With the riders lined up and what seemed like an eternity before the starting lights went out the 2009 MotoGP season got under way in Qatar. Casey Stoner from his pole position made a blazing start right to the first corner. As Valentino Rossi was in full pursuit with Jorge Lorenzo following suit the Australian Casey Stoner started pulling away from the pack. Almost pulling a 2 second gap on the first lap it was mission critical for Valentino Rossi to catch back up.
Valentino Rossi used everything in his arsenal to try and reel the blazing fast Stoner/Ducati combination. Rossi at one point was chopping away at Stoner’s lead but the pace of Stoner was unmatched.
Loris Capirossi and the Rizla Suzuki was making a strong showing at the front of the pack running in third place when he lost the front end while running high. Also making a strong running at the front was Andrea Dovizioso. He was fighting hard and trading paint with the front runners when it seems that his tires went away.
During the mid point of the race Alex de Angelis and Dani Pedrosa ran together while Dani ran wide out of a corner. It appeared as an accident yet race direction is reviewing the incident to see if a foul was commited.
The race winner Casey Stoner and his consistent blistering pace proved he is 100% healthy and ready to take back the World Championship crown. Can Valentino Rossi answer this performance in the next round in Japan?
MotoGP Qatar Race 1 Results
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42min 53.984 sec
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 1.755 sec
3. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 43min 10.228 sec
4. Colin Edwards USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 43min 18.394 sec
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda Team 43min 21.247 sec
6. Alex de Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 43min 23.867 sec
7. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 43min 27.611 sec
8. Mika Kallio FIN Pramac Racing 43min 28.739 sec
9. Toni Elias SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini 43min 33.465 sec
10. Randy de Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 43min 36.268 sec
11. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 43min 42.510 sec
12. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro Team 43min 42.867 sec
13. Sete Gibernau SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando 43min 46.199 sec
14. Marco Melandri ITA Hayate Racing Team 43min 50.363 sec
15. Yuki Takahashi JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP 43min 54.270 sec
16. James Toseland GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 44min 8.962 sec
17. Niccolo Canepa ITA Pramac Racing 44min 9.012 sec
Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP