2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix

The 2019 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix was the first round of the 2019 MotoGP season. It was held at the Losail International Circuit in Doha on 10 March 2019.

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Race details
Race 1 of 19 races in the
2019 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Losail.svg
Date10 March 2019
Official nameVisitQatar Grand Prix
LocationLosail International Circuit, Doha, Qatar
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.380 km (3.343 mi)
MotoGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha
Time 1:53.546
Fastest lap
Rider France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha
Time 1:55.039 on lap 3
Podium
First Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati
Second Spain Marc Márquez Honda
Third United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda
Moto2
Pole position
Rider Germany Marcel Schrötter Kalex
Time 1:58.585
Fastest lap
Rider Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex
Time 1:58.711 on lap 10
Podium
First Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex
Second Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Kalex
Third Germany Marcel Schrötter Kalex
Moto3
Pole position
Rider Spain Arón Canet KTM
Time 2:05.883
Fastest lap
Rider Italy Romano Fenati Honda
Time 2:05.403 on lap 2
Podium
First Japan Kaito Toba Honda
Second Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda
Third Spain Arón Canet KTM

SummaryEdit

The race saw the introduction of a new engine package in the Moto2 class to replace the Honda CBR600RR inline-4 engine which was used since Moto2 replaced 250cc 2-strokes in 2010. The new engines in the intermediate class are 765cc (46.7 cu in) triple engines made by Triumph Motorcycles, and are based on the engine of the Triumph Street Triple RS 765.

The weekend also marked the début of a new penalty named the "Long Lap" penalty for riders exceeding track limits. This is a route which is marked at a safe place on every circuit (usually an asphalt or run-off area outside a corner). Any rider that receives the penalty is given 3 laps to ride through it.

MV Agusta also made a return to Grand Prix racing after an absence of 42 years, joining forces with the Forward Racing team.

The Moto2 and Moto3 classes also adopted the qualifying format used by MotoGP since 2013, in which the riders that finish in 15th place or below in the third free practice session go to qualifying 1, then the four fastest riders go through to join the remaining 14 in qualifying 2.

In the Moto3 race, Arón Canet took pole position, with the race win going to Honda Team Asia's Kaito Toba, who became the first Japanese rider to win in the Moto3 class. Romano Fenati also made his return to Grand Prix racing after he had his contract with Forward Racing in Moto2 terminated after the controversial incident with Stefano Manzi.

In the first Triumph-powered Moto2 race, Marcel Schrötter took the first pole position of his career, joined on the front row by Xavi Vierge and Lorenzo Baldassarri. Vierge led the race throughout the early stages, but then began to drop back to 10th place. Baldassarri took the win, ahead of Thomas Lüthi on his Moto2 return and Schrötter. Lüthi also set the fastest lap.

In the MotoGP race, Maverick Viñales took pole for the newly-rebranded Monster Energy Yamaha team in his first race with the number 12. Rookie Fabio Quartararo also impressed in qualifying, taking 5th place, riding the for the new Petronas Yamaha satellite team, replacing Tech 3 who switched bikes to KTM after 18 years with Yamaha. However, on the warm-up lap, Quartararo had an issue with his bike and had to start from the pitlane. At the start, Viñales made a bad start and dropped to 7th, behind Suzuki rookie Joan Mir. Despite his problems at the start, Quartararo set the fastest lap on the third lap. In the closing stages, Andrea Dovizioso and reigning champion Marc Márquez fought for the victory, with the Ducati rider taking the victory for the second consecutive season. Cal Crutchlow completed the podium on his return after missing the final two races of 2018 due to injury. Jorge Lorenzo finished 13th on his first outing for Repsol Honda after only qualifying in 15th.

ClassificationEdit

MotoGPEdit

Pos. No. Rider Team Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4   Andrea Dovizioso Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 22 42:36.902 2 25
2 93   Marc Márquez Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +0.023 3 20
3 35   Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Castrol Honda 22 +0.320 6 16
4 42   Álex Rins Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 22 +0.457 10 13
5 46   Valentino Rossi Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 22 +0.600 14 11
6 9   Danilo Petrucci Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 22 +2.320 7 10
7 12   Maverick Viñales Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 22 +2.481 1 9
8 36   Joan Mir Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki 22 +5.088 11 8
9 30   Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 22 +7.406 9 7
10 41   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 22 +9.636 12 6
11 21   Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 22 +9.647 8 5
12 44   Pol Espargaró Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22 +12.774 16 4
13 99   Jorge Lorenzo Repsol Honda Team Honda 22 +14.307 15 3
14 29   Andrea Iannone Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 22 +14.349 19 2
15 5   Johann Zarco Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 22 +15.093 21 1
16 20   Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 22 +15.905 5
17 88   Miguel Oliveira Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 22 +16.377 17
18 17   Karel Abraham Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 22 +22.972 20
19 53   Tito Rabat Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 22 +23.039 18
20 55   Hafizh Syahrin Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 22 +43.242 22
Ret 38   Bradley Smith Aprilia Factory Team Aprilia 20 Accident 23
Ret 43   Jack Miller Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 12 Loose Saddle 4
Ret 63   Francesco Bagnaia Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 9 Handling 13
Sources: [1][2][3]

Moto2Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7   Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex 20 39:56.109 3 25
2 12   Thomas Lüthi Kalex 20 +0.026 7 20
3 23   Marcel Schrötter Kalex 20 +2.123 1 16
4 87   Remy Gardner Kalex 20 +2.125 5 13
5 40   Augusto Fernández Kalex 20 +2.305 10 11
6 22   Sam Lowes Kalex 20 +3.334 6 10
7 73   Álex Márquez Kalex 20 +5.018 9 9
8 10   Luca Marini Kalex 20 +7.336 4 8
9 33   Enea Bastianini Kalex 20 +12.949 13 7
10 97   Xavi Vierge Kalex 20 +13.865 2 6
11 21   Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up 20 +15.525 19 5
12 41   Brad Binder KTM 20 +16.591 8 4
13 5   Andrea Locatelli Kalex 20 +18.667 17 3
14 2   Jesko Raffin NTS 20 +18.916 20 2
15 88   Jorge Martín KTM 20 +22.771 11 1
16 64   Bo Bendsneyder NTS 20 +22.822 18
17 89   Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex 20 +23.978 21
18 77   Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta 20 +26.904 24
19 24   Simone Corsi Kalex 20 +27.030 22
20 62   Stefano Manzi MV Agusta 20 +40.274 26
21 3   Lukas Tulovic KTM 20 +43.003 25
22 16   Joe Roberts KTM 20 +44.212 23
23 65   Philipp Öttl KTM 20 +47.657 29
24 20   Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex 20 +57.596 31
25 18   Xavier Cardelús KTM 20 +1:18.749 32
26 72   Marco Bezzecchi KTM 20 +1:35.817 28
Ret 45   Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 2 Accident 14
Ret 96   Jake Dixon KTM 2 Accident 30
Ret 35   Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1 Clutch 27
Ret 9   Jorge Navarro Speed Up 0 Accident 12
Ret 11   Nicolò Bulega Kalex 0 Accident 15
Ret 27   Iker Lecuona KTM 0 Accident 16
OFFICIAL MOTO2 REPORT

Moto3Edit

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 27   Kaito Toba Honda 18 38:08.887 3 25
2 48   Lorenzo Dalla Porta Honda 18 +0.053 2 20
3 44   Arón Canet KTM 18 +0.174 1 16
4 42   Marcos Ramírez Honda 18 +0.505 20 13
5 13   Celestino Vietti KTM 18 +0.584 8 11
6 75   Albert Arenas KTM 18 +0.818 6 10
7 25   Raúl Fernández KTM 18 +0.846 10 9
8 23   Niccolò Antonelli Honda 18 +0.850 5 8
9 55   Romano Fenati Honda 18 +0.890 11 7
10 84   Jakub Kornfeil KTM 18 +0.903 14 6
11 79   Ai Ogura Honda 18 +0.956 15 5
12 21   Alonso López Honda 18 +1.755 21 4
13 17   John McPhee Honda 18 +1.849 4 3
14 16   Andrea Migno KTM 18 +3.450 17 2
15 19   Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 18 +3.514 12 1
16 14   Tony Arbolino Honda 18 +4.201 7
17 77   Vicente Pérez KTM 18 +4.267 9
18 61   Can Öncü KTM 18 +26.272 18
19 22   Kazuki Masaki KTM 18 +31.779 13
20 6   Ryusei Yamanaka Honda 18 +31.820 25
21 12   Filip Salač KTM 18 +31.943 28
22 54   Riccardo Rossi Honda 18 +31.979 29
23 76   Makar Yurchenko KTM 18 +1:23.259 23
24 69   Tom Booth-Amos KTM 15 +3 laps 26
Ret 24   Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 4 Accident 19
Ret 7   Dennis Foggia KTM 4 Accident 16
Ret 40   Darryn Binder KTM 1 Accident 24
Ret 71   Ayumu Sasaki Honda 0 Accident 22
Ret 5   Jaume Masiá KTM 0 Accident 27
OFFICIAL MOTO3 REPORT

Championship standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 Qatar MotoGP - Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "motogp.com · VisitQatar GRAND PRIX · MotoGP Race Classification 2019". Motogp.com. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "OFFICIAL MOTOGP REPORT" (PDF). Resources.motogp.com. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

External linksEdit


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