2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix was the opening round of the 2008 MotoGP championship. It took place on the weekend of 7–9 March 2008 at the Losail International Circuit located in Doha, Qatar. The race was historic in that it was the first one to be run at night, with the MotoGP race getting underway at 23:00 local time. Rookies Lorenzo and Toseland started their season strong with Lorenzo getting pole position and Toseland in 2nd during qualifying.

Qatar  2008 Qatar Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Losail.svg
Date9 March 2008
Official nameCommercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar[1]
LocationLosail International Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.380 km (3.343 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Time 1:53.927
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Casey Stoner
Time 1:55.153
Podium
First Australia Casey Stoner
Second Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Third Spain Dani Pedrosa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Alex Debón
Time 1:59.470
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Alex Debón
Time 1:59.379
Podium
First Italy Mattia Pasini
Second Spain Héctor Barberá
Third Finland Mika Kallio
125 cc
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Time 2:05.242
Fastest lap
Rider United Kingdom Scott Redding
Time 2:05.695
Podium
First Spain Sergio Gadea
Second Spain Joan Olivé
Third Germany Stefan Bradl

MotoGP classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Casey Stoner Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 22 42:36.587 4 25
2 48   Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 22 +5.323 1 20
3 2   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +10.600 8 16
4 4   Andrea Dovizioso JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda 22 +13.288 9 13
5 46   Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 22 +13.305 7 11
6 52   James Toseland Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 22 +14.040 2 10
7 5   Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 22 +15.150 3 9
8 65   Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 22 +32.505 13 8
9 14   Randy de Puniet LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 22 +33.003 5 7
10 69   Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +38.354 6 6
11 33   Marco Melandri Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 22 +44.284 16 5
12 21   John Hopkins Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 22 +49.857 10 4
13 56   Shinya Nakano San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 22 +49.871 15 3
14 24   Toni Elías Alice Team Ducati 22 +58.532 14 2
15 50   Sylvain Guintoli Alice Team Ducati 22 +58.930 17 1
16 13   Anthony West Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 22 +1:05.643 18
17 7   Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 21 +1 lap 11
Ret 15   Alex de Angelis San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 16 Accident 12
Sources: [2][3][4]

250 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 75   Mattia Pasini Aprilia 20 40:16.202 5 25
2 21   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 20 +0.557 2 20
3 36   Mika Kallio KTM 20 +1.029 4 16
4 6   Alex Debón Aprilia 20 +1.418 1 13
5 72   Yuki Takahashi Honda 20 +12.944 7 11
6 19   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 20 +14.480 3 10
7 17   Karel Abraham Aprilia 20 +16.721 11 9
8 15   Roberto Locatelli Gilera 20 +18.987 9 8
9 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 20 +32.232 8 7
10 55   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 20 +41.102 15 6
11 60   Julián Simón KTM 20 +41.457 14 5
12 32   Fabrizio Lai Gilera 20 +41.694 13 4
13 14   Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 20 +43.192 19 3
14 54   Manuel Poggiali Gilera 20 +44.228 18 2
15 12   Thomas Lüthi Aprilia 20 +48.760 10 1
16 4   Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 20 +1:11.031 12
17 45   Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha 20 +2:05.461 23
Ret 25   Alex Baldolini Aprilia 14 Retirement 17
Ret 52   Lukáš Pešek Aprilia 12 Accident 16
Ret 58   Marco Simoncelli Gilera 7 Accident 6
Ret 10   Imre Tóth Aprilia 4 Retirement 22
Ret 43   Manuel Hernández Aprilia 0 Accident 21
Ret 50   Eugene Laverty Aprilia 0 Accident 20
OFFICIAL 250cc REPORT

125 cc classificationEdit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33   Sergio Gadea Aprilia 18 38:09.444 8 25
2 6   Joan Olivé Derbi 18 +0.932 9 20
3 17   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 18 +1.660 15 16
4 63   Mike Di Meglio Derbi 18 +1.771 3 13
5 45   Scott Redding Aprilia 18 +1.819 4 11
6 99   Danny Webb Aprilia 18 +7.689 5 10
7 24   Simone Corsi Aprilia 18 +8.684 10 9
8 44   Pol Espargaró Derbi 18 +8.693 18 8
9 7   Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 18 +9.054 19 7
10 18   Nicolás Terol Aprilia 18 +10.902 7 6
11 11   Sandro Cortese Aprilia 18 +10.945 13 5
12 1   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 18 +12.618 2 4
13 27   Stefano Bianco Aprilia 18 +12.709 12 3
14 29   Andrea Iannone Aprilia 18 +20.086 17 2
15 60   Michael Ranseder Aprilia 18 +23.575 22 1
16 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia 18 +23.890 1
17 77   Dominique Aegerter Derbi 18 +29.406 20
18 22   Pablo Nieto KTM 18 +32.891 16
19 73   Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 18 +33.346 23
20 30   Pere Tutusaus Aprilia 18 +33.649 26
21 8   Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 18 +36.696 24
22 34   Randy Krummenacher KTM 18 +36.754 25
23 21   Robin Lässer Aprilia 18 +45.317 27
24 12   Esteve Rabat KTM 18 +56.440 11
25 69   Louis Rossi Honda 18 +1:14.502 34
Ret 35   Raffaele De Rosa KTM 15 Accident 6
Ret 13   Dino Lombardi Aprilia 11 Retirement 32
Ret 56   Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 10 Accident 29
Ret 71   Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 8 Accident 21
Ret 51   Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 5 Accident 14
Ret 16   Jules Cluzel Loncin 4 Accident 30
Ret 5   Alexis Masbou Loncin 1 Retirement 28
Ret 19   Roberto Lacalendola Aprilia 1 Retirement 33
Ret 95   Robert Mureșan Aprilia 0 Retirement 31
OFFICIAL 125cc REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round one has concluded.[5]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2008 Qatar MotoGP". Motorpsortmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  2. ^ "2008 Qatar MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Classification" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008.
  4. ^ "motogp.com · Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR · MotoGP Race Classification 2008". www.motogp.com.
  5. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2008. Retrieved 2019-08-22.


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