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Liam Marsden  says:

Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo victorious at season opener

Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has won the opening race of the 2012 MotoGP championship at the floodlit Losail circuit in Qatar. Lorenzo took to the front of the pack on the first lap, but reigning champion Casey Stoner took to the lead on the third lap where he stayed until the final corner on lap 19. Stoner had opened up...

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  • Posted 3 years ago (08 April 2012 21:14)

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Aug 02

Posts: 191

mike27 says:


Yesterday was momentous - it is now clear to all that Rossi is finished. Of course, many saw the writing on the wall during last season. First test at Valencia, the race at Silvertone and, of course, all those times being outpaced by inferior Ducatis. But his performance over the weekend just gone was lamentable. As I've asked before, how does he leave with dignity? Based on the quotes posted elsewhere, this is a question Rossi himself is struggling with.

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Dec 08

Posts: 4

gray42 says:

well done Cal good to see it was an incident free race. The Moto2 looked nuts!!

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Aug 11

Posts: 687

Bootlegger says:

Thrilling opener

Great show by the 3 aliens. George proved strongest on the night, Dani ever so close to the win and Casey,well you can't win 'em all. George has the Qatar win off his back, Casey has to do the same in Jerez and that will be a tough ask. Great first outing for Stefan. That race and result will do his confidence no harm.


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Aug 02

Posts: 2319

Hedgehog5 says:


"Pedrosa finished second: Edwards finished first CRT"

Right... so Pedrosa, one of the lightest riders on the grid, was the only rider on a prototype to set his fastest lap towards the end of the race (& he was only at 3 quarter race distance)... everyone else set their fastest times at the start or middle of the race... including Stoner who set the fastest lap, Cal who set the 2nd fastest & JL who won the race & set theirs within the 1st 5 laps. The reason I mentioned Edwards was because he was on a CRT & might be expected to set a faster lasp at the end of the race with no fuel regulation.

"Are you losing your mind little one?"

"the fastest laps were set towards the end of the race"

"Game over"

Yeeeeeah... right... ?

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Mar 11

Posts: 470

Hopefully Matt Birt will be along soon

with an expose of rossi's complete implosion.

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Oct 11

Posts: 617

revnev7 says:


         I thought Stoner would have a tougher year with lorenzo this time round, but after yesterday`s showing I can see it`s going to be even easier than last season. A new" race win`s in a season" record will be coming his way. Without the arm pump he would have pissed it by at least 5 second`s, Awesome.     And as for rossi,what can you say ? At least at the next round he won`t get anywhere near the front runner`s,so Stoner should be safe from attack,and come out of Jerez with a lot more point`s than last season.  Cal had a really good race,but it`ll get tougher to beat Dovi once he get`s "Yamarised" . Spies had a weekend to forget,it`ll get better,but he ain`t no alien. There are only 3 of them. As for Nicky,he did about what was expected,a midfielder thru` and thru`,even on 1 of the "fast" Dukes.      Iv`e read some of rossi`s rant`s,it get`s funnier every week,Vitto must feel even more of a nob than usual after his "fighting for a podium" crap speech !        All in all a good meeting,roll on the next round.   And BSB today in the rain,now that`ll be interesting.

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Apr 12

Posts: 11

fatbloke63 says:

More arm pump

Let's hope Stoner gets more arm pump, otherwise he's going to walk it again, way too strong.

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Jan 11

Posts: 303

TomRR says:


What a race Moto2...... I was at Qatar and tell you it was an awsome race , Great track, Moto GP if every round is like last night, then we are in for a thrilling season, Well done Cal Crutchlow, great ride right to the end. gripping stuff.   now down to the hotel beach for some Jet ski, what a life eh..... 

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Mar 09

Posts: 4965

Nostrodamus says:

Herve's been hoodwinked

What the fuck was he thinking signing Smith (who contextually has achieved very little in half a dozen seasons of GP's) to a guaranteed MotoGP machine 2013?

Where's poor old Dovi to go? The next over hyped sacrificial Italian at Ducati Corse?

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Aug 09

Posts: 87

spdmon says:

Great article

Filippo Preziosi defended Valentino Rossi after his horrible qualifying session in Qatar saying that Rossi’s talent is out of the question, however after yesterday’s lowly 10th place finish, the former World Champion in a post race interview with Sportmediaset very calmly and matter-of-factly decided to get few things off his chest, but the underlying message that came across the TV screen is that Rossi has given up hope and is completely demotivated.

Here are some salient parts of the interview that has almost every MotoGP fan in Italy demanding that his contract with Ducati be rescinded and that he give back the money he has ’stolen’. Marco Lucchinelli after hearing his words said that Rossi has become the ‘old Biaggi’ of MotoGP, which caused another outcry from offended Biaggi fans.

- Hector Barbera pushed him off track making him lose five seconds

- this race was worse than last year’s and that he had already given up hope last season

- Ducati isn’t really following his indications and that he isn’t an engineer and that he can’t fix the problems

- despite the pace for 5th this isn’t what he’s in MotoGP for

- he can’t ride this bike, but at least he can push a little more however admitting that but he doesn’t have any confidence

- when Barbera pushed him off track and he was the last of the GP bikes he felt like returning to his pit garage but decided to continue for his squad and give them more info

- he also continued because he wanted to see if busting his ass all winter long in training was worthwhile - it was - he was fresh as a daisy and never even broke into a sweat.

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