Qatar. Lorenzo put the hammer down from pole position, taking the hole-shot into turn one and never looking back. He remained untouchable throughout, dispatching the 22 laps in isolation with trademark efficiency to claim his first victory of the season and add 25 Championship points to his 2013 title bid.

Valentino Rossi proved he still hasn’t lost his magic in tonight’s race, thrilling fans with a sensational run to claim second on the podium, completing a Yamaha Factory Racing one-two finish with his teammate Lorenzo. Rossi made sure his first race back with Yamaha was one to be remembered, having started from seventh on the grid he quickly moved up to fourth only to mistime a pass on Andrea Dovizioso and drop back to seventh again. By lap eight he was charging back up the field, closing down a gap of over three seconds to catch the podium battle and join the fight for Qatar honours. The nine-time World Champion dispatched fellow Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow and Honda rival Dani Pedrosa before entering into a fantastic duel with MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez in the final laps for second place. Rossi emerged from the battle the victor, crossing the line in second position just under six seconds behind Lorenzo to take 20 Championship points.

Jorge Lorenzo 1st

“Half an hour before the race I felt a little bit nervous so I had to really concentrate and relax on the grid. I knew it was going to be difficult to open a gap but I had to try, I made a good start and pushed more than 100%. In the beginning it was hard to open the gap as Pedrosa didn’t want to let me get away, he tried to stay with me but after six or seven laps I opened the gap which made me more confident to keep my pace. I’m very happy for Yamaha and happy for Valentino as he has now passed two difficult years.”

Valentino Rossi – 2nd

“I’m more than happy, very happy indeed because it was my dream to come back with Yamaha. To arrive on the podium at the first race was my target from November and I put all my effort to arrive at the maximum here. It was a difficult weekend, especially yesterday in qualifying, but I know I had great pace so I tried to recover in the beginning but I made a mistake and I lost time. I had to do a great second part of the race and step by step I came close to my podium. In the end there was a great battle, especially with Marc for the second place. I’m so happy for me, for my team, for my friends and all my fans who stay with me through two difficult years and also for Yamaha, to start the season with first and second place is not so bad!”

Wilco Zeelenberg – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Manager

“What a terrific start to the season, we are of course very pleased with the result. There are 17 races to go and it looks like it will be a fantastic season. The first race is always quite important to get a little advantage and have a good feeling. To have your first win for Jorge and of course second with Vale is great for the team and for the spirit because it will be a long season as we know so for everybody it’s a big boost. We go to Austin now where we struggled a bit in the test but we have improved the bike already quite a bit. Hopefully we’ll be able to close the gap and have a good race there as well.”

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha Factory Racing Team Director

“I have to say that this weekend started very well and finished even better. We couldn’t expect anything more. We won the race with a big gap and we finished second with Vale after he made an incredible comeback. I think the team did a really great job since Sepang test one, making the bike better and better and I thin this result is the icing on the cake. Everyone put in a lot of effort so I have to make a big thank you to then all. This is the best way to start the season and we won’t give up to until the end.”

2013 MotoGP Qatar

Losail Circuit 02/04/2013

race I
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 42’39.802
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 0’05.990
3 Marquez Marc Honda ESP 0’06.201
4 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 0’09.473
5 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 0’18.764
6 Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 0’22.148
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 0’24.355
8 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 0’24.920
9 Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 0’37.124
10 Ben Spies Ducati USA 0’44.908
11 Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 0’49.809
12 Randy De Puniet ART FRA 0’56.495
13 Hector Barbera FTR ESP 1’09.599
14 Yonny Hernandez ART COL 1’10.742
15 Hiroshi Aoyama FTR JPN 1’13.600

MotoGP World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 1 of 18

1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 25
2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 20
3. Marquez Marc Honda ESP 16
4. Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 13
5. Cal Crutchlow Yamaha GBR 11
6. Alvaro Bautista Honda ESP 10
7. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 9
8. Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 8
9. Andrea Iannone Ducati ITA 7
10. Ben Spies Ducati USA 6
11. Aleix Espargaro ART ESP 5
12. Randy De Puniet ART FRA 4
13. Hector Barbera FTR ESP 3
14. Yonny Hernandez ART COL 2
15. Hiroshi Aoyama FTR JPN 1

Circuit Length:
5380

Lap Record:
1’55.537
(Casey Stoner, 1-1-2009)

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’53.927
(Jorge Lorenzo, 9-3-2008)

Last Years Winner:
Jorge Lorenzo

Manufacturer Standings

02/04/2013

1 Yamaha 25
2 Honda 16
3 Ducati 9
4 ART 5
5 FTR 3

Team Standings

02/04/2013

1. Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team 45
2. Repsol Honda Team 29
3. Ducati Team 17
4. Pramac Racing Team 13
5. Monster Yamaha Tech3 11
6. Go&Fun Honda Gresini 10
7. Power Electronics Aspar 9
8. Avintia Blusens 3
9. Paul Bird Motorsport 2