was a perfect start from Movistar Yamaha at the 2017 MotoGP season which began
in Qatar as Maverick Viñales secured a great win while teammate Valentino
Rossi put in a stellar performance during the opening round at the Losail
International Circuit, finishing in third place.
Qatar race was interrupted by rain, delays and uncertainty which saw the number
of laps being reduced to 20. Then out of the blue stormed Maverick Viñales, beating
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) in a thrilling desert duel. Valentino Rossi
completed the podium in third after coming back from P10 on the grid.
all sessions were cancelled the previous day, due to standing water on the
track, thereby lessening the riders' time to practice and perfect their race
settings, the level of adrenaline on the grid was even higher than usual. The
race start then being delayed twice, due to sudden rain causing dangerous track
conditions, added even more to the tension. Eventually, after two warm-up laps
to give the riders a feel for the track, the race got under way 45 minutes
later than scheduled.
secured his first MotoGP pole position thanks to a stunning lap in FP1, but it
didn't help him at the start of the shortened 20-lap race. The young Spaniard
gunned off the line and arrived at the first corner in second place, but had to
sit up as 23 riders dashed through the first corner, losing him time and
positions and pushing him back to fifth. He slowly picked up the pace as he got
a feel for the conditions and, feeling the hot breath of his teammate down his
neck, six laps into the race, he knew exactly when to put the hammer down.
fellow Yamaha rider, Johann Zarco crashed out of the lead, the Spanish
youngster saw the promise of a podium position dangling in front of him.
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