MotoGP – Qatar GP – Race
A perfect great way to start the 2019 season, with another classic race at the Losail International Circuit, a strong battle for the vicotry between several riders at the night of Qatar.
Ligths were off as the experimental Ducati rider, Andrea Dovizioso made his way to the lead, followed by Jack Miller and Marc Marquez fighting for 2nd place, unfortunately for Jack, his bike had mechanical problems and eventually was forced to retired several laps later; at the pack there were also Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow looking for the lead, with several battles on the pack while the laps passed.
Close to the equator of the race, Alex Rins made a move for the 1st place, but Dovi wouldn´t let it go that easy, getting back the lead, as Marquez and Crutchlow also were closing by, 3 laps later, Rins made a small mistake and was behind the LCR Honda of Cruchlow on 4th place. Meanwhile, the leading group was getting bigger, as Petrucci, Mir, Viñales and Rossi were riding at a strong pace and catching the leader group, making pretty obvious that this race would have a close finish, and it did.
Last laps and the tension was mile high, Dovi resisting the attacks of Rins, then Marquez showing a move to the Suzuki Spaniard, then Crutchlow overtakes Rins for a podium spot, an then eventually ended with another classic battle with Dovi and Marquez fithing word the first win of the season, and as it happend last year, Dovi took the cheched flag, with Marquez just centimeters behind of the Italian, Crutchlow completes the podium, with a remarkable performance after breaking his tibia on the last races of the season.
1. Andrea Dovizioso 2. Marc Márquez 3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Álex Rins 5. Valentino Rossi. 6. Danilo Petrucci
7. Maverick Viñales 8. Joan Mir. 9. Takaaki Nakagami
10. Aleix Espargaró 11. Franco Morbidelli 12. Pol Espargaró
13. Jorge Lorenzo14. Andrea Iannone 15. Johann Zarco
16. Fabio Quartararo 17. Miguel Oliveira 18. Karel Abraham
19. Tito Rabat 20. Hafizh Syahrin DNF: Bradley Smith, Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia
Another great start for a long season coming ahead, result repeat from last year as he won the first race of the season, but ¿can he maintain consistence to fight the championship? ¿Marquez would get his 6th MotoGP title? ¿or another rider would give the surprise? Next stop, Argentina, at Termas del Rio Hondo, see you in 2 weeks