Qatar: Results ** Spoilers**

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The MotoGP series has officially begun and not without some rain-soaked controversy. It seems that irrespective of feelings towards night races and make-up races, the show started and proves to be the siren call for all MotoGP fans world-wide. The race didn’t disappoint from that standpoint as every fan can’t wait for their favorite series to start as both Grace and I were waiting with baited breath.

Casey Stoner makes it three successive Qatar victories in what is becoming “his track”. Like Schumacher at France, Casey started quickly and was too fast for Yamaha teammates Rossi and Lorenzo to catch. Unfortunately it appears that Nicky Hayden didn’t fair as well as his teammate. Neither did Pedrosa who is still nursing a broken hand. Rossi said:

“More than strategy, Stoner and I have a different way to approach the race, the way we do practice and the way we set up the bike,” he said.

“Probably it would have been better had we raced last night because we were in better shape and we were closer. While after yesterday’s rain the asphalt was a bit more aggressive, and this morning we already had some small problems with the tyres.

“Unfortunately I lost a bit too much time with Loris and Lorenzo, while Stoner went super quick from the start and built a big gap. But then we had five, six or seven laps when I enjoyed myself because I was going very quick and I was feeling well. I managed to get under two seconds and the race was still long then.

“However after that I started having a few problems too many, so I had to decide whether to crash or to finish second. I thought about that for half a lap and I decided it was better to finish second.”

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerTimeDiff
127Casey STONERDUCATI42’53.984
246Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA43’01.7557.771
399Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA43’10.22816.244
45Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA43’18.39424.410
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA43’21.24727.263
615Alex DE ANGELISHONDA43’23.86729.883
77Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI43’27.61133.627
836Mika KALLIODUCATI43’28.73934.755
924Toni ELIASHONDA43’33.46539.481
1014Randy DE PUNIETHONDA43’36.26842.284
113Dani PEDROSAHONDA43’42.51048.526
1269Nicky HAYDENDUCATI43’42.86748.883
1359Sete GIBERNAUDUCATI43’46.19952.215
1433Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI43’50.36356.379
1572Yuki TAKAHASHIHONDA43’54.2701’00.286
1652James TOSELANDYAMAHA44’08.9621’14.978
1788Niccolo CANEPADUCATI44’09.0121’15.028
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65Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI13’49.50115 laps
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