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Thread: 2019 Qatar MotoGP: Highlights of 2018 MotoGP of Qatar?

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    Default 2019 Qatar MotoGP: Highlights of 2018 MotoGP of Qatar?

    It was a long long winter without any MotoGP action to look forward to and therefore, when the race day arrived, the excitement was palpable among the fans. Going by the intensity of the first race of the season, boy the wait was worth it. The first race of the 2019 MotoGP season took place in Doha, Qatar at the Losail International circuit. With Friday and Saturday full of drama, from the crashes to the premier class racers pushing to move the timings an hour before the official start time of 8 PM Local Time (and failing to do so) the race was bound to be a scintillating one.



    Starting from the Moto3 race which takes place around sunset making it one of the most picturesque races of the season, Aron Canet starting from Pole followed by Lorenzo Dalla Porta and the Japanese Kaito Toba. Kaito Toba fell behind in the beginning but made a stunning recovery as he led the race after a few laps but we are sure it wasn’t easy for the Japanese youngster. With a very closely packed leading group, the positions fluctuated like anything. Even the infamous yet talented Romano Fenati led the pack for a while. But in the end it was the young Kaito Toba who won the race becoming the first Japanese rider to win in the Moto3 class. But the much talented Lorenzo Dalla Porta missed the top spot on the podium by five hundredths of a second with Aron Canet, the Poleman, claiming the final spot on the podium.



    Moto2 race was just as hard fought as Marcel Schrotter started from Pole followed by Xavi Vierge and Lorenzo Baldassarri. The second and third row had Luca Marini, Remy Gardner, Sam Lowes, Thomas Luthi, Brad Binder and Alex Marquez respectively. There was already a lot of anticipation as this season marks a new era in Moto2 as the 765cc triple from Triumph debuted. As soon as the race began, Turn 1 saw an incident where Jorge Navarro, Nocolo Bulega and Iker Lecuona were taken out. But in the front group, Baldassarri made his intentions clear as he took a lead on Lap 2 and never letting it go. Xavi Vierge who was fighting hard faded as the race progressed and so did the Poleman Marcel Schrotter. But it was Thomas Luthi who got into his own in the second half of the race after a rather poor start and spending most of his first half battling the field. Baldassarri who was enjoying a comfortable lead for the most part of the race might have felt some heat as by the end of the last lap, Luthi was breathing down his neck as Baldassarri finished just 0.026s ahead of Luthi who started from 7th position on the grid. The young Australian Remy Gardner was all set to take the final step on the podium when his dream of a Moto2 podium was shattered by Marcel Schrotter, who despite fading away after starting from pole, stole Gardner’s dream by 0.002s! That is as close as it gets.



    And after those scintillating races, it was time for the MotoGP action to begin with the grid positions as contrasting as they can get for teammates. Maverick Vinales started from Pole followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez. In the second row we had Jack Miller, the rookie Fabio Quartararo and Cal Crutchlow. Valentino Rossi started from the 14th position on the grid and Jorge Lorenzo from the 15th. Drama began even before the warm up lap as the rookie Quartararo stalled his Yamaha and had to start from the pit. But as soon as the lights went out, it was Dovizioso and his mysterious holeshot device who stole the limelight as he pounced to take the lead from Vinales who was pushed to the 6th place by the end of Lap 1. Marquez was uncharacteristically taking it easy as he sat in the 3rd place behind Jack Miller who seemed like a man with a ‘Mission’ (or not pun not intended). And the two Hondas of Cal Cruthclow and Takaki Nakagami were right behind Marquez.



    Vinales who was still probably trying to find firm footing in the race was quickly overtaken by the two Suzukis of Alex Rins and rookie Joan Mir. Valentino Rossi who started from 14th has always been known as a Sunday man as he quickly made his way into the top 10. But it was a disaster for Jack Miller as he was distracted by a loose seat pad which he apparently flung away but it was too late as he was already pushed to 11th. Dovizioso was leading Marquez and it seemed like a surprisingly calm race between the two who have had some momentous battles in the past two seasons. Alex Rins was the one who decided to introduce some anarchy in the calm order as he started attacking Marquez from Lap 5. Rins showed a lot of heart as he took the lead quite a few times in the race but was chewed up and spit out by Dovizioso and Marquez at the straight where Suzuki’s lack of horsepower was painfully apparent. As the 3 battled, Mir Petrucci and Crutchlow followed the leading pack patiently. It was Rossi and Morbidelli who were putting some dent in the timings as they crept up towards Vinales.

    Again, Marquez was uncharacteristically calm until he was shook from his slumber by Petrucci who overtook Marquez to send him into 4th. That of course did not go down very well with the World Champion who quickly devoured Petrucci and an unsuspecting Rins in quick succession. Dovizioso, the professor who was in a comfortable lead slowed down the pace a number of times in the race maintaining the lead and preserving tyres for the final showdown. Vinales also started to ramp up the pace with 4 laps remaining but it was already too late as Dovi and Marquez readied themselves for another classic. In the last lap, Marquez despite taking the lead on one occasion was beaten by Dovi in what seemed like a repeat of the last year’s Qatar GP as he crossed the line 0.023s ahead of the Spaniard. Alex Rins must be feeling disappointed as he was looking for the podium but was taken down by the Englishman Cal Crutchlow who shone despite the injury took the final step on the podium.

    All in all, it turned out to be everything one can expect from the season opener of what is probably the greatest show on earth, the MotoGP.
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    Default Re: 2019 Qatar MotoGP: Highlights of 2018 MotoGP of Qatar?

    When will be the next MotoGP event be launched?? excited for the upcoming events

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    Default Re: 2019 Qatar MotoGP: Highlights of 2018 MotoGP of Qatar?

    This Moto GP season is definitely going to beat the last season for excitement going by the first race ,one of the closest top 9 all within 7 secs of the leader and the top 5 being just half a second of the leader .The first half of the race almost felt like a Moto 3 with most of the riders bunched together.Last corner a repeat of last year's race with Dovi sidestepping to allow Marc through and taking the inner line to finish ahead of him in the race to the finish line.Suzuki has improved with both riders having good finishes .So many rookies and most giving a good account of themselves.Lorenzo and Vinales had a disappointing outing while Rossi salvaged a 5th starting from 14th though Yamaha seems to be lacking top end compared to the Suzuki also.Cal has to be credited for overcoming the pain and finishing on the podium after last year's injury.
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