News & Multimedia

MotoGP Preview: 2011 Grand Prix Of Qatar

EVENT: Grand Prix of Qatar

WHERE: Losail Circuit, Doha, Qatar. Circuit is 3.343 miles (5.380 km), with 16 turns. Race is 22 laps.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20. It is the first of 18 events this season.

2010 RACE WINNER: Valentino Rossi, by 1.022 seconds over Jorge Lorenzo

2010 POLE WINNER: Casey Stoner, 1 minute, 55.007 seconds

U.S. TV: MotoGP race, 3-4 p.m. (ET), Sunday, March 20, SPEED (live). Moto2: 1-2 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, March 22, SPEED (delayed). 125cc: Noon-1 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, March 22, SPEED (delayed).

THE AMERICANS: U.S. riders Ben Spies (Longview, Texas, Yamaha Factory Racing), Nicky Hayden (Owensboro, Ky., Ducati Team) and Colin Edwards (Houston, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will compete in the MotoGP race. Kenny Noyes (Borrego Springs, Calif., Avintia-STX) will compete in the Moto2 race.

FORM BOOK:
Up – Honda. Honda riders led all eight days of preseason testing in 2011, by a considerable margin. Repsol Honda teammates Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa finished 1-2 in testing this week at Qatar, just .064 of a second apart. Stoner and Pedrosa also were the two fastest riders in the opening day of practice Thursday, March 17, with Stoner on top by .610 of a second.
Up – Hector Barbera. Unheralded Spaniard Barbera rode his satellite Ducati to the third spot on the time sheet in practice Thursday, ahead of factory Ducati riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden and Yamaha factory riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo.
Down – Toni Elias. 2010 Moto2 champion Elias has struggled in preseason testing during his return to MotoGP. Despite riding a satellite Honda, he was 17th and last during practice Thursday, nearly six-tenths of a second behind his closest competitor.
Down – Jorge Lorenzo. Defending World Champion Lorenzo has shown a puzzling lack of pace during preseason testing. He was behind new teammate Spies in the final test this week at Qatar and was one place behind Spies during opening practice Thursday, seventh overall.

FAST FACTS: This is the only night race on the 18-event MotoGP World Championship schedule in 2011, which includes the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 26-28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway … There are two rookies on the MotoGP grid this season: Cal Crutchlow (Great Britain, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Karel Abraham (Czech Republic, Cardion AB Motoracing) … Three of the four factory teams in MotoGP have new riders in 2011. 2007 World Champion Casey Stoner joins Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso at the Repsol Honda Team, seven-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi joins 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden at the Ducati Team, and 2010 Rookie of the Year Ben Spies joins reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo at the Yamaha Factory Team … Fourteen of the 17 riders in MotoGP this season have won world titles either in Grand Prix, World Superbike or World Supersport racing … The oldest MotoGP rider this season is Loris Capirossi, 38, while the youngest is rookie Karel Abraham, 21 … The Japanese Grand Prix, scheduled for April 22-24 at Twin Ring Motegi, has been moved to Sept. 30-Oct. 2 due to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

***

2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets: 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP tickets are on sale now.
To buy tickets, visit www.imstix.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Ticket office and phone hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.

The 2011 Red Bull Indianapolis GP is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 at IMS.

Race Day general admission tickets cost $40, with Friday general admission $10 and Saturday general admission $20. A three-day general admission ticket is $60. A Friday-Saturday general admission ticket is $25.

Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free any of the three days of the event when accompanied by an adult with a general admission ticket.

Race Day reserved seat prices will start at $70.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Preview: 2011 Grand Prix Of Qatar
 
MotoGP Preview: 2011 Grand Prix Of Qatar
The 2011 MotoGP season starts this weekend with the Grand Prix of Qatar. Check out this preview to prepare for the race at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, March 20 on SPEED!
Read More
Related Media
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship
 
Monday Racing Roundup: What A Finish! Dixon Wins Race, Title On Tiebreak
Juan Pablo Montoya entered the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with a 34-point cushion on second-place Graham Rahal and 47-point lead on Scott Dixon. But it was Dixon, who started ninth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, who departed Wine Country with the title. Dixon won for the second consecutive year at Sonoma Raceway, and claimed the title on a tiebreaker with three race wins to Montoya's two wins.
Read More
Matt Kenseth
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Kenseth Maintains JGR Hot Streak at Michigan
The Coors Light polesitter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kenseth quickly exhibited his mastery of the high-drag aerodynamic package, leading 146 of 200 laps in winning for the third time this season, the third time at Michigan and the 34th time in his career.
Read More
Victory Podium
 
Marquez Makes it Three Straight at Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Two-time defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez passed Jorge Lorenzo in the closing laps to notch his third consecutive title at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Wins 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The 22-year-old Spaniard won for the third consecutive time in MotoGP and fifth time overall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, passing Jorge Lorenzo with three laps to go in the 27-lap main event and holding on for the win by .688 of a second in the No. 93 Repsol Honda.
Read More
Ben Spies
 
Ben Spies Q&A: It's One of the Most Important Weekends
Ben Spies is a three time AMA Superbike Champion, former WorldSBK Champion (2009) and a MotoGP™ race winner (Assen 2011) whose career was ended by injury in 2013. Spies chatted to motogp.com ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to give us his unique insights into his ‘home’ Grand Prix:
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 532
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @IndyCar: Congrats to @scottdixon9, @CGRindycar and @TeamChevy on an incredible year! #INDYCAR http://t.co/WuycH06ose
about 7 hours ago