Rossi vann MotoGP-premiären

I starten ryckte den småväxte Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) från en sjunde startplats rakt upp i tätstriden som på de första varven kom att stå mellan honom, Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) och Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda).

Förhandsfavoriten Stoner, som startade i pole position och har tre raka vinster på banan i bagaget, såg till en början stark ut men allt tog ände med förskräckelse när han ”tappade framhjulet” på sin Ducati GP10 och kraschade.

Stoners krasch hjälpte Rossi hela vägen fram till vinst. Så här säger Vale om det hela;

”I got a fantastic start but I wasn’t quite fast enough and was suffering on the straight. I lost some time passing Pedrosa and by then Stoner was quite far from me, I thought then that it was going to be hard to catch him! Then he made a mistake and crashed, which was bad luck for him but crucial for us.

After that I expected it would be easier but in fact it was very hard to stay in front of Dovizioso, who was very strong. We had a good battle and then I did three or four laps at the maximum and was able to stay in front, but it wasn’t easy!

I haven’t won at the first race since 2005 and these 25 points at this stage are like gold dust, it’s a fantastic result for the team to make a one-two at race one. It’s especially good to win here because it doesn’t suit our bike, we worked very cleverly throughout the practices and this is the reward, so thanks to all my guys. We definitely have some work to do but this is a good base to start from.

I ran out of fuel on the slow down lap, I think I used more than expected early on because I was sliding quite a lot, but it was very funny to come to Parc Ferme riding a scooter!”

Circuit Length: 5380
Temp: 24
Weather: Dry
Lap Record: 1’57.305 (Valentino Rossi, 01/01/2006)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1’53.927 (Jorge Lorenzo, 09/03/2008)
Last Years Winner: Casey Stoner

2010 MotoGP Qatar – Doha/Losail 12/04/2010
Race 1
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 42’50.099
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 0’01.022
3 Andrea Dovizioso Honda ITA 0’01.865
4 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 0’01.876
5 Ben Spies Yamaha USA 0’03.903
6 Randy De Puniet Honda FRA 0’09.322
7 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 0’16.508
8 Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 0’19.867
9 Loris Capirossi Suzuki ITA 0’20.893
10 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda JPN 0’21.100
11 Marco Simoncelli Honda ITA 0’31.638
12 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 0’32.573
13 Marco Melandri Honda ITA 0’40.780

Rider Standings 11/04/2010
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 25
2. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 20
3. Andrea Dovizioso Honda ITA 16
4. Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 13
5. Ben Spies Yamaha USA 11
6. Randy De Puniet Honda FRA 10
7. Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 9
8. Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 8
9. Loris Capirossi Suzuki ITA 7
10. Hiroshi Aoyama Honda JPN 6
11. Marco Simoncelli Honda ITA 5
12. Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 4
13. Marco Melandri Honda ITA 3

Manufacturer Standings 11/04/2010
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. Yamaha 25
2. Honda 16
3. Ducati 13
4. Suzuki 7