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Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP opener in Qatar

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Monday 9th April, 2012 - 5:25am

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Jorge Lorenzo scored his first win in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo has won the opening round of the 2012 MotoGP championship, beating Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Lorenzo fell to second behind Stoner on just the fourth lap of the race, but tyre-life became critical with the Yamaha rider doing a better job of looking after his rubber.

Stoner appeared to have the race in the bag, but arm cramps had him struggle with the braking of his Honda. The final six laps saw him slip back into the clutches of Lorenzo with the Spaniard taking the lead with just over three laps remaining, before Pedrosa slipped through on the Australian a lap later.

“We were by far the fastest out there but after four laps I was started to get real arm pump, my arms were shaking off the bars and I was holding on with two fingers,” said Stoner.

“I couldn’t grip and I couldn’t use the brakes. Without that there was no problem to win, we’re really happy with the speed of the bike.

“I’ve got two weeks to go away and train and we can come back again.”

The result was Lorenzo’s first win at the Losail circuit in the Middle East and 32nd for his career.

“What an amazing race! I put everything I have, all my energy on the track, into this victory is because I never gave up, kept pushing and trying,” said Lorenzo.

“Casey was very strong at the beginning and opened a gap. Fortunately for us he struggled at the end and dropped his pace where I could keep mine so I managed to pass him.

“I am very grateful to Yamaha because they have made a big step this winter on the YZR-M1.”

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth and fifth.

Ducati rider Nicky Hayden finished fifth , while team-mate and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi looked anything but that coming home in 10th.

 

COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR : Results

 

Pos.

Points

Num.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Km/h

Time/Gap

1

25

99

Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

166.2

42:44.214

2

20

26

Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda

166.1

+0:00.852

3

16

1

Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda

166.0

+0:02.908

4

13

35

Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

165.1

+0:17.114

5

11

4

Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha

165.0

+0:17.420

6

10

69

Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team Ducati

164.3

+0:28.413

7

9

19

Alvaro Bautista SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

164.3

+0:28.446

8

8

6

Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda

164.3

+0:29.464

9

7

8

Hector Barbera SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati

164.2

+0:31.384

10

6

46

Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team Ducati

164.0

+0:33.665

11

5

11

Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha

162.6

+0:56.907

12

4

5

Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter

162.5

+0:58.088

13

3

14

Randy de Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART

161.7

+1:10.650

14

2

68

Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR

161.4

+1:15.943

15

1

41

Aleix Espargaro SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART

160.7

+1:26.733

16

22

Ivan Silva SPA Avintia Blusens BQR-FTR

159.7

+1:43.327

17

54

Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master ART

159.5

+1:47.419

18

77

James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART

159.2

+1:51.882

51

Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR

110.6

7 Laps
Not Classified

9

Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda

158.8

7 Laps

17

Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati

154.0

15 Laps

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