Qatar: Marquez Wins, Rossi Second, Pedrosa Third
Who Needs To Test, Anyway?
by staff
Sunday, March 23, 2014

1Marc MarquezRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V
2Valentino RossiYamaha Factory RacingYamaha M1
3Dani PedrosaRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V
4Aleix EspargaroNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha
5Andrea DoviziosoDucati TeamDucati GP14
6Cal CrutchlowDucati TeamDucati GP14
7Scott ReddingGo&Fun Honda GresiniHonda RCV1000R
8Nicky HaydenDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R
9Colin EdwardsNGM Mobile Forward RacingForward Yamaha
10Andrea IannonePramac RacingDucati
11Hiroshi AoyamaDrive M7 AsparHonda RCV1000R
12Yonny HernandezEnergy Ti Pramac RacingDucati
13Karel AbrahamCardion AB MotoracingHonda RCV1000R
14Danilo PetrucciCame Iodaracing ProjectART
15Broc ParkesPBMPBM
16Michael LavertyPaul Bird MotorsportPBM
17Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingAvintia


Margin of victory: .259.

A race littered with crashed bikes. Jorge Lorenzo, Andre Iannone, Stefan Bradl, Brad Smith, Alvaro Bautista and others fell and DNF'd. While the rear Bridgestone has been the focal point of the pre-season and Qatar--with Lorenzo and others criticizing the rear rubber, nearly all crashers in the Qatar race did so on the brakes--where the front tire is obviously key.

Brad Smith's ability to holeshot a MotoGP bike is truly amazing. Smith ran at the front but crashed. His teammate, Pol Espargaro ran out of the top five and after running off the track pulled into the garage. Double DNF for Tech 3.

Today was a stunning achievement for Marc Marquez: he broke his leg six weeks ago and missed some of the pre-season tests. Even with all that he qualified on the pole and won the race--the latter on the hard rear Bridgestone no one else chose to use in the race. This is true "Freddie Spencer" level stuff.

Lorenzo said his crash was his fault and he mis-judged the traction level on the cold track.

The Marquez/Rossi battle was one for the ages. Rossi pushed his way to the front--from a fourth row grid position--and led the race, fought for the lead and was a factor for the win until the final lap when he dropped back for an unknown reason.

Cal Crutchlow suffered machine problems in the race and barely made it past the finish line before parking his GP14.


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