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Dominant victory for Lorenzo under the Qatar floodlights

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The 2016 MotoGP World Championship got off to a fiery start in Qatar as Jorge Lorenzo blitzed the field ahead of Dovizioso and Marquez.

With new Michelin tyres and new unified electronics, the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar was set to not only start a new season of the MotoGP World Championship, but also begin a new era. Testing had given fans a preview of who was fast and what bikes were working well, but few had any idea what would happen as the lights went out on the first race of the 2016 season.

As the lights went out it was pole sitter Lorenzo who roared into the first corner ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa . It was a poor start for Pedrosa's Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez who dropped back outside the top five. After the opening corners, Lorenzo led with Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso behind, the Desmosedici GP again starting well in Qatar. Meanwhile Valentino Rossi looked on in fourth.

The top end speed of the Ducati proved a force to be reckoned with as both Iannone and Dovizioso blasted past Lorenzo on the straight, dropping the World Champion to third as they ended the first lap. At the back of the leading trio, Rossi stayed just ahead of Marquez as all five began to settle into their rhythms.
Andrea Dovizioso finished second to get his season off to a good start
It was Andrea Iannone who led across the line, both he and Dovizioso able to open up a lead of several tenths over the pursuing Yamaha pair. Meanwhile Pedrosa and Maverick Vi̱ales, sixth and seventh, attempted to close the gap. At Turn 6 on lap three Marquez slid up the inside of Rossi to grab fourth, Rossi dropped back slightly after the pass, 0.3s from Marquez.

Fastest lap after fastest lap couldn‰Ûªt split the top five, the Michelin tyres improving with each lap. On the sixth lap ‰Û÷Desmo Dovi‰Ûª tried to take the lead but was quickly pushed back by an aggressive move from his teammate, living up his nickname of ‰Û÷The Maniac‰Ûª but Dovizioso wasn‰Ûªt deterred and struck again later in the lap. Pushing harder and harder, Iannone suffered a fast fall at Turn 13 as he attempted to go up the inside of his teammate. Although he was unhurt, not finishing was a bitter pill to swallow. His fall was soon followed by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) who crashed out of the race at Turn 4.

With Iannone gone, Lorenzo took up the challenge and pushed Dovizioso hard for the lead. Dovizioso was regularly at least 5km/h faster down the straight than Lorenzo, but on lap nine the Majorcan struck and went into the lead. A small gap emerged, allowing Lorenzo to maintain his lead even down the straight.
Marc Marquez rounded out the podium with third
A string of fastest laps of the race followed as the Qatar GP entered the middle laps, both Lorenzo and Dovizioso exchanging fastest laps of the race. By mid race Lorenzo had an advantage of over 0.3s, working hard to stay ahead. Neither Marquez nor Rossi were able to make a serious impression on the leading pair, Rossi appeared to be fading away but then produced a 1‰Ûª55.281 on the 14th lap of the race. The Michelin tyres went the distance as riders throughout the field were setting personal bests and fastest race laps till the end.

As the race entered its final five laps, Marquez closed in on Dovizioso for second as Lorenzo maintained and extended a half second lead to a second. With four laps to go Marquez effortlessly slid up the inside of Dovizioso to move into second. Marquez tried to close in on Lorenzo but soon found himself in the company of Dovizioso and Rossi once more. As the riders charged down the straight to begin the final lap Dovizioso passed Marquez into Turn 1.
Winner Jorge Lorenzo leads Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi
Lorenzo would eventually cross the line a dominant 2.019s ahead of second, Dovizioso repeating his second place finish of 2015 after Marquez tried to pass in the last corner. The Spaniard settled for third with Valentino Rossi 0.1s behind in fourth.

We are there, in first position, without struggling and suffering and riding in the perfect way," Lorenzo said after tbhe race.

"For me, over all laps, this race has been one of the best of my whole career and that was why I was able to win and could make this little difference in the last three laps that gave me the victory. It was a little down and up with the tyres.

"We made the decision to put on the soft rear tyre, because with the hard one we couldn‰Û÷t be so fast. The harder compound should become better and better, but I think what happened was the opposite. The softer tyre should get worse and worse, but it was faster and faster so this little difference was the difference between me and Dovizioso and Marquez.

"I was surprised how fast my pace was towards the end of the race. I was sliding so much, but at the same time I was very smooth and concentrated and made no mistakes and that‰Û÷s why even with the pressure from Dovizioso, when I was at a margin of 0.4, .03, 0.5, I didn‰Û÷t get nervous and kept riding better and better. I feel very proud of my riding and my race and also the work of the team, because we put together the electronics and the setting of the bike in a very good way.
Valentino Rossi took home fourth from the opening GP
Dani Pedrosa completed the top five but was over 13 seconds back on the race winner.

Vi̱ales, Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) completed the top ten.

The fastest lap of the race went to Lorenzo who set a 1‰Ûª54.927 on the 20th lap.

There were further crashes for Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) and Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini). Both were unhurt.

Lorenzo leaves the opening race leading the championship with 25 points. The MotoGP World Championship are back on track on the first of April for Free Practice 1 of the Gran Premio Motul de la Rep̼blica Argentina.

Main Photo: Jorge Lorenzo:

Maverick Vi̱ales finished 6th, 15 seconds behind Lorenzo
Results: Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar - MotoGP
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 42'28.452
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati ITA 00'02.019
3 Marc Marquez Honda ESP 00'02.287
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 00'14.083
5 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 00'15.423
6 Maverick Vi̱ales Suzuki ESP 00'15.423
7 Pol Espargaro Yamaha ESP 00'18.629
8 Bradley Smith Yamaha GBR 00'18.652
9 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 00'21.160
10 Scott Redding Ducati GBR 00'24.435
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki ESP 00'35.847
12 Eugene Laverty Ducati GBR 00'41.756
13 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia ESP 00'41.932
14 Jack Miller Honda AUS 00'41.982
15 Tito Rabat Honda ESP 00'54.953

Results: Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar - Moto2
1 Thomas LUTHI SWI Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex 160.4 40'14.293
2 Luis SALOM SPA SAG Team Kalex 159.8 +9.610
3 Simone CORSI ITA Speed Up Racing Speed Up 159.8 +9.665
4 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Petronas Raceline Malaysia Kalex 159.5 +13.558
5 Dominique AEGERTER SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 159.3 +16.064
6 Danny KENT GBR Leopard Racing Kalex 159.3 +16.114
7 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 160.4 +20.047
8 Alex RINS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 159.1 +20.170
9 Sam LOWES GBR Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 158.9 +22.019
10 Luca MARINI ITA Forward Team Kalex 158.8 +24.249
11 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Leopard Racing Kalex 158.8 +24.254
12 Johann ZARCO FRA Ajo Motorsport Kalex 158.8 +24.570
13 Ratthapark WILAIROT THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 158.7 +25.664
14 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 158.6 +26.992
15 Sandro CORTESE GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 159.8 +29.736
16 Mattia PASINI ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 158.4 +30.404
17 Marcel SCHROTTER GER AGR Team Kalex 157.9 +38.446
18 Jesko RAFFIN SWI Sports-Millions-EMWE-SAG Kalex 157.4 +46.363
19 Isaac VIÌÔALES SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 157.4 +46.543
20 Robin MULHAUSER SWI CarXpert Interwetten Kalex 155.4 +1'18.323
21 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 Kalex 154.9 +1'25.002
22 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JPMoto Malaysia Suter 154.0 +1'39.572
Not Classified
Axel PONS SPA AGR Team Kalex 159.3 4 Laps
Xavi VIERGE SPA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 159.0 5 Laps
Xavier SIMEON BEL QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 159.1 6 Laps
Alex MARQUEZ SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex 149.9 14 Laps
Jonas FOLGER GER Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex 157.7 18 Laps
Julian SIMON SPA QMMF Racing Team Speed Up 146.6 19 Laps
Edgar PONS SPA Paginas Amarillas HP 40 Kalex 146.4 19 Laps

Results: Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar - Moto3
1 NiccolÌ_ ANTONELLI ITA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 152.0 38'12.161
2 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 152.0 +0.007
3 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra 152.0 +0.148
4 Romano FENATI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 152.0 +0.435
5 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 152.0 +0.606
6 Nicolo BULEGA ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 152.0 +0.625
7 Jorge NAVARRO SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 152.0 +0.674
8 Livio LOI BEL RW Racing GP BV Honda 151.9 +1.710
9 Philipp OETTL GER Schedl GP Racing KTM 151.5 +8.611
10 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 151.3 +10.947
11 Jules DANILO FRA Ongetta-Rivacold Honda 151.2 +12.379
12 Joan MIR SPA Leopard Racing KTM 151.2 +12.380
13 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Leopard Racing KTM 151.2 +12.401
14 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 151.2 +12.726
15 Aron CANET SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda 151.2 +12.784
16 Maria HERRERA SPA MH6 Laglisse KTM 151.2 +12.939
17 Andrea MIGNO ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM 150.9 +17.152
18 Hiroki ONO JPN Honda Team Asia Honda 150.9 +17.367
19 Gabriel RODRIGO ARG RBA Racing Team KTM 150.9 +17.451
20 Adam NORRODIN MAL Drive M7 SIC Racing Team Honda 150.9 +17.519
21 Andrea LOCATELLI ITA Leopard Racing KTM 150.9 +17.566
22 Khairul Idham PAWI MAL Honda Team Asia Honda 150.9 +17.608
23 Darryn BINDER RSA Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 150.0 +31.939
24 Alexis MASBOU FRA Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 150.0 +31.949
25 Juanfran GUEVARA SPA RBA Racing Team KTM 149.9 +32.120
26 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Gresini Racing Moto3 Honda 149.9 +32.333
27 John MCPHEE GBR Peugeot MC Saxoprint Peugeot 149.9 +32.547
28 Tatsuki SUZUKI JPN CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra 149.9 +32.812
29 Stefano VALTULINI ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra 149.8 +34.584
30 Karel HANIKA CZE Platinum Bay Real Estate Mahindra 148.2 +59.105
31 Lorenzo PETRARCA ITA 3570 Team Italia Mahindra 148.2 +59.109
32 Fabio SPIRANELLI ITA CIP-Unicom Starker Mahindra 146.0 +1'34.948
Not Classified
Jorge MARTIN SPA ASPAR Mahindra Team Moto3 Mahindra 150.9 1 Lap

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