The 2013 MotoGP season starts in Qatar on Sunday night, with defending champion and Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo on pole position. The Spaniard came up with a stunning late lap in qualifying to deny British No 1 and Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow his maiden MotoGP pole.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo

Where to Watch Live

The race starts at 8pm BST, with BBC Two and BBC Two HD providing live coverage in the UK.

Track Facts

  • Circuit name: Losail International Circuit
  • First race: 2004
  • Most wins (rider): Casey Stoner (5)
  • Most wins (manufacturer): Aprilia (12)

Overview

Crutchlow took the lead in the QP2 session (part of MotoGP's new qualifying regulations) with the Brit's 1:54.916 the fastest Losail has witnessed so far weekend. However, world champion Lorenzo bounced back and produced a 1:54.714 with just two minutes remaining, to beat Crutchlow by 0.202s.

Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa finished third with an impressive final lap, clocking 1:55.151, while his team mate and fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez was sixth with a time of 1:55.645. Neither Pedrosa nor Marquez seemed to be challenging for the front row and the pair only narrowly missed causing an accident.

Ducati debutant Andrea Dovizioso qualified fourth with a time 1:55.160 and Stefan Bradl of Team LCR finished fifth, posting1:55.477. Yamaha returnee and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi was seventh; the Italian clocked 1:55.711.

Qatar MotoGP QP2 Classification

Pos.     Rider                                    Team                                       Km/h     Time   

1          Jorge Lorenzo [SPA]            Yamaha Factory Racing         335.9    1'54.714         

2          Cal Crutchlow [GBR]            Monster Yamaha Tech 3         334.7    1'54.916

3          Dani Pedrosa [SPA]             Repsol Honda Team               339.8     1'55.151

4          Andrea Dovizioso [ITA]         Ducati Team                           336.4    1'55.160

5          Stefan Bradl [GER]               LCR Honda MotoGP              340.0     1'55.477

6          Marc Marquez [SPA]             Repsol Honda Team              339.0    1'55.645

7          Valentino Rossi [ITA]            Yamaha Factory Racing         337.7     1'55.711

8          Alvaro Bautista[SPA]            GO&FUN Honda Gresini         338.5     1'55.870

9          Bradley Smith [GBR]            Monster Yamaha Tech 3         333.9    1'56.315

10        Andrea Iannone [ITA]           Energy T.I. Pramac Racing     339.8    1'56.523

11        Nicky Hayden [USA]              Ducati Team                           337.9    1'56.667

12        Aleix Espargaro [SPA]          Power Electronics Aspar         318.8   1'57.064