A new year as here, and the 2015 MotoGP has officially begun! And what a way to kick off a season, If this weekend’s race is any indication, we could see one of the best seasons of MotoGP ever this year. This year’s winner of the QatarGP, Valentino Rossi, has even exclaimed that this may have been one if his best, and hardest races ever.
Perched atop his Ducati livery, Dovisioso took he motorcycling community by surprise by landing the pole for the first race of this season. And even before the red lights went out, we knew we were in for a treat as last year’s Champion, Marc Marquez lit up the lap-time board by turning out the quickest times during warm-ups. Unfortunately, the Repsol Honda rider suffered a poor start which lead to him slipping all the way to last place on the first lap.
Instead Dovisioso took full advantage of his pole position, rocketing ahead of the rest of the pack. His main pressure throughout the race would come from Yamaha factory rider, Jorge Lorenzo. The Ducati machines showed exactly what we have come to know from the name plate, unleashing un-paralleled amounts of power and speed in the long straights of the Losail International Circuit. However despite the Duc liveries running under the factory “open option”, which allows for a softer tire, the Italian steeds were just no match for the razor-sharp Yamaha’s.
Dovisioso and Lorenzo battled and traded the number one position for the majority of the race, until Lorenzo unexpectedly began dropping back in the field just as his teammate, Valentino Rossi, mounted his main charge for first. After the race, Lorenzo claimed that his drop in performance was a result of the foam in his helmet becoming dis-lodged and blocking his vision. The last 5 laps of the QatarGP may have been some of the best racing we will see, with Dovisioso doing all he could to maintain the top podium spot, but in the end, the Ducati’s tires just could not carry enough speed through the corners to take advantage of it’s gobs of power down the long start/finish straight of Losail.
In the end, the legendary Valentino Rossi would ride the wheels off of his Yamaha machine on the last lap to open up a large enough gap to keep out of reach of the Ducati. Rossi’s victory at Losail marks his 109th GP win, and puts him on the road to his 7th premier class championship.
Before this past Sunday, we here at lean angle were excited for the new season of MotoGP, yet after this weekend’s race, it’s safe to stay we are ecstatic. The next leg of the MotoGP championship will take place at Circuit of The Americas in Austin Texas on Sunday, April 12. Until then, don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and share your predictions. And as always, keep it shiny side up!