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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.
Where to Watch Live
The race starts at 8pm BST, with BBC Two and BBC Two HD providing live coverage in the UK.
- Circuit name: Losail International Circuit
- First race: 2004
- Most wins (rider): Casey Stoner (5)
- Most wins (manufacturer): Aprilia (12)
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.
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