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.

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

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 tyre 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.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 1   Qatar

Race Classification

Dry
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 42'34.654
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.027
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.797
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 13 LCR Honda Honda 2.881
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 11 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 3.821
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 10 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 3.888
7 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 9 Repsol Honda Team Honda 4.621
8 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.112
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 12.957
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 6 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 14.594
11 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 5 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 15.181
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 4 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 16.274
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 3 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 19.788
14 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 2 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 20.299
15 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 1 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 23.287
16 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 24.189
17 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 24.554
18 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 31.704
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 34.712
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 37.641
21 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 46.706
22 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7 laps
23 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 10 laps
24 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 0 Ducati Team Ducati 10 laps
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 53.680s (170.3km/h) Johann Zarco (Yamaha, 2018)
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)
2018 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)