Moto3 – the smallest and the youngest class has a habit of being the best race of any race weekend. Not to be deterred by the departure of the top 3 riders to higher classes, the seasons first Moto 3 race lived up to its history and tradition and delivered an absolutely stunning race that saw as much as 6 or more riders lead the race at certain times during the 18 lap race. At times there were up to 17 bikes fighting each other with hair thin margins and sometime scrapping their paint, with less than a second separating the first 9 across the finish line.
The Pole sitter Frenchman Masbou, won a dangerously close race as he held his nerve to finish first, beating Enea Bastianini by just 0.027s, after the Italian had started form 21st place on the grid. British rider Danny Kent took the final spot on the with his teammate Efren Vazquez in 4th. However, the rider wich took the most attention from everyone was the debutant 15 year old Rookie Fabio Quartararo who showed his potential by leading the race at one point before finishing in 7th. Miguel Oliveira, who was one of the expected winners of the race crashed at turn 1 but managed to rejoin the race and finish in 16th.
Closer home, the Aspar Mahindra team rider Francesco Bagnaia finished the race at 9th place, he was spectacular on his 250cc Moto 3 Mahindra bike as he fought for the podium finish for the majority of the race. With Honda getting 1, 2 and 3 , it marks a clear signal to KTM that its dominance in the smallest class is diminishing fast. The next round arrives at USA with the Austin, Texas round on April 12th, 2015.
Moto2 – the intermediate class has seen small changes this year in terms of riders leaving to the premier class, but the addition of the 2014 Moto3 world champion Alex Marquez and his close competitor in the junior class, Alex Rins. The reigning Moto 2 world champion Tito Rabat had stayed with the Marc VDS team while his teammate and the runner up Mika Kalio has changed teams for 2015. The Qualifying was a thrilling affair that saw British Super Bike world Champion Sam Lowes take his first ever Moto 2 pole. Starting off the Race Sam Lowes started off as the favourite to win the race, while Tito Rabat and Johan Zarco were supposed to b his greatest rivals for the race win.
Lowes took a great start from the beginning of the race, as he had to take as much as a gap as he could from his rivals since he was riding on Medium Hard compound tyres, which were perfect for the initial laps but were susceptible to grip degradation in the later stages. However, the nerves got the better of Lowes as he lost the lead to Zarco in lap 4 and immediately after it lost his front on a high speed low-side and ended up in gravel , ending his race. Lowes clearly looked dejected after losing to win his first ever Moto2 race after such an amazing weekend at Qatar.
The bad luck also hit the reigning Moto2 world champion as he crashed after touch the rear tyre of Corsi’s bike, an accident caused by a seemingly harsh overtake by Corsi. However, the most heartbreaking moment of the day arrived when, Zarco suffered a mechanical failure while leading the race. Zarco had shown a clinical performance throughout the race, especially after taking the lead from Lowes who fell afterwards. Everyone had thought that Zarco has got the win in his bag as he maintained a more than 4 second gap from Jonas Folger, who was having to maintain his speed from the rapidly approaching Thomas Luthi.
With a comfortable margin and just around 3 laps to go, Zarco suffered, what seemed like a gear shifter issue that rendered the race leader not just incapable to keep hi lead but his fall like a stone down the timesheets was a sorry sight to see. Folger was in no mood to let such a chance go by and ended up winning his 1st ever win in the Moto 2 class. While Alex Rins showed tremendous talent and finished a closely fought 4th on his debut Moto2 race.
MotoGP – the Round 1 of 2015 MotoGP at Qatar will go down as one of the most intense, thrilling and exhilarating races of all times. In an extraordinarily captivating race, the Nine-times World Champion Valentino Rossi claimed the first win of the 2015 MotoGP™ season in Qatar, after an awesome battle with Dovizioso. In a race of many firsts, the round 1 of 2015 MotoGP saw, Marc Marquez falling to the absolute last of the gris after turn 1 in the very first lap when a strong move by Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith pushed him off track. From there on we were honoured by one of the greatest charges of MotoGP from the back of the grid by the 2 times and the reigning World Champion Marc Marquez. Marquez ended the race at number 5 ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa.
However, the night belonged to Ducati, to Andrea Dovizioso and to the 36 old legendary Valentino Rossi who just doesn’t seem to lost touch of his incredible passion and talent for motorcycle racing. The crowd both at the trackand the ones in front of the tv sets were kept on their feet as the top 4 raced with wafer thin margins with each other. The sight of Ducati’s not just blowing past the Yamaha’s on straight but also matching them in corners was a sight we all thought may never come back.
The way Ducati’s performed at Qatar sets the 2015 MotoGP season towards a path that might just end up making this year as the year where the Power dynamics of MotoGP were taken from mighty Honda and Yamaha and spread to a level where Ducati again comes in as a factory that can win. The race was filled with so many all new experiences that even the top 3 podiums where filled by Italians, and for the first time in a long long time there were no Spanish rider in top 3.
Bravo Valentino!! Bravo Andrea Dovizioso!!!! BRAVO DUCATI!!!!!