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  • MotoGP Qatar GP: Jorge Martin Takes Pole Position, Wins Sprint Race in Lusail

  • The Round 1 of MotoGP 2024, Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar took place at the Lusail International Circuit in Lusail on March 9, 2024.

    In Qualifying, Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) took pole position with a new Lusail lap record 1'50.789s.
    Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) was 2nd, and Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) was 3rd, both riders will start on the front row tomorrow.
    Reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) finished 5th and will start on the second row.
    Marc Marquez (Gresini Ducati), who starts the new season as Ducati rider from Honda, finished 6th.
    A rising star rookie, former Moto 2 and Mot 3 champion, Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) took 8th position.
    Japanese manufacturers Yamaha and Honda riders, including Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Alex Rins, and Luca Marini, all failed to advance to Q2.

    In the Sprint Race, poleman Jorge Martin led all 11 laps of the half-distance race to win. This marks his 10th victory of the Sprint Race.
    Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) and Aleix Espargaro were 2nd and 3rd each, joining on the podium.
    Francesco Bagnaia was 4th, followed by, Marc Marquez's debut race as a Gresini Ducati rider was 5th.
    Rookie Pedro Acosta finished 8th and scored points on his MotoGP debut race.
    Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) snatched the last point on offer in 9th.
  • Jorge Martin said, “I was fast, but the rear-tyre chatter is still there, so we need to work on that. I think I was really close to crashing in a lot of corners, so I was struggling a lot. Today we have achieved, but tomorrow, if we continue like this, it will be impossible. Let's work on it. I feel confident, I feel fast, the only thing is the bike. We need to work on it tonight and let's see if we can enjoy the big one tomorrow.”

    Brad Binder said, “Today was great. It's always awesome to finish on the podium, especially in the first race back. The pace was really fast, especially in the first few laps. I'm super impressed with the gains we made on corner entry and under braking, the bike's on another level there, but we obviously have some work to do.”

    Aleix Espargaro said, “I tried my best, but I lost a lot of time with overtakes. Unfortunately, we need to improve a bit on the straights because it's easy for them to overtake me, but the speed we can have throughout the circuit is amazing. I'm really happy, the level of the bike is extremely high and I think also that in the long race, we will have a better chance because we saved a lot of rear tyre.”

    Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar Qualifying Results

    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 1'50.789s

    2. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.083s

    3. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +0.086s

    4. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.124s

    5. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.139s

    6. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.172s

    7. Fabio Di Giannantonio / VR46 Ducati / +0.230s

    8. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +0.341s

    9. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.477s

    10. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.517s

    11. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.551s

    12. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / +0.732s

    13. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / 1'51.537s

    14. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / 1'51.565s

    15. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / 1'51.864s

    16. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 1'51.918

    17. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'52.026s

    18. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / 1'52.204s

    19. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'52.228s

    20. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / 1'52.327s

    21. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / 1'52.952s

    22. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / 1'52.98s

    Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar Sprint Race Results

    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 20m 41.287s

    2. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.548s

    3. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.729s

    4. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +1.625s

    5. Marc Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +1.872s

    6. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +2.322s

    7. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +3.154s

    8. Pedro Acosta / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +4.431s

    9. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +6.738s

    10. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / 12.670s

    11. Marco Bezzecchi / VR46 Ducati / +12.835s

    12. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +12.863s

    13. Miguel Oliveira / Trackhouse Aprilia / +13.095s

    14. Raul Fernandez / Trackhouse Aprilia / +13.795s

    15. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +14.096s

    16. Johann Zarco / LCR Honda / +14.840s

    17. Alex Rins / Monster Yamaha / +15.629s

    18. Augusto Fernandez / Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 / +17.711s

    19. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +22.733s

    20. Franco Morbidelli / Pramac Ducati / +23.267s

    21. Luca Marini / Repsol Honda / +25.553s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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