Lorenzo victorious at opening round of 2012 MotoGP

Posted: 08 Apr 2012

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo has claimed victory in the opening race of the 2012 MotoGP championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The Factory Yamaha rider got a good start from the grid and led from the first lap, but reigning World Champion Casey Stoner put on the pressure to clinch the lead from lap three.

Stoner opened up a comfortable gap from his nearest rivals until he began losing pace towards the end of the race – finally succumbing to the challenges of Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa on lap 19.

Bennetts-supported British rider Cal Crutchlow had an extremely successful opening round, and despite dicing with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso for the majority of the race, managed to finish in an impressive fourth place.

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi struggled with his Ducati, finishing in tenth place at the chequered flag while his team-mate Nicky Hayden finished sixth.

1 Jorge LORENZO                 42'44.214
2 Dani PEDROSA                   +0.852
3 Casey STONER                  +2.908
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW            +17.114
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO          +17.420
6 Nicky HAYDEN                  +28.413
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA               +28.446
8 Stefan BRADL GER            +29.464
9 Hector BARBERA               +31.384
10 Valentino ROSSI                +33.665

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