Movistar Yamaha Press Release: Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo had been strong at the Losail International Circuit the whole weekend and the race day was no exception. He rode a faultless race from start to finish, and brought home the first win of the season. Teammate Valentino Rossi also put in a strong result at the opening round of the 2016 MotoGP season, missing out on a place on the podium by just a tenth of a second. Lorenzo‘s race went according to plan at the start of the opening race when he had a perfect launch off the line from pole position. He led for the first lap, but was chased by Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso on the over one kilometer long straight at the Qatar track. The Spaniard was forced to let them pass, but he didn‘t give up. As his rivals battled each other he lay in wait and after Iannone crashed out the Yamaha rider took his chance to make a charge for the lead for the second time. With 14 laps to go, he smoothly passed Dovizioso and continued to increase his pace. With clear a track in front of him, the Majorcan was in his element. In an effort to shake off Dovizioso completely, he used the nimble YZR-M1 to the fullest, setting a new fastest race lap record of 1‘54.927s. He slowly inched away and crossed the line for the final time with a +2.019s lead over the man in second place. Starting from fifth on the grid, teammate Rossi had a good start and made sure he placed himself close to the front, in 4th place, to stay in contention. He shadowed his teammate as the top 5 formed the leading group, but couldn‘t find a way through. With rival Marc Marquez pushing him down one place with 20 laps to go, the Doctor used his experience and bided his time, hoping he could benefit from his harder option rear tire towards the end of the race. His strategy paid off when the rivals in front of him got involved in a scrap, causing Iannone to crash out. Now in 4th, he put pressure on Marquez by setting multiple personal best laps of the race, as he didn‘t want to let Dovizioso and Lorenzo pull away. As the top 3 upped their pace towards the end of the race, the Doctor kept pushing to the maximum and set the fastest lap of the race thus far, trying to hang on to the back of Marquez. The battle for second between Dovizioso and Marquez lasted until the final corner, giving Rossi a chance of reaching the podium, but he came just short and took the flag in 4th place, +2.387s from his teammate. Lorenzo‘s masterful win earns him first place in the championship standings with 25 points. Rossi now holds 4th place in the championship with 13 points. Thanks to today‘s results Movistar Yamaha MotoGP take the lead in the teams‘ championship with 38 points. The next round will be held at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit, Argentina, in 2 weeks‘ time.
JORGE LORENZO #99: We are there, in first position, without struggling and suffering and riding in the perfect way. For me, over all laps, this race has been one of the best of my whole career and that was why I was able to win and could make this little difference in the last 3 laps that gave me the victory. It was a little down and up with the tires. We made the decision to put on the soft rear tyre, because with the hard one we couldn‘t be so fast. The harder compound should become better and better, but I think what happened was the opposite. The softer tire should get worse and worse, but it was faster and faster so this little difference was the difference between me and Dovizioso and Marquez. I was surprised how fast my pace was towards the end of the race. I was sliding so much, but at the same time I was very smooth and concentrated and made no mistakes and that‘s why even with the pressure from Dovizioso, when I was at a margin of 0.4, .03, 0.5, I didn‘t get nervous and kept riding better and better. I feel very proud of my riding and my race and also the work of the team, because we put together the electronics and the setting of the bike in a very good way.
VALENTINO ROSSI #46: At the end it was a great race, the pace was very fast from the beginning to the end, but unfortunately I stayed behind and I didn‘t have enough speed to try and attack. I was there but I was never in the real fight, I was always a little bit behind. We need a faster pace and maybe the tire choice can make some difference, but we don‘t know. Maybe with the soft tire I could go faster or I could go slower. We arrived behind and unfortunately didn‘t get on the podium, but it was a good race anyway, with a good start. We are there, we have to work, but for sure we are competitive. Last year in Argentina was a great race, one of the best with a great pace and I was coming from behind, but this year it will be a different story, especially with the tires. We need to understand our potential this year. RESULTS – 20/03/2016: 1. J. LORENZO MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP 42’;28.452 2. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM + 2.019 3. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 2.287 4. V. ROSSI MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP + 2.387 5. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 14.083 6. M. VIÑALES TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 15.423 7. P. ESPARGARÒ MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 18.629 8. B. SMITH MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 18.652 9. H. BARBERA AVINTIA RACING + 21.160 10. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH + 24.435 11. A. ESPARGARÒ TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 35.847 12. E. LAVERTY ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP + 41.756 13. A. BAUTISTA APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI + 41.932 14. J. MILLER ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS + 41.982 15. T. RABAT ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS + 54.953 16. S. BRADL APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI N.C. (11 laps) 17. L. BAZ AVINTIA RACING N.C. (14 laps) 18. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA N.C. (16 laps) 19. A. IANNONE DUCATI TEAM N.C. (17 laps) 20. Y. HERNANDEZ ASPAR TEAM MOTOGP N.C. (21 laps) WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION – RIDER: 1. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 25 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 20 3. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 16 4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 13 5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 11 6. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 10 7. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 9 8. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 8 9. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 7 10. Scott Redding (GBR) Octo Pramac Yakhnich 6 11. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 5 12. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar Team MotoGP 4 13. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 3 14. Jack Miller (AUS) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2 15. Tito Rabat (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION CONSTRUCTOR: 1. Yamaha 25 2. Ducati 20 3. Honda 16 4. Suzuki 10 5. Aprilia 3 6. Forward Yamaha 0 7. ART 0 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION TEAM: 1. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 38 2. Repsol Honda Team 27 3. Ducati Team 20 4. Monster Yamaha Tech3 17 5. Team Suzuki Ecstar 15 6. Avintia Racing 7 7. Octo Pramac Yakhnich 6 8. Aspar Team MotoGP 4 9. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 3 10. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 3 For more information: www.yamahamotogp.com