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Marquez at the Gp of Qatar

Marquez starts his 2018 campaign with a brilliant podium in Qatar, Pedrosa fights hard but has to settle for 7th

As night fell in Qatar, Marc Marquez climbed to the second step of the podium at the Losail International Circuit after fighting for victory all the way until the last corner.

 

Andrea Dovizioso just edged Marc out at the chequered flag by a mere 0.027” but the reigning World Champion will fly back to Europe tomorrow knowing that he’s shown great pace and scored a brilliant result at a track that is notoriously tough for him and the Repsol Honda Team.

Dani Pedrosa at the Gp of Qatar

A group of seven riders, split by just over one second, fought for a podium position for almost the entire race. Dani Pedrosa was among that group, although a poor feeling with the rear tyre forced him to settle for seventh.

marc-marquez-2018Marc Marquez

2ND 

“What a race! I’m really happy with our second place finish because this is one of the tracks on the calendar where we struggle most. After the pre-season test we knew what we could expect. With the hard front tyre I was struggling a bit in the left corners but with the medium I wouldn’t have finished the race. I tried to pass Dovi in the last corner but he beat me. Honestly, I was expecting that, but I had to try the move anyway, to see if there was any way we could make it happen. In the end, Dovi had something more than me and he deserves this win. Even if he was a bit behind at the start, I was waiting for him–I was waiting for the red! I knew his tactic was to push at the end and when he passed Zarco I said to myself, ‘let’s go!’ I followed him and almost went wide, but it was a great race and a great show. The thing I’m most happy about is that, this time, we were able to stay with him on the straight and this is very good.”

Dani Pedrosa

7TH 

“In general, the bike worked well enough and I’m happy because we were able to improve our feeling over the weekend. The hard front tyre was actually a very good choice as I could brake hard into the corners and keep a decent pace. We focused a lot on the feeling from the front over the weekend and finally decided to go with what we’d worked toward. I had a good start and I’m happy with how I managed the first corners. Unfortunately, the feeling from the rear wasn’t as strong. The tyre was spinning a lot, which caused me to loose ground in turn 3 and some other corners in sector four. It’s a real shame because the first race is important and if I think that if didn’t have this issue I could’ve fought for the podium. In the end, that gives me confidence for the upcoming races.”

2018 Qatar MotoGP Results

1DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA25Ducati Team42’34.654
2MARQUEZ Marc93SPA20Repsol Honda Team0.027
3ROSSI Valentino46ITA16Movistar Yamaha MotoGP0.797
4CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBR13LCR Honda2.881
5PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA11Alma Pramac Racing3.821
6VINALES Maverick25SPA10Movistar Yamaha MotoGP3.888
7PEDROSA Dani26SPA9Repsol Honda Team4.621
8ZARCO Johann5FRA8Monster Yamaha Tech 37.112
9IANNONE Andrea29ITA7Team Suzuki Ecstar12.957
10MILLER Jack43AUS6Alma Pramac Racing14.594
11RABAT Tito53SPA5Reale Avintia Racing15.181
12MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA4EG 0,0 Marc VDS16.274
13BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPA3Angel Nieto Team19.788
14SYAHRIN Hafizh55MAL2Monster Yamaha Tech 320.299
15ABRAHAM Karel17CZE1Angel Nieto Team23.287
16LUTHI Tom12SWI0EG 0,0 Marc VDS24.189
17NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN0LCR Honda24.554
18SMITH Bradley38GBR0Red Bull KTM Factory Racing31.704
19ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA0Aprilia Racing Team Gresini34.712
20REDDING Scott45GBR0Aprilia Racing Team Gresini37.641
21SIMEON Xavier10BEL0Reale Avintia Racing46.706
22ESPARGARO Pol44SPA0Red Bull KTM Factory Racing7 laps
23RINS Alex42SPA0Team Suzuki Ecstar10 laps
24LORENZO Jorge99SPA0Ducati Team10 laps

 

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