Marquez fourth, Pedrosa fifth in weather-affected Qatar evening

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Grand Prix of Qatar

MotoGP 2017   Round 1

Marquez fourth, Pedrosa fifth in weather-affected Qatar evening

Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took fourth and fifth place, respectively, in today’s Qatar Grand Prix. The Losail evening was affected by mixed weather conditions that created quite a tricky situation.

A brief, light rain shower fell just minutes before the planned MotoGP race time of 9 p.m., causing the GP start time and race distance to be changed twice. Finally, the lights went off at 9:45, following two warm-up laps that preceded a 20-lap race.

In the hectic moments preceding the race, Marc changed his front tyre on the grid, switching from a hard-front/medium-rear combination to a medium-medium spec. Dani kept his original choice of medium-medium, but both riders struggled with the front during the race.

After a good start, Marc fought hard for the second position for half of the race but finally had to settle for fourth, while Dani managed to hold off the attacks of Aleix Espargaro to finish in the top five.

 

Marc Marquez

4th 

“We were aware that we struggle a bit at this track, but as always we kept a positive attitude, as we also knew that if everything was in place, we could have fought for the podium or even the victory. I think we worked well over the weekend, and we had everything clear for today. Our plan was to use the harder front compound, but the chaotic situation with the rain and the continuous delays created many doubts. In the end we decided to go with the medium front, aiming to reduce the risk of crashing, but this turned out to be our biggest mistake of the weekend. I struggled with the front the entire time; I couldn’t brake hard and after few laps the tyre was already wearing off. We continued to have some small issues with acceleration, but even so I had a good feeling with my bike. But with that tyre choice, I wasn’t able to gain on braking. That’s my strongest point, so I decided, okay let’s finish this race and Argentina will be another race.”

 

Dani Pedrosa

5th 

“It was a strange race from the beginning, due to these conditions with the rain and the delayed start. It was hard to remain focused during those moments. Then we did our best to manage the race, but we suffered a lot with the front tyre, which turned out to be too soft for us. We couldn’t push with the front and I think that all the Hondas had the same problems. Saving the tyre to make it last until the end was hard, and above all we weren’t able to push. Anyway, it’s just the first race; we must immediately concentrate on the next one, try to solve this issue and have a good race in Argentina.”

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Team 38’59.999
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team 0.461
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team 1.928
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team 6.745
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team 7.128
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 7.661
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Octo Pramac Racing 9.782
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 8 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 14.486
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar 14.788
10 Folger Jonas 94 GER 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 15.069
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team 20.516
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Reale Avintia Racing 21.255
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 3 Reale Avintia Racing 28.828
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 29.123
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 29.470
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33.601
17 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 39.704
18 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 47.131
19 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 0 Octo Pramac Racing 6 laps
20 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 10 laps
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 13 laps
22 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 14 laps
23 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda 16 laps
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 20 Ducati Team
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 13 Repsol Honda Team
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 10 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
7 Redding Scott 45 GBR 9 Octo Pramac Racing
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS 8 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
9 Rins Alex 42 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar
10 Folger Jonas 94 GER 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA 4 Reale Avintia Racing
13 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 3 Reale Avintia Racing
14 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 2 Pull&Bear Aspar Team
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS
 

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Yamaha Factory Racing Team 41
2 Ducati Team 25
3 Repsol Honda Team 24
4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 10
5 Octo Pramac Racing 9
6 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 9
7 Team Suzuki Ecstar 7
8 Reale Avintia Racing 7
9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 6
10 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 2

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Yamaha 25
2 Ducati 20
3 Honda 13
4 Aprilia 10
5 Suzuki 7

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