Latest Motorsports News (Week 3 March 2018)

Andrea Dovizioso clinches thriller 2018 Qatar Grand Prix

Andrea Dovizioso was in the lead by a hairline but he succeeded in holding off Marc Marquez to clinch the 2018 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix in a last lap thriller. Marc Marquez being the reigning world champion has till date gone 0-3 to Andrea Dovizioso in all competitions in the past year. Ducati’s Dovizioso edged out Honda’s Marc Marquez to the line by a miniscule 0.027 of a second. Marquez even managed to take the lead when he cut through in the last corner pulling ahead of Dovizioso but was again beaten by a surging Andrea on the last stretch when he went past Marquez to come out on top. On being asked about it Dovizioso said that it was the perfect weekend and the perfect race and that his temperament was right where it should be. He was calm throughout the race and ended up saving a lot of tyres which helped him push through towards the end.

Lorenzo crashes out of Qatar Grand Prix 2018

Jorge Lorenzo was involved in a crash on the tracks of the Qatar Grand Prix 2018 which saw him taken out of the first race of the year. The problem was mechanical, and it was found that the front brakes were at fault. Throughout the week Jorge Lorenzo has been dealing with the brake problem and it finally caught on to him on the very first lap when he was running on 10th on the grid behind Andrea Iannone. He was driving perfectly and was making steady progress up the grid but with the brakes causing that much of a problem he had to take evasive measures. On being asked about it he confirmed that indeed the crash was a result of problems in the front brakes of the bike. He said that initially he dismissed it as a heating problem but while trying to catch up to Iannone he realised that he could not stop the bike and therefore had to tip it to avoid anything worse.

Bittersweet ending to Qatar Grand Prix for Maverick Vinales

The undisputed fastest rider on track in the Qatar Grand Prix was Maverick Vinales. After three months of losing with a botched set up he finally got back to his old form but that was not enough to get him the win. Starting off at 15th he pulled through a lot but still could only cross the line at the 6th position. On being asked about it he confessed that had his 55’s came in a little earlier he could have very probably made a podium finish but some problems with the electronic calibration played spoilsport.