Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar
Race Results 29/03/2015
After a superb battle with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) emerged as the winner in this epic race which for most of the time also included Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team). 36 year old Rossi said it was one of the best races of his career, but it also showed the re-emergence of Ducati as a force to be reckoned with for the 2015 MotoGP season with Andrea Iannone finishing third ahead of Jorge Lorenzo in fourth.
The Repsol Honda pairing of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finished fifth and sixth respectively after reigning World Champion Marquez ran wide on the first corner of the first lap ending up at the rear of the field.
The first Suzuki to finish was Aleix Espargaro in eleventh with Marc Melandri the only factory Aprilia to complete the race in 21st.
1 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 42’35.717
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +0.174
3 Andrea IANNONE (ITA) Ducati Team Ducati +2.250
In a dramatic race victory went to Jonas Folger (AGR Team Kalex) who inherited the lead after Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport Kalex), who was leading the race by 4 seconds struck problems when his gear lever broke on lap 17 and lost seven places eventually finishing 8th. Second spot went to Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) with Thomas Luthi (Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex) finishing third ahead of a fast finishing Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP40 Kalex).
Pole sitter Sam Lowes (Speed Up Racing) crashed while lying in second spot when a false neutral caused him to go off line on a corner, while reigning Moto2 World Champion Esteve Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) also crashed when Simone Corsi (Althina Forward racing Kalex) cut across his line and took out his front wheel.
1 Jonas FOLGER (GER) AGR Team Kalex 40’18.532
2 Xavier SIMEON (BEL) Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex +5.051
3 Thomas LUTHI (SWI) Derendinger Racing Interwetten Kalex +12.123
Pole sitter Alexis Masbou (Saxoprint RTG Honda) took out a thrilling race in which the first nine riders crossed the finishing line less than 1 second apart. Second place went to Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda), who started 21st on the grid, with Danny Kent (Leopard Racing Honda) in third.
One of the pre- race favourites, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) crashed on the first corner of the first lap after coming into contact with Francesco Bagnaia (Mapfre Team Mahindra) while rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo (Estrella Gallicia 0,0 Honda) finished seventh.
1 Alexis MASBOU (FRA) SAXOPRINT RTG Honda 38’25.424
2 Enea BASTIANINI (ITA) Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda +0.027
3 Danny KENT (GBR) Leopard Racing Honda +0.142