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Quartararo puts Qatar start error down to "stress"

MotoGP rookie Fabio Quartararo admits he was feeling stressed in the run-up to stalling on the grid for his premier class race debut in Qatar.

Vinales admits he can't beat rivals using current style

Maverick Vinales said that he will need to adopt a different riding style during MotoGP races, as his current way of riding is heavily compromised while riding in traffic.

Qatar crashes left Zarco feeling like an amateur

Johann Zarco has admitted that his crashes during his debut MotoGP weekend with KTM in Qatar made him feel like he "doesn't know anything about bikes".

Rivola: MotoGP told Aprilia Ducati-style winglet was illegal

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola says the Italian marque was informed by MotoGP officials in February that running a winglet in front of the rear wheel, as Ducati did in the Qatar Grand Prix, would be illegal.

Lorenzo: Bad luck “destroyed” promising Qatar weekend

Jorge Lorenzo believes that a promising first MotoGP race weekend as a Honda rider in Qatar was “destroyed” by ill fortune.

Rins admits Qatar MotoGP battles made him "very angry"

Suzuki MotoGP rider Alex Rins admits he was “very angry” during the 2019 season opener in Qatar, as he felt his rivals were “playing” with him.

Why Ducati's new part has enraged its MotoGP rivals

While the protest against Ducati at the Qatar Grand Prix was quickly dimissed, it's easy to see why its MotoGP rivals are appealing the decision.

Miller details bizarre Qatar seat debacle

Jack Miller says his Ducati's loose seat unit in the MotoGP-season opening Qatar Grand Prix gave him no option other than to ultimately retire from the race.

Crutchlow: Qatar podium a "dream" after injury ordeal

Cal Crutchlow says his third-place finish in the MotoGP-season opening Qatar Grand Prix is a "dream" result after the huge crash in Australia last year that curtailed his season.

Rossi says Yamaha problems remain despite fightback

Valentino Rossi reckons that Yamaha's MotoGP bike is "more or less" in the same position it was last year, despite an impressive recovery in the Qatar Grand Prix by the Italian.

Ducati says "political" reasons behind rivals' Qatar protest

The protest lodged by Ducati's MotoGP rivals in the wake of Andrea Dovizioso's Qatar Grand Prix victory was made largely for "political" reasons, believes team sporting director Paolo Ciabatti.

Marquez: "Dovizioso answered my pre-race prayers"

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says rival Andrea Dovizioso answered his prayers by setting a slow pace out front in the Qatar season opener.

Ducati protest rejected, Dovizioso keeps Qatar win

MotoGP stewards have thrown out a protest against Ducati following Sunday evening's 2019 season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, meaning Andrea Dovizioso keeps his victory.

Ducati under investigation over winglet complaint

Ducati is facing an investigation following the Qatar Grand Prix regarding a rear tyre winglet the Italian team used during the race.

Dovizioso's late error helped him beat Marquez

Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso says his error late in the season-opening Qatar race helped him emerge victorious in his duel with Marc Marquez.

Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso edges Marquez by 0.023s

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso beat Marc Marquez to win the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP season by just 0.023 seconds at the end of a typically frantic affair in Qatar.

Qatar MotoGP - the race as it happened

Follow our minute-by-minute coverage of the Qatar Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2019 MotoGP season.

Qatar MotoGP: Petrucci leads Marquez in warm-up

Ducati MotoGP rider Danilo Petrucci set the pace in warm-up ahead of Sunday's season-opening Qatar Grand Prix.

MotoGP riders powerless in Qatar start time row - Crutchlow

MotoGP riders were left feeling powerless in the row over the Qatar Grand Prix start time, says Cal Crutchlow.

Rossi: Poor race pace means Qatar comeback unlikely

Valentino Rossi says there is very little chance of making progress from his disappointing 14th on grid for the MotoGP season opening Qatar Grand Prix.

Petrucci admits losing Marquez's 'cat and mouse game'

Danilo Petrucci says he was frustrated to have lost what he described as a game of 'cat and mouse' with Marc Marquez in Qatar MotoGP qualifying.

Lorenzo "in pain everywhere" after Qatar crashes

New Honda MotoGP recruit Jorge Lorenzo says he is "in pain everywhere" after suffering two crashes during Saturday's running in Qatar, including one in qualifying.

Dovizioso: Front row a shock after poor Qatar test

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso says he "really didn't expect" to have the speed to qualify on the front row for the Qatar MotoGP opener following a difficult pre-season test at the track.

Qatar MotoGP: Vinales on pole, Rossi down in 14th

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales scored pole position for the opening round of the 2019 MotoGP season in Qatar, while teammate Valentino Rossi dropped out in Q1 and Jorge Lorenzo crashed.