MotoGP 2013: Qatar race results

Lorenzo and Rossi make it a Yamaha one-two; debutant Marquez takes third

Posted: 8 April 2013
by Visordown
An apple a day didn't work for the Hondas...
Rossi is delighted to be back on the podium

A DOMINANT display by world champion Jorge Lorenzo saw the Spaniard win the 2013 season opener at Qatar, while Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi unleashed some of the old magic to take second. 

Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda took the remaining podium spot in his very first MotoGP race, ahead of team-mate and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa. 

Lorenzo, on pole, led from start to finish and crossed the line six seconds clear of the rest. But all eyes were on Rossi, returning to Yamaha after two years of drought with Ducati, and starting the race from a less-than-impressive seventh place. 

When he lost his line and ran wide attempting to overtake Andrea Dovizioso early in the race, it seemed that the nine-time world champion's fortunes had not turned - but Rossi proved his naysayers wrong with a commanding display to work his way back up through the pack and reel in the Repsol Hondas to take second place. 

Briton Cal Crutchlow, starting from second on the grid, finished fifth on his Monster Yamaha, while the Ducatis of Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden could only manage seventh and eighth positions. Bradley Smith crashed out on debut. 

Rossi said: '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 knew 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!'

MotoGP race results from Qatar

1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 42m 39.802s 

2. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 42m 45.792s 

3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 42m 46.003s 

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 42m 49.275s 

5. Cal Crutchlow (UK) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 42m 58.566s 

6. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 43m 1.950s 

7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 43m 4.157s 

8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 43m 4.722s 

9. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 43m 16.926s 

10. Ben Spies (USA) Ignite Pramac Racing 43m 24.710s 

11. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 43m 29.611s 

12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 43m 36.297s 

13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 43m 49.401s 

14. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 43m 50.544s 

15. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 43m 53.402s 

16. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Forward Racing 44m 9.246s 

17. Michael Laverty (UK) Paul Bird Motorsport 44m 14.143s 

18. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came Ioda Racing Project 44m 14.485s 

DNF:

Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Forward Racing

Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Ioda Racing Project 

Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda 

Bradley Smith (UK) Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini

Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing



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#46 Demonstrating that you don't suddenly become crap overnight, and Ducati demonstrating that they are still a second a lap adrift over race pace. In reality, probably more as Lorenzo was taking it easy at the end.

Brilliant start to the season, and easily the best Moto GP race I have seen in recent memory.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 11:18

Yes it was a good race, haven't been so enthused for a long time. I was informed that after Rossi passed someone that he stood it up and ran wide to avoid clipping the back of Pedrosa. Excellent recovery by Rossi and proves that he still has it. To pull a buffer on Marquez to avoid a second sliptream attempt was brilliant to watch. Must of been on the throttle alot to run out of fuel on the slow down lap.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 11:52

The Doctor is in the house, an amazing display of his skills.
Awesome race, good to see Marquez on the podium.

no comment from "kneedown elbow down ive crashed" lol

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 12:45

To all the Rossi haters - haha, the old boy still has it. It also goes to show that with him involved the excitement level of racing goes up a stack of notches.

Marquez - pure glass, the kid is gonna go places and also adds to the excitement level as he isn't scared to mix it up with legends.

It's gonna be a good season.

Finally - Casey? Casey who?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:23

Marquez is pure class, not pure glass as previously claimed by the idiot above!

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:24

The Doctor has shoved all the comments about being washed up down the throats of all those who talk c***.Good to see Marquez up there bringing some new blood and well done Crutchlow could see he was struggling with the pace of the Hondas on the straights.Looks good for the season.
Bring it on

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 13:47

AVE IT!


That is all.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 15:25

Epic racing, well done Rossi amazing performance to shut up all those doubters. Well done to Cal as well, great performance in spite of his machine not being quite as fast as the factory Hondas.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 16:17

How freaking sweet was that? Loved seeing the Yamaha 1-2, it's been a long time. I don't think Austin will be quite as kind to the guys in blue, but I'm enjoying this while I can. The Doctor definitely still has it, but I'm betting Marquez will pick up the first of many wins at the next race, those Hondas are screaming fast.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:55

Yamahas have shown to be better around Losail.

Fluke - if Stoner had've been on a third Repsol Honda - or even on Pedrosa's bike - the race would've been even more exciting. The notion that Moto GP is somehow better off without him is absurd.

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:32

Yeah, yeah, blah, blah. If Stoner had been there you would have heard his whining over the cheers of all the real race fans who had just enjoyed the first decent race for two years! Glad the moaning little twat is so far away no one can hear him any more.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:06

Crutchlow deserves a faster bike. Loved the irony of Rossi hitching a lift to the pits on the back of a Ducati. He seemed so happy. Great to see after all the disappointments of the past two years. Anyone for Assen, Mugello or Brno? We ride there. How about you?


Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:50

Viva La Figa!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:13

Great Race. Hope the season stays this exciting!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 01:36


h h
The folks who watch history talk about it. The folks who write about history talk about it. The folks who make history speak the loudest. If you want to go on talking about how stoner might have or Pedrosa would have, or Crutchlow should have or Marquez will have well then throw in a speculation of what the sadly missed Simoncelli could have and just keep talking. At Qatar: Lorenzo and Rossi did it. Here in Canada we have the thinking man's game, Curling, 'cuz if you stop thinking you will fall asleep like the last couple of years of moto gp. Now the doctor is back and whether you like him or not, moto gp is no longer a bobble head zombie parade..feels good again to be a fan..

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 03:28

I'm glad #46 did what he does best...

Marc is awesome and so is Crutchlow, Yamaha please update his bike.. please.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 05:14

I wasn't the one to bring up Stoner. Whatever.

It WAS good to see a competitive race. More competition would be better. Hear, hear Rodneys - give Crutchlow a bit more speed.

Most exciting race in two years? Steady on. You might note that Lorenzo won by the length of the straight. In World Superbike terms, that was the equivalent of drying paint!

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 08:50

Joel, did you actually see what was going on behind Lorenzo?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 10:55

I must admit, I didn't think Rossi was going to be on the podium this race. I had him down for 4th, but I'm very glad to have been proven wrong! Cal was right, give Lorenzo a second on the first lap and you'll never get it back, he's just too consistent!

Great debut from Marquez, such an awesome riding style, and those lean angles!!

I think Cal did incredibly well, but he needs to realise his bike isn't going to be capable of the same feats as a factory machine over race distance. He's the best satellite rider out there, but I'm worried he'll crash trying to take factory scalps, when he doesn't necessarily need to. He can try as hard as he wants, is he going to take a factory ride away from Lorenzo or Rossi? Not any time soon.

Got to admit, I think Pedrosa was a bit disappointing, given the speed advantage of the Honda I thought he would have won the race. And I don't care what everyone else says, or hates him as though he was somehow responsible for 3rd world poverty, I really miss Stoner from GP.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:33

This was a fantastic race! When Rossi mugged his way into second place I jumped out of my armchair yelling with delight! And Marquez? No following team rules like boring F1 but pure go for it or die racing! This is going to be a cracking season no doubt about it. But who will be champ at the end of it? It must be a bookie's nightmare...

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:42

First off. Marco would have won on Marquez' bike.

This race was a great example of qualifying meaninglessness.

VR's race craft is nearly without parallel, and he often ran the fastest race pace.

Pedrosa is a very, very good rider/racer. We'd all be thrilled to be in his place.

It is so sad that Spies let his mommy ruin his career. Good potential unrealized.

Cal would still have finished this race 5th on a factory bike. He may win the occasional race down the road on a factory bike though.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 15:31

Joel - you misread my post, I did not insinuate that Moto GP is better off without Stoner, I insinuated that Stoner was not missed. Big Difference.

However now that you mention it .......

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 18:36

Cal is gonna do good things. I'm on record now with that..

Stoner who??

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 21:12

N ever gave up on Rossi for the same reason.Don't like stoners attitude but fuckn unbelieveable rider.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 23:58

Same reason as DRENCHED.

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 23:59

Stoner ought to be missed on the basis that as a rider he is "a genius" to borrow a term from Filippo Preziosi. Nice personalities matter if you're a Lavalife member, not racing motorbikes.

Fluke, with respect, I'd argue there's not a BIG difference between the two. One could appreciate how they might be conflated.

Yeah, I saw everything that went on behind Lorenzo. Others might disagree, but I reckon there's a massive difference between fighting for a win and any other place. Watching Dovi and Cal compete last year was interesting, but not all that exciting.

With Lorenzo on the same machine and the Hondas showing speed, VR can't afford to piss about like he did or he'll find himself making up the numbers.

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 14:48

Stoner is a "genius"? He was remarkably fast rider but not really a racer. The best he could do was run away and hide as far as possible from the others, which did not make for entertaining racing. He will not be missed as there are far more talented riders just waiting for a chance to show what they can do on a works bike. Right, Marquez? Stoner's gone and surprise, that seems to have marked the end of two years mind numbingly tedious MotoGPs'.

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 16:37

Really enjoyed the race. I hope it's a sign of things to come this year, apart from Lorenzo fecking off into the distance of course. This might be unpopular, but I just can't see Cal stepping up to the next level and really racing with these guys. Speed issues aside, he just makes too many mistakes, especially when under pressure. The minute Rossi got anywhere near him he bottled it!

We can still hope, and hopefully he'll prove me wrong. I mean, Stoner was a bit of a crasher once upon a time...

Marquez is a class act, and a welcome addition to the grid.

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 21:45

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