Qatar GP (2016)

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Redding: “I shouldn’t have been so naive” in Qatar

Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding admits he was “naive” about the issue of fuel consumption during the MotoGP season opener at Qatar.

Honda reaps benefits of Magneti Marelli input

The input of MotoGP control electronics supplier Magneti Marelli's input has been key to Honda's upturn in form in the opening race of the season in Qatar.

Bradl encouraged by Aprilia pace prior to crash

Aprilia MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl says he had a "good feeling" with the brand-new RS-GP on its race debut in Qatar prior to crashing out at mid-distance.

Qatar MotoGP debrief: Lorenzo's land, Rossi's doubts

The MotoGP opener in Qatar cleared some of the doubts from pre-season testing, but there are still many questions left to answer, as Oriol Puigdemont explains.

Miller relieved to score points after “disaster” qualifying

Australian rider Jack Miller expressed his satisfaction at scoring points in the MotoGP season opener at Qatar, rebounding from a “big disaster” in qualifying.

Espargaro baffled by visor problems in Qatar

Pol Espargaro says he is baffled by the helmet visor problems he had during the MotoGP season opener in Qatar.

Randy Mamola: The two sides of Valentino Rossi

In his first exclusive column for, Randy Mamola looks at the performances - both on and off the track - of Valentino Rossi, and wonders if Yamaha can afford to have both him and Jorge Lorenzo in the long run.

Pedrosa: I'm too far behind the leaders

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa admits that the MotoGP Qatar opener was "not a good race" for him - and that he needs to find more pace.

Podium finish for Marquez in Qatar, Pedrosa fifth

This is the 40th time Marc has stood on the podium since he entered the MotoGP class

Rossi "didn't have the speed to attack" for Qatar podium

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi does not feel he had the pace to finish higher than fourth in the 2016 MotoGP season opener in Qatar.

Iannone: "I had the speed to fight with Lorenzo"

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone is convinced he had the speed to take the fight to Jorge Lorenzo prior to crashing out of the Qatar MotoGP season opener.

Crutchlow says electronics issue caused crash

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow believes an electronics issue was behind the lap seven crash that ended his promising run in the MotoGP season opener at Qatar.

Lorenzo: Soft-tyre gamble "made me win the race"

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo believes that his late decision to pick the soft compound Michelin rear tyre was key to his victory in the 2016 season opener in Qatar.

Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo sees off Ducati threat to win season opener

Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo won the first MotoGP round of 2016 at Qatar, warding off the early challenge of the works Ducatis to record a dominant win.

Iannone: Redding hold-up cost me Qatar pole

Ducati's Andrea Iannone believes that being held up by Scott Redding on his last flying lap in Qatar qualifying cost him three tenths of a second - just enough to deny him pole position.

Marquez: I beat Lorenzo’s pole time – but only after chequered flag

Honda’s Marc Marquez believes he is in the hunt for victory in the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, and claims he would have taken pole position if his final effort in qualifying had counted.

Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo takes pole after qualifying thriller

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start the season-opening MotoGP round in Qatar from pole position after a thrilling qualifying session that went down to the closing moments.

Marquez: “Honda is working to give us the engine we want”

Marc Marquez says that Honda is making a “great effort” to tame the aggressive character of its MotoGP engine, as per the riders’ request.

Iannone has race pace concerns despite “perfect day”

Andrea Iannone admits he is still not entirely comfortable with the race pace of his factory Ducati despite topping both of Friday’s MotoGP practice sessions in Qatar.

Crutchlow: Crash was best part of "disaster" Friday

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow was left shellshocked after a torrid showing on Friday at Qatar, suggesting his practice crash was the least of his worries.

Rossi aims for second-row grid slot in Qatar MotoGP opener

MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi believes he has little chance of qualifying on the front row for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, and even has a fight on his hands to start from row two.

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone keeps Ducati on top in third practice

Andrea Iannone set a blistering pace in the third free practice session of the Qatar MotoGP weekend to beat Jorge Lorenzo and keep Ducati atop the timesheets.

Redding: Pramac switch has given me "different mentality"

MotoGP rider Scott Redding has spoken of the relief and renewed motivation that has come from his switch from Marc VDS Honda to Pramac Ducati in the off-season.

Qatar MotoGP: Iannone edges Marquez in second practice

Ducati rider Andrea Iannone took the top spot in Friday's second practice session of the opening MotoGP weekend of the season at Qatar, just shading Marc Marquez's Honda.

Honda riders complain of MotoGP winglet turbulence

Honda MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow say that the turbulent wake of aerodynamic winglets is making it harder to follow another rider closely.

Rossi: Ducati top speed advantage "a problem"

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi suggests that the top speed advantage enjoyed by rival squad Ducati could be "a problem for everyone" in the Qatar race.

Iannone third, Dovizioso ninth after first day of free practice action at Losail

Andrea Iannone was classified third while Andrea Dovizioso finished his run in ninth place.

Ducati riders say Qatar victory within reach

Ducati's factory duo of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso are both cautiously optimistic about the marque's chances of mounting a victory bid in the MotoGP season opener in Qatar.

Qatar MotoGP: Lorenzo leads Rossi in opening practice

Jorge Lorenzo set the pace under the floodlights at Qatar in the first free practice session of the 2016 MotoGP season, beating Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi by a quarter of a second.

First race of the season for Aprilia

Bautista: "Losail is a special track, it will be a demanding weekend”

Rossi expects "nothing special" between himself and Marquez

MotoGP star Valentino Rossi says he is not expecting anything "special" to come out of his rivalry with Marc Marquez this year after their clash at the end of 2015.

Ducati Team ready for opening round of 2016 MotoGP World Championship in Qatar

Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso will be riding the new Ducati Desmosedici GP

Dovizioso “optimistic” for Qatar: “We have the speed”

Andrea Dovizioso says he is “optimistic” the Ducati MotoGP team can get its 2016 campaign off to a strong start in Qatar, following an encouraging final test week.

Lorenzo fearful of Ducati threat in Qatar

MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has warned that Ducati could pose a major threat at the season-opening Qatar round later this month, despite his huge pace advantage in testing there.