Tag Archive: Qatar

Mar 26

Desert stormed: Viñales draws first blood in 2017

Yamaha vs Ducati as Qatar stages an opener to remember. Showtime? The curtain’s up…

Rain, delays, uncertainty and a decision for a slightly shortened race distance prefaced the 20 laps that then blew the drama out the water: MotoGP™ is back for 2017, and in some style.

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Mar 17

Pedrosa talks rivals, pressure and 2017

A quick Q&A with the Repsol Honda rider before the paddock heads for Qatar

Pedrosa talks rivals, pressure and 2017Third at the last official test, Dani Pedrosa closed preseason with a good feeling and a positive progression – after also finishing high up the order in Australia and Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Ducati rider rules the roost as action opens in Qatar

Dovizioso tops Day 1 in the desert

MotoGP - Andrea DoviziosoAndrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took first blood as the third and final preseason test got underway at Losail International Circuit in Qatar, setting the fastest lap of the night and quicker than new teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s 2016 race lap record. Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the top three. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 09

Last chance saloon: can anyone top Viñales in Qatar?

The final preseason test is here, with Movistar Yamaha’s new recruit three for three in testing so far

http://photos.motogp.com/2017/03/03/img_9903_0_0.big.jpgAfter first contact at Sepang International Circuit and comparisons done at the very different Phillip Island, the final outing of the three Official Tests ahead of the 2017 season will soon be underway in Qatar, from 10th – 12th March.

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Feb 14

The Island awaits as testing continues

After Sepang comes Phillip Island – one step closer to the start of the season 

Phillip Island 2017 Event Main Sponsor Announced The first official test of the year saw the class of MotoGP™ 2017 out in force at Sepang International Circuit recently, and actions resumes soon at Phillip Island in Australia from February 15th-17th as the countdown to Qatar gets shorter.

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Nov 23

Tiago Monteiro in Qatar in search of second place in the WTCC

Although mathematically the figures do not really add up in his favor

WTCC - Tiago Monteiro Tiago Monteiro has already touched down in Qatar where he will contest the final round of the 2016 FIA World Touring Car Championship on November 24 and 25.

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Oct 30

Davies dominates the ultimate showdown in Qatar

Ducati rider lights the way in drama-filled season finale

WSBK - Davies dominates the ultimate showdown in Qatar The final race of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship had it all; Ducati dominating proceedings, a Pedercini Kawasaki flaming inferno and an admirable show of team spirit by the current World Champion. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing- Ducati) shattered the competition from beginning to end, even after the race was restarted. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki racing Team) was given a ray of hope when his teammate and newly crowned World Champion, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) let him pass on the final corner to take second and the overall runner-up spot.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 24

The 2016 WorldSBK Crown Awaits

As the Sun Sets on 2016, the Final Battle Begins

The 2016 WorldSBK Crown Awaits - Losail International Circuit of Qatar Qatar darkness brings the biggest gains as the Crown awaits. The Losail International Circuit of Qatar is the final battleground of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and everything is at stake as the ultimate battle for the title resumes. Located on the coast of the Persian Peninsula, just north of Doha, the circuit sees WorldSBK riders tackle 16 turns on 5.38kms of floodlit tarmac under the stars in the Arabian desert. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 25

WTCC: Tiago Monteiro delivers two beautiful races in China

The championship final will be played at night, on the 24th and 25th of November at the Losail circuit in Qatar

WTCC Tiago Monteiro aiming for revenge in Qatar The 10th weekend of racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, WTCC, was one of the most complicated of the season for the official Honda team and their driver, Tiago Monteiro.

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Mar 28

Ecclestone confirms F1 sale price agreed – but he’s not buying

“There are two people who want to buy”
Ecclestone confirms F1 sale price agreed - but he's not buyingF1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone claims that the sport has not one, but two potential buyers lined up its controlling stake – but insists that he is not one of them. Read the rest of this entry »
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Mar 20

Dominant victory for Lorenzo under the Qatar floodlights

Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar

MotoGP - Dominant victory for Lorenzo under the Qatar floodlights The 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship got off to a fiery start in Qatar as Lorenzo blitzed the field ahead of Dovizioso and Marquez
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Mar 19

Perfect start to title defence for Lorenzo with Qatar pole

Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar

MotoGP - Perfect start to title defence for Lorenzo with Qatar pole The first pole of the 2016 FIM MotoGP™ World Championship season went to World Champion Lorenzo, Marquez and Viñales completing the front row. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 17

Jorge Lorenzo leads as the MotoGP™ riders hit the track in Qatar

The weekend started with reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on top under the floodlights of Losail

MotoGP - All the 2016 MotoGP riders The weekend started with Xavier Hernandez and Valentino Rossi going head to head in a football match between their respective academies. Former FC Barcelona player’s Doha based Aspire Academy and the Doctor’s VR46 Academy. Download and share the copyright-free video edit of the event by clicking here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 14

Ready for battle, the MotoGP™ World Championship roars into 2016

Since 2008 each season of the MotoGP™ World Championship has begun under the brilliant floodlights of the Qatar

MotoGP logo As is tradition, the Losail Circuit Sports Club will host the first round of the MotoGP™ World Championship under their famous floodlights. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 13

Lowes and Antonelli up the pace on final day of testing

Lap times tumbled in the desert as riders in the junior class pushed for headline grabbing laps before the 2016 season

WSBK - Sam Lowes Work continued for the Moto2™ World Championship on their third and final day of testing in Qatar ahead of the opening round of 2016. Several riders saved themselves and their bikes for the final two sessions of the day, conditions less than ideal during their first potential stint on track. Many of the same names remained towards the top of the timing screens as several riders are emerging as favourites for the upcoming Qatar GP, if not the season as a whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 12

Luthi and Loi lead as winglets appear in Qatar

A second day of testing saw many riders confirm their positions at the top while others made technical advancements

WSBK - Moto 2 - Tom Luthi It was another productive day of testing for the Moto2™ World Championship at the Losail Circuit Sports Club. Many riders were hesitant to head out in the first session, waiting for conditions closer to race day on Sunday the 20th of March. This saw only 11 riders head out for the first session of the day. Unfortunately this did not include Axel Pons (AGR Team) who decided to sit out the second day of testing due to injury. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 11

Rins and Navarro lead the charge in Qatar

The two Spanish riders topped the time sheets in the junior classes as they begin their final test of 2016 in Losail

Rins and Navarro lead the charge in Qatar It was a slow start to testing for the Moto3™ World Championship in Qatar, their first session on track run with the sun still in the sky and the track quite dirty. As a result, not all riders went out on track but those who did went out to test a new hard rear tyre for Dunlop. This tyre will be used for Argentina and will only be used at the Qatar Test for non-night sessions; the tyre allocation for the Qatar race will be soft and medium compounds as in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 10

Three days of testing greet lightweight classes in Qatar

Moto2/Moto3 Official Test Qatar Preview

Lozail Qatar Test Night One final test awaits in Qatar for the Moto2™ and Moto3™ World Championships, riders look to consolidate their performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mar 04

Lorenzo leads as riders push to limit during final test

Riders were given one last test session before the 2016 season begins on the 20th of March in Qatar

MotoGP - Jorge Lorenzo A crash filled final day in Qatar as the MotoGP™ World Championship conclude their pre-season testing, Lorenzo on top again.

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Mar 01

Winter almost gone, one last MotoGP test in Qatar

The end of winter rapidly approaches; just one final test remains before the season gets underway

MotoGP™ riders prepare for final pre-season testAfter three days in both Sepang and Phillip Island, the MotoGP™ World Championship head to Losail International Circuit for one last test. Read the rest of this entry »

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