2015 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2015 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 2015 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season.[2] It was held at the Losail International Circuit in Lusail, Qatar on 29 March 2015.

Qatar  2015 Qatar Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 18 races in the
2015 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Losail.svg
Date29 March 2015
Official nameCommercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar[1]
LocationLosail International Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.380 km (3.343 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati
Time 1:54.113
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha
Time 1:55.267 on lap 5
Podium
First Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha
Second Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati
Third Italy Andrea Iannone Ducati
Moto2
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Sam Lowes Speed Up
Time 1:59.423
Fastest lap
Rider France Johann Zarco Kalex
Time 1:59.918 on lap 2
Podium
First Germany Jonas Folger Kalex
Second Belgium Xavier Siméon Kalex
Third Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider France Alexis Masbou Honda
Time 2:06.170
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Enea Bastianini Honda
Time 2:06.561 on lap 3
Podium
First France Alexis Masbou Honda
Second Italy Enea Bastianini Honda
Third United Kingdom Danny Kent Honda

In the MotoGP class, Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso took the first pole position of the season.[3] It was an eventful race in which the lead was contested between the Movistar Yamaha and Ducati teams. For the first time since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix,[4] the podium was swept by Italian riders, as Yamaha's Valentino Rossi – in his 20th Grand Prix season – took his first season-opening victory since 2010, ahead of Dovizioso,[5] and his teammate Andrea Iannone, who achieved his first MotoGP podium in third place.[6] Reigning world champion Marc Márquez had a good start position, third on the grid, but went off track and almost hit Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith. After he fell to the rear of the field due to the first-lap incident, Márquez overtook several riders and was able to finish fifth, behind Lorenzo.[7]

Dani Pedrosa started second on the grid, but dropped to sixth place due to issues with arm-pump. Álvaro Bautista was forced to retire after his bike was hit by Márquez, breaking his left brake lever and front sensor. Rookie Jack Miller – graduating from Moto3 – crashed with Karel Abraham with one lap remaining.

The weekend also saw the début of the new Aprilia RS-GP, which was used by Gresini Racing after the team switched from Honda at the end of 2014. This was Aprilia's first race in MotoGP as a factory team since the 2004 Valencian Grand Prix.

ClassificationEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 46   Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 22 42:35.717 8 25
2 04   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati 22 +0.174 1 20
3 29   Andrea Iannone Ducati Team Ducati 22 +2.250 4 16
4 99   Jorge Lorenzo Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 22 +2.707 6 13
5 93   Marc Márquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +7.036 3 11
6 26   Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +10.755 2 10
7 35   Cal Crutchlow CWM LCR Honda Honda 22 +12.384 12 9
8 38   Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 22 +12.914 7 8
9 44   Pol Espargaró Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 22 +13.031 10 7
10 68   Yonny Hernández Pramac Racing Ducati 22 +17.435 5 6
11 41   Aleix Espargaró Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 22 +19.901 11 5
12 9   Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 22 +24.432 9 4
13 45   Scott Redding EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 22 +32.032 14 3
14 25   Maverick Viñales Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 22 +33.463 13 2
15 8   Héctor Barberá Avintia Racing Ducati 22 +33.625 15 1
16 6   Stefan Bradl Athina Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 22 +33.944 18
17 69   Nicky Hayden Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 22 +38.970 17
18 50   Eugene Laverty Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 22 +46.570 19
19 63   Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 22 +59.211 16
20 15   Alex de Angelis Octo IodaRacing Team ART 22 +1:14.981 24
21 33   Marco Melandri Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 22 +1:48.143 25
22 76   Loris Baz Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Yamaha Forward 19 +3 laps 23
Ret 17   Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 21 Accident 20
Ret 43   Jack Miller CWM LCR Honda Honda 21 Accident 22
Ret 19   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0 Retirement 21
Sources: [8][9][10]

Moto2Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 94   Jonas Folger Kalex 20 40:18.532 5 25
2 19   Xavier Siméon Kalex 20 +5.051 6 20
3 12   Thomas Lüthi Kalex 20 +12.123 7 16
4 40   Álex Rins Kalex 20 +12.202 9 13
5 21   Franco Morbidelli Kalex 20 +14.385 8 11
6 36   Mika Kallio Kalex 20 +14.413 16 10
7 11   Sandro Cortese Kalex 20 +14.471 4 9
8 5   Johann Zarco Kalex 20 +18.541 2 8
9 96   Louis Rossi Tech 3 20 +20.914 13 7
10 7   Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 20 +21.336 20 6
11 73   Álex Márquez Kalex 20 +21.847 12 5
12 55   Hafizh Syahrin Kalex 20 +23.226 19 4
13 60   Julián Simón Speed Up 20 +25.573 21 3
14 30   Takaaki Nakagami Kalex 20 +29.784 18 2
15 77   Dominique Aegerter Kalex 20 +30.267 25 1
16 23   Marcel Schrötter Tech 3 20 +34.561 17
17 4   Randy Krummenacher Kalex 20 +36.850 24
18 25   Azlan Shah Kalex 20 +48.346 23
19 10   Thitipong Warokorn Kalex 20 +48.772 26
20 70   Robin Mulhauser Kalex 20 +49.670 28
21 66   Florian Alt Suter 20 +1:15.596 30
22 2   Jesko Raffin Kalex 20 +1:15.641 29
23 51   Zaqhwan Zaidi Suter 20 +1:21.693 27
Ret 88   Ricard Cardús Tech 3 19 Retirement 14
Ret 95   Anthony West Speed Up 9 Retirement 22
Ret 3   Simone Corsi Kalex 3 Accident 10
Ret 1   Esteve Rabat Kalex 3 Accident 3
Ret 39   Luis Salom Kalex 3 Accident 15
Ret 49   Axel Pons Kalex 3 Accident 11
Ret 22   Sam Lowes Speed Up 2 Retirement 1
OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT

Moto3Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 10   Alexis Masbou Honda 18 38:25.424 1 25
2 33   Enea Bastianini Honda 18 +0.027 21 20
3 52   Danny Kent Honda 18 +0.142 9 16
4 7   Efrén Vázquez Honda 18 +0.288 10 13
5 17   John McPhee Honda 18 +0.693 5 11
6 32   Isaac Viñales Husqvarna 18 +0.765 2 10
7 20   Fabio Quartararo Honda 18 +0.772 6 9
8 23   Niccolò Antonelli Honda 18 +0.773 3 8
9 21   Francesco Bagnaia Mahindra 18 +0.909 4 7
10 41   Brad Binder KTM 18 +1.317 13 6
11 55   Andrea Locatelli Honda 18 +1.546 7 5
12 9   Jorge Navarro Honda 18 +1.608 12 4
13 98   Karel Hanika KTM 18 +1.869 14 3
14 65   Philipp Öttl KTM 18 +2.504 22 2
15 88   Jorge Martín Mahindra 18 +5.119 25 1
16 44   Miguel Oliveira KTM 18 +6.814 8
17 84   Jakub Kornfeil KTM 18 +8.760 26
18 58   Juan Francisco Guevara Mahindra 18 +9.259 24
19 40   Darryn Binder Mahindra 18 +11.385 20
20 95   Jules Danilo Honda 18 +27.616 18
21 12   Matteo Ferrari Mahindra 18 +29.071 30
22 6   María Herrera Husqvarna 18 +29.266 32
23 24   Tatsuki Suzuki Mahindra 18 +29.436 31
24 16   Andrea Migno KTM 18 +29.485 29
25 19   Alessandro Tonucci Mahindra 18 +29.770 23
26 53   Marco Bezzecchi Mahindra 18 +46.295 33
27 91   Gabriel Rodrigo KTM 18 +46.406 27
28 63   Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM 18 +1:04.409 28
29 61   Loris Cresson KTM 18 +1:40.606 34
Ret 5   Romano Fenati KTM 17 Retirement 17
Ret 11   Livio Loi Honda 10 Accident 11
Ret 76   Hiroki Ono Honda 8 Accident 15
Ret 2   Remy Gardner Mahindra 8 Accident 19
Ret 31   Niklas Ajo KTM 1 Accident 16
OFFICIAL MOTO3 REPORT

Championship standings after the race (MotoGP)Edit

Below are the standings for the top five riders and constructors after round one has concluded.[11]

  • Note: Only the top four positions are included for all sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Qatar MotoGP". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "2015 provisional MotoGP calendar announced". Motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Dovizioso grabs sensational pole for Ducati". Motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. ^ "MotoGP records destroyed in the desert". Motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Valentino Rossi wins season opener in Qatar". BBC Sport. BBC. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Emotional Iannone overwhelmed by Qatar podium". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. ^ English, Steve (31 March 2015). "Marquez pleased to salvage fifth after first corner mistake". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  8. ^ "2015 Qatar MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motorsportmagazine.com. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  9. ^ "COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR · MotoGP Race Classification 2015". Motogp.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "2015 Qatar MotoGp : Race Classifications" (PDF). Resources.motogp.com. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Standings" (PDF). resources.motogp.com. 2015. Retrieved 2019-08-26.


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