News & Multimedia

MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo passed reigning World Champion Casey Stoner with three laps remaining and held on for victory Sunday, April 8 in the Grand Prix of Qatar, the 2012 season opener in the MotoGP World Championship.

2010 World Champion Lorenzo, from Spain, rode his factory Yamaha to victory by .852 seconds over Dani Pedrosa, Stoner’s teammate at Repsol Honda. Stoner ended up third, 2.908 seconds behind Lorenzo.

Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden led the American contingent, finishing sixth on a factory Ducati after chasing a tough fight with Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Hector Barbera over the closing laps. Ben Spies finished a disappointing 11th on his factory Yamaha, while Colin Edwards placed 12th on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter-BMW and was the first finisher among the new Claiming Rule Teams (CRT) machines.

2009 Red Bull Indianapolis GP winner Lorenzo started from the pole but surrendered the lead to Stoner on Lap 3 of the 22-lap race. Stoner stretched his lead to nearly two seconds by the halfway point of the race. But Stoner was troubled in the second half of the race by painful arm pump – severe cramping and pain in the forearms. Lorenzo chipped away at his lead every lap before making the decisive pass.

The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, April 29 at the Jerez Circuit. The Red Bull Indianapolis GP is the 11th of 18 races this season, Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

PODIUM FINISHER QUOTES

JORGE LORENZO
(Winner, Yamaha Factory Racing): “What an amazing race. I put everything I have, all my energy into the track. This victory is because I never gave up, kept pushing and trying. Casey was very strong at the beginning and opened a gap. Fortunately for us, he struggled at the end and dropped his pace where I could keep mine, so I managed to pass him. I am very grateful to Yamaha because they have made a big step this winter on the YZR-M1.”

DANI PEDROSA
(Second, Repsol Honda Team): “I'm very happy with this result because we have been able to turn around all the problems we had during the weekend. After a good preseason, we got here, and everything went wrong. I had flu and a fever. I crashed on Friday. Then the qualifying practice was a disaster. So it’s very good to leave here with this podium, even if I feel little bit sad because I thought I could win this race. I had it in my hands for a while.

CASEY STONER
(Third, Repsol Honda Team): “It wasn’t really the way we wanted to finish the race weekend here. The bike was working well for us. I definitely had the package and the pace to lead the field, which was really positive. However, I suffered from really bad arm pump. After three or four laps, I felt it, but it gradually got worse. I tried to pull a little gap from Jorge and Dani and put in the minimal effort possible to retain the gap and try and win, but as the race continued it got worse and worse and eventually the muscles had nothing more to give. I couldn't hold onto the handle bars properly and it made things really difficult.”

AMERICAN RIDER QUOTES

NICKY HAYDEN (Ducati Team, sixth):  “I felt we had the potential to run with Dovizioso and Crutchlow, but considering my injuries and limited testing over the winter, I guess sixth is pretty good. I lost some positions at the beginning because I got hung up behind Spies and wasn’t very good on the brakes. But as the race went on, I managed my tyre well and got stronger. That group I was in was fighting hard, and I was happy to bring Bradl back and come out on top of that battle. We put some good points on the board, got some data and learned a lot from riding with other people. I’m excited for the season. I think if we improve some things, we have the potential to put up some good results." 

BEN SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing, 11th): “A tough race, but sometimes that’s just the way it goes. I tested my airbag twice this weekend; good to know it works well. We’ll go back to Jerez now and hopefully have the bike issue sorted. It was good that Jorge won. We can see the Yamaha is going well. We just had a big problem with chatter, so we have to work out what it was.”

COLIN EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing, 12th): “The start was a little bit crazy, kind of bumping and birching. Once I got out there, I knew I was faster than those guys and just kind of picked them off one by one and got into a good rhythm. Had a small issue about halfway, the bike made some funny noises at Turn 3, and I think it was my fault. I flipped it in a little bit too hard, and I think I confused the electronics a little bit; they didn’t know what to do. So that hurt me for a lap and then I got going again and got into a good rhythm, and I saw Spies back to me and I guess he had some issues and I saw him coming and decided to push harder, but I run out of time. The bike is just getting better and better. We still have some work to do, obviously."

POINTS

    Riders: Jorge Lorenzo 25, Dani Pedrosa 20, Casey Stoner 16, Cal Crutchlow 13, Andrea Dovizioso 11, Nicky Hayden 10, Alvaro Bautista 9, Stefan Bradl 8, Hector Barbera 7, Valentino Rossi 6, Ben Spies 5, Colin Edwards 4, Randy de Puniet 3, Yonny Hernandez 2, Aleix Espargaro 1.
    Manufacturers: Yamaha 25, Honda 20, Ducati 10, Suter 4, ART 3, BQR-FTR 2.

MotoGP SUPPORT CLASS WINNERS

    Moto2: Marc Marquez, Spain, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter-Honda.
    Moto3: Maverick Vinales, Spain, Blusens Avintia FTR-Honda.

2012 tickets: Tickets for the 2012 Red Bull Indianapolis GP MotoGP event, scheduled for Aug. 17-19 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, are on sale now at www.imstix.com, by calling (800) 822-INDY or (317) 492-6700 or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are on sale. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
    Information on camping at IMS during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP is available at www.imstix.com. Hotel package information can be found at visitindy.com/redbull.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Qatar
 
MotoGP Race Report: Grand Prix Of Qatar
Jorge Lorenzo passed reigning World Champion Casey Stoner with three laps remaining and held on for victory Sunday, April 8 in the Grand Prix of Qatar, the 2012 season opener in the MotoGP World Championship.
Read More
Related Media
Sherwin-Williams
 
Sherwin-Williams Joins IMS, INDYCAR as Official Partner in Multi-Year Agreement
Sherwin-Williams, an industry leader in paint and coatings, will serve as the Official Paint and Finishing Partner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard as part of a multi-year partnership agreement.
Read More
MotoAmerica
 
MotoAmerica Coming to IMS for Red Bull Indianapolis GP Weekend
MotoAmerica, the premier U.S.-based motorcycle road racing series, will race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend, Aug. 7-9.
Read More
Kyle Busch
 
Busch Sweeps NASCAR Weekend at IMS with Win in Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard
Kyle Busch completed a weekend sweep at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a win at the 22nd annual Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard to go with his win Saturday in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250.
Read More
Kyle Busch
 
Kyle Busch Wins 2015 Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard
Kyle Busch scored one of the biggest wins of his career on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, holding off Joey Logano in a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard.
Read More
Lauren Holliday
 
Indianapolis' Women's World Cup Hero Excited for Pace Car Drive
The Indianapolis native used that speed with her feet to lead the United States women’s national soccer team to two Olympic gold medals, and most recently, the 2015 Women’s World Cup championship.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,998
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
Motorcycles at IMS?? What's the story? Donald Davidson shares ths exciting info: http://t.co/xRNxSlItjl #AskDonald
about 1 hour ago