Qatar GP (2017)

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Second in Qatar would've been seen as a "disaster" for Vinales

Maverick Vinales’ chief engineer Ramon Forcada says anything other than victory last weekend in Qatar for the Yamaha MotoGP rider would have been seen as a "disaster".

Redding “glad” he doesn’t have Petrucci’s Ducati GP17

Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding says he is “glad” he missed out on a current-spec MotoGP bike last year, as it puts the pressure on teammate Danilo Petrucci.

MotoGP riders want Qatar circuit resurfaced

Leading MotoGP riders have called for the asphalt to be resurfaced in time for next year’s Qatar Grand Prix, following the difficulties encountered this year.

Ducati “still missing something”, admits Dovizioso

Ducati isn’t quite ready to compete with its MotoGP rivals for victories on a consistent basis, admits Qatar runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi's testing pace deficit "gone" after Qatar

Valentino Rossi's deficit to MotoGP's pacesetters has "gone" after the Qatar season-opener, believes his crew chief Silvano Galbusera.

Top riders praise Zarco for “impressive” Qatar showing

MotoGP’s top riders have lavished praise on Johann Zarco for an impressive rookie showing in Qatar, in which the Moto2 champion led before crashing.

KTM missed points target in Qatar, admits Smith

Bradley Smith says KTM had been targeting a point on its first MotoGP weekend as a regular competitor in Qatar, a goal the Austrian marque narrowly missed out on.

Opinion: MotoGP got lucky with the weather in Qatar

The Qatar MotoGP race was on the brink of disaster thanks to the havoc caused by the weather. Jamie Klein believes it's time for a rethink.

Vinales admits disbelief at Rossi Qatar race recovery

Qatar Grand Prix winner Maverick Vinales admits he was shocked to see Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi right behind him during the MotoGP season opener.

Espargaro hails “dream” top-six result on Aprilia debut  

Aleix Espargaro has hailed his “dream” top-six result in the Qatar Grand Prix, which marked Aprilia’s best result since its return to MotoGP.

Iannone vows to make Qatar crash “first and last” of 2017

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone says he wants to ensure his crash in the Qatar MotoGP season-opener is his “first and last” of the year.

Dovizioso: Nobody had the pace to beat Vinales in Qatar

Nobody had the race pace to beat Maverick Vinales in Sunday's Qatar MotoGP season-opener, according to second-place finisher Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo admits he's "not prepared" to fight at the front

Jorge Lorenzo admits being "too slow" in parts of the Qatar Grand Prix shows he is still not prepared to challenge at the top end of MotoGP with Ducati.

Late tyre change was "biggest mistake", says Marquez

Marc Marquez regrets his decision not to run a hard front tyre in the Qatar MotoGP season opener, saying he could've won the race if not for the late switch.

Rossi: Practice breakthrough saved "critical" situation

Valentino Rossi has credited a practice breakthrough with his Yamaha MotoGP bike for going from a "critical” situation to the podium in the Qatar Grand Prix.

Zarco says he accepted crash risk on MotoGP debut

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco says he accepted the risks he took that led to him crashing out of the lead in his first-ever MotoGP race in Qatar.

Qatar MotoGP: Top 5 quotes after race

Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales made an incredible Yamaha debut at the start of the 2017 MotoGP season tonight, securing a perfect victory at the Grand Prix of Qatar

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales beats Dovizioso in epic duel

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales won the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, the first round of the 2017 MotoGP championship, after winning an intense duel for victory with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Qatar MotoGP: Marquez tops warm-up despite crashing

Defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez led the way in Sunday's extended warm-up session for the Qatar Grand Prix, despite suffering a crash.

Lorenzo advocates moving Qatar race to twilight hours

Ducati rider Jorge Lorenzo believes MotoGP organisers should switch the Qatar season opener from being a full night race to a twilight event in future.

Drainage issues to blame for cancelled MotoGP qualifying

MotoGP safety representative Loris Capirossi says drainage issues are to blame for the cancellation of Saturday’s Qatar Grand Prix practice and qualifying sessions.

MotoGP riders back call to cancel Qatar qualifying

MotoGP's leading riders have backed the decision by race organisers to cancel qualifying for the Qatar season opener due to wet weather.

MotoGP organisers call off Qatar qualifying

Qualifying for MotoGP’s season opener in Qatar has been cancelled due to wet weather.

MotoGP schedules extra practice session in rain-hit Qatar

MotoGP riders will get additional Qatar Grand Prix track time on Saturday, to evaluate wet track conditions.

Qatar MotoGP race could be moved to daytime

The opening round of the MotoGP season in Qatar could be moved forward to be run during the daytime, as riders think it would be safer than a wet race.

Defiant Lorenzo says front row start possible from Q1

Jorge Lorenzo believes he can still start his first MotoGP race with Ducati on the front row of the grid, despite missing the automatic Q2 cut-off in Qatar practice.

Vinales still "a step ahead of everybody", says Marquez

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes Maverick Vinales is still "one step in front of everybody” after practice for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales shades Iannone in third practice

Maverick Vinales edged out Andrea Iannone by 0.014s to lead third practice for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, as Jorge Lorenzo missed out on automatic qualification for Q2.

Qatar MotoGP: Redding tops second practice, Vinales crashes

Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding topped second practice for the MotoGP season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, as Thursday pacesetter Maverick Vinales crashed.

Vinales: If I'm not fighting to win, it would be my fault

Maverick Vinales admits he would have to “make a big mistake” to not be fighting for victory in MotoGP’s season opener in Qatar on Sunday.

Struggling Rossi reveals cause for lack of Qatar pace

Valentino Rossi has put his lack of pace in the opening practice session of the Qatar MotoGP weekend down to a lack of feeling with his front tyre.

Crutchlow escapes 330km/h near miss in opening practice

LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow says he “rode like shit” after his mechanical scare at the start of first practice for the Qatar Grand Prix.

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales dominates first practice of 2017

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales dominated the first practice session of the 2017 MotoGP season in Qatar, ending up nearly six tenths clear of the opposition.

Vinales insists he's used to pressure of being "favourite"

Maverick Vinales insists that being the championship favourite is nothing new for him, following his domination of MotoGP pre-season testing.

Extra Qatar MotoGP session planned in event of rain

MotoGP organisers have made contingency plans for an additional Qatar Grand Prix practice session on Thursday evening, if forecast rain arrives.

Lorenzo says riders "worried" by possibility of wet Qatar race

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo says that MotoGP riders are “a bit worried” by the prospect of racing in the wet for this weekend’s Qatar season opener.

Rossi "needs to improve" to fight for the top five

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi says he needs to find more pace to be able to fight in the top five in this weekend's Qatar MotoGP season opener.

KTM will not race latest engine in Qatar opener

KTM will not race its latest specification of engine in the first round of the MotoGP season in Qatar, after struggling badly during last week's final pre-season test.

Vinales insists Qatar MotoGP victory not a must

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales says the upcoming MotoGP 2017 season opener in Qatar is not a must-win race for him, despite his imperious pre-season form.

MotoGP riders sceptical of racing in the rain at Qatar

The new possibility of racing in Qatar in the rain, in a Grand Prix already run at night, has left several MotoGP riders feeling sceptical about whether such a plan would work in practice.