MotoGP Qatar Race Results 2018: Now with Brief Race Notes

A guy who qualified closer to the third row of the grid than the front row basically passed every pre-season favorite and then dropped all but MM93 to easily win.


MotoGP Qatar Race Results 2018.

Race notes:

Lorenzo crashed out well in the back with a suspected mechanical.

Rins crashed.

Dovi came from well back on the grid and after a poor start to lead and win the race.

Pole-sitter Zarco led nearly 2/3 of the race but was overhauled by Marquez, Dovi and others for an eventual 8th place finish.

When the tires were well used and fuel weight dropped Maverick came from nowhere to finish sixth.

Tough-talking KTM, which one year ago were boasting of the eventual pleasure they’d take in beating Honda in MotoGP, were essentially nowhere in this race. Both riders had big crashes on the weekend, and Pol Espo’ pulled in with a mechanical after running the race well in the back. Bradley Smith finished a pathetic 18th.

As most veteran race watchers expected, the off-season wing drama, tire drama, speed by Lorenzo, speed by Vinales, THE ALL NEW APRILIA! … yadda yadda yadda didn’t amount to much. A guy who qualified closer to the third row of the grid than the front basically passed every pre-season favorite and then dropped all but MM93 to easily win. Dovi’s squared off the corners and basically pulled the pin. His Ducati had wings–not on the fairing–on the throttle.

Nine-time champion Rossi did well to finish third. His factory Yam, on acceleration, versus the Honda and Ducati, looked like it was dragging a piano.

 

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Pos. Rider Team Bike Time/Gap
1 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati GP18 42:34.654
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 0.027
3 Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 0.797
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda RC213V 2.881
5 Danilo Petrucci Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 3.821
6 Maverick Vinales Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 3.888
7 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 4.621
8 Johann Zarco Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 7.112
9 Andrea Iannone Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12.957
10 Jack Miller Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 14.594
11 Tito Rabat Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 15.181
12 Franco Morbidelli Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 16.274
13 Alvaro Bautista Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 19.788
14 Hafizh Syahrin Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1 20.299
15 Karel Abraham Ángel Nieto Team Ducati 23.287
16 Thomas Luthi Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V 24.189
17 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda RC213V 24.554
18 Bradley Smith Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 31.704
19 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia RS-GP 34.712
20 Scott Redding Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 37.641
21 Xavier Simeon Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 46.706
DNF Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7 LAPS
DNF Alex Rins Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 10 LAPS
DNF Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team Ducati GP18 10 LAPS

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