GULF DIGITAL NEWS
7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Sports News

Lorenzo opens title defence with Qatar win

LOSAIL, Qatar: Spain's Jorge Lorenzo began his MotoGP title defence in style with an emphatic win in the season-opener at Qatar's Losail International Circuit yesterday.

The Yamaha ace charged to the 24th win of his MotoGP career, finishing 5.990 seconds ahead of teammate and seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi.

MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez of Honda took a superb third on his debut in the top division, staged under floodlights.

Pole-sitter Lorenzo held the lead right from when the start and held on till the chequered flag while the rest of the field behind him traded places.

"I knew it was going to complicated. I'm happy that Valentino came back in second place, it's good for Yamaha," Lorenzo told BBC television.

Rossi, who had had an ordinary weekend going into Sunday's race, came into his own in the final stages of the race, going past Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marquez in quick succession.

With this win in Qatar, Yamaha lead the team championship with 45 points while Honda is second with 29 points.

The next race will be run at the Circuit of the Americas on April 21.






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