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2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Starting Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Mar 23, 2014 - 08:16 AM
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2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Starting Grid & Race Preview


Marc Marquez takes his 10th pole position in what is just his 19th start in the MotoGP class. Marquez finished third last year at Losail on his MotoGP debut.

In second place on the grid is Alvaro Bautista, his first front row start since the Czech GP last year. Bautista will be aiming to finish on the podium for the first time since the Japanese GP in 2012.

The highest placed Yamaha rider is Bradley Smith, in third place on the grid - his first front row start since moving up to the MotoGP class. Smith is the youngest British rider to start on the front row of a premier-class grand prix since Neil Hodgson was on the front row for the 500cc Argentinean GP in 1995.

Andrea Dovizioso heads the second row of the grid - his best qualifying result since the Italian Grand Prix last year.

In fifth place on the grid is Jorge Lorenzo, the first time he has failed to start from the front row in Qatar during his grand prix career. Lorenzo has never failed to get on the podium in his previous ten starts in Qatar across the three grand prix classes.

Taking the final place on the second row is Dani Pedrosa, who has never won the opening race of the year since moving up to the MotoGP class in 2006.

Heading the third row of the grid is Stefan Bradl, who won the Moto2 race in Qatar in 2011 on his way to winning the world title.

• Cal Crutchlow is in eighth place on the grid, which is his worst dry weather qualifying result since his rookie MotoGP year of 2011.

• In ninth place on the grid is Aleix Espargaro, who was the first CRT rider across the line last year in Qatar in 11th place.

• Valentino Rossi, who starts from tenth place on the grid, finished second last year in Qatar on his return to Yamaha after two years with Ducati.

Moto2

• Esteve Rabat starts from pole for the third time in the Moto2 class, with the fastest ever lap of the Losail circuit by a Moto2 rider. On both previous occasions he has been on pole, he has gone on to win the race - at Jerez and Sepang last year.

• In second place on the grid is Sandro Cortese, which is his first front row start since moving up to the Moto2 class.

• Takaaki Nakagami, who has qualified in third place on the grid, finished third last year in Qatar after leading the race in the early stages.

• Heading the second row is Thomas Luthi, who missed the Qatar GP last year due to injury. Luthi started from pole in Qatar two years ago and was leading the race at the start of the final lap, before running off the track at the first corner after a clash with Marquez, and eventually finishing fifth.

• Sam Lowes is in fifth place on the grid, and is the highest placed qualifier of the six riders making their first appearance in the Moto2 class.

• Mika Kallio, who is in sixth place on the grid, has had three podium finishes at the Losail circuit; second in the 125cc race in 2005 & 2006, and third in the 250cc class in 2008.

Moto3

• Alex Rins starts from pole for the tenth time in his career, with the fastest ever lap of the Losail circuit by a Moto3 rider.

• This is the first pole in the Moto3 class by a Honda powered machine since Maverick Viñales qualified on pole at Brno in 2012 on a FTR Honda. Viñales was also the last Moto3 winner on a Honda powered machine, at Mugello in 2012.

• Thomas Luthi was the last rider to qualify on pole with both chassis and engine manufactured by Honda, in the 125cc class at Grand Prix of Turkey in 2005. Luthi was also the last rider to win a GP in the lightweight class on a Honda, at Le Mans in 2006.

• Alex Marquez is in second place on the grid, equalling his best ever qualifying performance which he achieved at Indianapolis and Assen last year.

• Jack Miller has qualified in third place on the grid - his first front row qualifying result in grand prix racing.

• Jakub Kornfeil heads the second row, equalling his best ever qualifying result in grand prix, which he achieved at Le Mans last year.

• Isaac Viñales is in fifth place on the grid - his best ever qualifying result in GP racing.

• Taking the final place on the second row of the grid is Danny Kent, in his first ride on his return to the Moto3 class after competing in Moto2 in 2013. Kent won two of the last four Moto3 races of 2012, the last year that he competed in the class.

• John McPhee heads the third row - his best ever qualifying result in GP racing.

Official statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines

 

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2014 Qatar GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Kmh Time Gap 1stPrev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.6 1:54.507
2 19 Alvaro Bautista SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 340.1 1:54.564 0.057 0.057
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.5 1:54.601 0.094 0.037
4 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati 340.9 1:54.644 0.137 0.043
5 99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 332.9 1:54.661 0.154 0.017
6 26 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 339.9 1:54.703 0.196 0.042
7 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 338.5 1:54.871 0.364 0.168
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 337.9 1:54.888 0.381 0.017
9 41 Aleix Espargaro SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 326.2 1:54.986 0.479 0.098
10 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 336.7 1:55.096 0.589 0.110
11 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 341.8 1:55.127 0.620 0.031
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 336.2 1:55.152 0.645 0.025






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