Qatar MotoGP 2016

No more testing, the 2016 MotoGP championship finally gets underway at the 3.3 mile floodlit Losail circuit, with all signs pointing towards reigning champ Jorge Lorenzo as the man to beat.

The factory Yamaha rider set an incredible 11 laps under the lap records over the winter, while his team-mate and rival Valentino Rossi only managed one.

Will Marquez finally click with the new Honda, control ECU and Michelin tyres, or will he just be an occasional annoyance for the title contenders? And let's not forget th surprise of winter testing - wunderkid Maverick Vinales, who pushed Lorenzo all the way in testing in just his second year on the Suzuki.

  • Lorenzo controls for opening race victory

    20 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo controls for opening race victory

    Jorge Lorenzo has controlled the opening race of the 2016 MotoGP season in style, chipping away at his opposition in relentless fashion to take the win from Andrea Dovizioso and Marc...

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  • Luthi wins Moto2 jump start chaos

    20 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Luthi wins Moto2 jump start chaos

    Thomas Luthi has come out triumphant in a chaotic start to the 2016 Moto2 season that saw many of the front-runners penalised for jump starts – but with confusion and anger at the way in which the...

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  • Smith pens factory KTM deal for 2017

    20 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith pens factory KTM deal for 2017

    As predicted by MCN, Bradley Smith will become a factory MotoGP racer for the 2107 and 2018 season, after penning a deal with KTM to lead the Austrian manufacturer’s entry into the series next...

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  • Lorenzo rockets to Qatar pole

    19 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lorenzo rockets to Qatar pole

    Jorge Lorenzo has blown away his opposition to take the first pole position of the 2016 MotoGP season in style, beating runner-up Marc Marquez by 0.091 in a surprise front row rounded out by Maverick...

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  • Lowes on front row as Folger takes pole

    19 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes on front row as Folger takes pole

    Sam Lowes will start tomorrow’s opening race of the 2016 Moto2 season from second place, after finishing tonight’s qualifying session only 0.072 behind a new lap record for Jonas Folger. Setting an...

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  • Fenati tops the tables in Moto3 qualifying

    19 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Fenati tops the tables in Moto3 qualifying

    Romano Fenati will take the first pole position start of 2016, after topping the tables in Moto3 qualifying in Qatar with a fast lap in the late stages of the session. He will line up alongside Livio...

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  • Rossi extends Yamaha contract until 2018

    19 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Rossi extends Yamaha contract until 2018

    Valentino Rossi has signed a deal with his Movistar Yamaha team to extend his current contract until 2018, adding two more years and looking set to remain in MotoGP until he is at least 39 years...

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  • Tragic death in MotoGP support race

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Tragic death in MotoGP support race

    Tunisian racer Taoufik Gattouchi has died after a multi-bike crash during the Losail Cup race supporting this weekend’s opening round of the MotoGP championship at the Qatari track. The 49-year-old...

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  • Iannone tops day two at Qatar

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Iannone tops day two at Qatar

    Andrea Iannone has topped the second day of the 2016 season at Qatar, surprising yesterday’s fastest man Jorge Lorenzo with an impressive 1:54.639 lap to finish the day 0.137 clear of the...

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  • Lowes raises the bar in Moto2 practice

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes raises the bar in Moto2 practice

    Sam Lowes has raised the bar in Moto2 free practice three, by taking his pace into the low 1:59 second laps and leaving his opposition behind as he asserts his control on the class ahead of this...

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  • Quartararo tops day two of Moto3

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Quartararo tops day two of Moto3

    Fabio Quartararo has topped the second day of Moto3 action at Losail, taking provisional pole from Brad Binder in a session that saw a number of the front-runners falling. The only session of the...

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  • Rossi tips Viñales as 2016 race winner

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Rossi tips Viñales as 2016 race winner

    Valentino Rossi has tipped Suzuki rider Maverick Viñales as a 2016 MotoGP race winner, after both seeing the young Spaniard’s testing pace and witnessing first hand last night, after following him for...

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  • Crutchlow ‘took no risks’ on opening night

    18 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Crutchlow ‘took no risks’ on opening night

    Cal Crutchlow ahs admitted to taking no risks on the opening night of the 2016 MotoGP season at Qatar, instead taking it easy as he got back up to speed on the dirty and sand-coated Losail circuit. “I...

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  • Folger tops first day as Lowes falls twice

    17 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Folger tops first day as Lowes falls twice

    Jonas Folger has topped the opening day of the 2016 Moto2 season, as Brit Sam Lowes took second in both despite falling twice from his Federal Oil Gresini Kalex not once but twice in free practice...

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  • Smith to leave Tech 3 for 2017

    16 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Smith to leave Tech 3 for 2017

    Bradley Smith has confirmed exclusively to MCN that it looks likely that he will not renew his deal with the Tech 3 Yamaha squad for a fifth year, as he chases down a factory ride for next season. “I...

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  • Lowes confident ahead of season opener

    16 March 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Lowes confident ahead of season opener

    Sam Lowes has been left confident ahead of this weekend’s Moto2 season opener at Qatar, after a highly successful test under the floodlights there last weekend. Lowes finished the test fastest...

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