Tonight in the Grand Prix of Qatar, Repsol Honda’s rookie Marc Marquez, took a fantastic 3rd position to claim a podium finish in his first race in the premier class with teammate Dani Pedrosa finishing just three seconds behind him in 4th position.

It was an intense race from the start with Dani moving up to second by the first corner. Marc dropped back briefly to 7th but fought through the pack and up to 4th by lap two and then up to 3rd, behind Dani by lap three, setting the fastest lap of the race with 1’55.445. The two Repsol Honda riders then stuck together for fourteen laps with only a few tenths between them, until Marc passed Dani on lap sixteen.

In the final laps, Valentino Rossi came through the pack and passed Dani on lap eighteen and Marc was unable to hold him off on lap nineteen. He battled and briefly overtook Rossi, but finally settled for 3rd just over two tenths behind the Italian.

Marc Marquez

“To tell the truth, I was pretty nervous on the grid because it was my first MotoGP race. I do not think I’ve ever been so nervous before. I found it hard to keep calm and I was not as focused as I used to be in Moto2. However, I regained my concentration at the last moment. The start was important and we knew that we were taking off from the dirty part of the track. I did not get off well, but I was able to attack on the opening laps and overtake many riders. I think that this was the key. When I rode behind Dani I learnt a lot; also later on with Valentino. Fighting against him is always nice to watch, but it’s always tough at the same time. Valentino was a tough rival to try and overtake on the final laps. He beat us this time, but we hope to learn from him and from everyone who went faster than us.”

Dani Pedrosa

"Today’s race was good, in part. I rode strongly and at a good level, although I had to slide around a lot during the entire race to combat a lack of rear grip. I saw from the opening lap that Lorenzo was going much faster and I tried to keep my position, because I knew that in the corners the traction issue came into play. I tried as hard as I could to keep my position, but then Rossi came through at a blistering pace and, to tell the truth, I could not stop him. I did all that I could, but it was not enough. Maybe there was a set-up issue with the rear, because I had problems with it all weekend and we did not have enough grip tonight. In the end I was off the podium, which is a shame considering that we had some good preseason tests and that the set-up was good in those tests. For some reason, it just did not work for us tonight.”

MotoGP 2013
Race Round 1   Qatar

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 42'39.802
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +5.990
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda +6.201
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team Honda +9.473
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 11 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +18.764
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda +22.148
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati +24.355
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 7 Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati +37.124
10 Spies Ben 11 USA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +44.908
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Power Electronics Aspar ART +49.809
12 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA 4 Power Electronics Aspar ART +56.495
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 3 Avintia Blusens FTR +1'09.599
14 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 2 Paul Bird Motorsport ART +1'10.742
15 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN 1 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +1'13.600
16 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki +1'29.444
17 Laverty Michael 70 GBR 0 Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'34.341
18 Pesek Lukas 52 CZE 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER +1'34.683
19 Edwards Colin 5 USA 0 Athina Forward Racing FTR-Kawasaki DNF
20 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Came IodaRacing Project IODA-SUTER DNF
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda DNF
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha DNF
23 Staring Bryan 67 AUS 0 Go & Fun Honda Gresini FTR-Honda DNF
24 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing ART DNF
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 53.927s (170.003km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race Lap 1m 54.927s (168.5 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)