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MotoGP’s 2010 World Champion Lorenzo Wins The Opener At The Commercial Bank Grand Prix

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Lorenzo heading towards victory (Photo Bobby Hsu/LSV)

Lorenzo Wins The First Round of the MotoGP Tour Ending Casey Stoner’s Domination of the Series, Sealing Repsol Honda’s Team Winning Streak At The Losail International Circuit in Qatar

Doha, Qatar –  MotoGP’s 2010 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo won The Commercial Bank Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit ending Casey Stoner’s reign here after four consecutive wins. Tonight’s season opener would record the end of Repsol Honda’s longest winning streak at Qatar, the Japanese motor company facing mounting challenges by Yamaha Factory Racing and The Ducati team.

This night’s MotoGP event would introduce new rules in the competition. TheCRT short for Claiming Rules Team would now allow factory and satellite teams to use of up to twelve engines for the season, up to 24 liters of fuel and unrestricted engine modification. Now, teams would be in a better position to compete if they chose to enter the CRT and employ the latest racing technologies. Entrants would pay a substantial fee to participate.

Lorenzo puts on a victory smile at post race press conference. (Photo Bobby Hsu/LSV)

Under a brilliant Doha full moon shining on Losail’s largest audience since the start of MotoGP racing here, Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo would notch the first win of the season riding for Yamaha Factory Racing defeating Australian Casey Stoner who dominated MotoGP in 2011. Currently, Stoner has recorded forty overall wins, compared to Lorenzo’s thirty-nine and Dani Pedrosa’s thirty-eight career wins.

Lorenzo rode the new Yamaha YZR-1000cc starting at the pole position by winning the best lap time of 1’54.634 averaging 103.0 miles per hour in comparison to Stoner’s 1’54.855 and Pedrosa’s 1’55.905. Lorenzo took the lead with Pedrosa and Stoner just a whisker away. The start of the race was extremely close with each of the lead riders separated by a distance of just 0.254”, from each other, and that’s just a couple lengths of a motorcycle.

Stoner took over the lead after the third lap through lap eighteen increasing the lead at the front to a large margin of nearly three seconds. Seemingly, victory would be assured for Stoner tonight with another amazing fifth straight win at Qatar but pain and fatigue forced him back to the third position. Pedrosa reclaimed the second position and Lorenzo flew to the checkered flag completing the race in a time of 42’44.214” averaging 166.2 Kmh, 103.272 miles per hour. Pedrosa finished in second place just 0.852” behind compared to Stoner’s 2.908”.

Icon Italian Valentino Rossi of the Ducati Team finished a disappointing 10th

with American teammate Nicky Hayden landing in the 6th spot. The sixteen finishing riders spread over the Losail track at an amazing seventeen seconds to nearly three minutes from the winner, Lorenzo tonight.

At the post-race conference Lorenzo said: “I thought it would be impossible to win tonight but I put everything I had into the race as I did in 2010 when I won the title.”

Stoner: “We had the fastest bike out there but I had problems with body tightening, losing strength in my hands and arms and I couldn’t hold the bike properly, but I’m happy to finish the race.”

Pedrosa: “There were problems with the bike from vibration but I found the strength to go on. Lorenzo won a smart race. Thanks to my team, my Family and my fans.”

Round two of the tour continues in Jerez, Spain on April 29.

Motor sports is not all guys and grease monkeys. (Photo Bobby Hsu/LSV)

MotoGP Results:

  1. 1.    Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41:44.21 seconds, 2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 0.852, 3. Casey Stoner (Austrailia) Honda 2.908, 4. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 17.114, 5. Andrea Dovizsioso (Italy) Yamaha 17.420, 6. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 28.413, 7. Alvaro Baustisa (Spain) Honda 28.446, 8. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 29.464, 9. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 31.384, 10. Valentino Rossi (Italy) 33.665.

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  • Julio

    Good piece Bobby. Love your pics. 

  • Yanassi

    It was a really good race with passing strageties at the last laps.