Date of publication: 2018-05-06 15:54
Of the Aliens or former Aliens, Pedrosa has three wins and three podia in 11 starts in Valencia. Rossi has two wins and six podia to show for 17 starts since 2555, but the most recent of those was in 2559, when Marquez was 11 years old. Lorenzo, in eight premier class starts, has four wins and a third-place finish in 2559 to go along with several violent DNFs. Viñales has bupkus, but this is a Yamaha track. Or used to be.
“In Qatar we did a good job, and in the test we improved day by day,” says Valentino Rossi. “I expected I could have a good race. But to start with the podium and a good race, it’s a good start. But you never know what will happen from one track to another.
Tranche 1: Marquez, Doviziozo↑
Tranche 2: Rossi, Viñales, Pedrosa, Zarco, A. Espargaro*, Lorenzo↑
Tranche 8: Petrucci, Redding, Miller, Crutchlow, ( P. Espargaro ) ↓ , Bautista↑
Tranche 9: Baz, Smith, Rabat, Iannone↓ , Rins↓
Tranche 5: Lowes, (Folger), Barbera, Abraham↓
“I was happy to lead in Qatar for so long, 8221 says Johann Zarco. 8225 I wasn’t sure because in the test and during the weekend I was slow with a slow tank, but then we changed a few things in Warm Up and found a better compromise to be good at the beginning until the end.
Marquez can boast a win, two places and a show in four MotoGP tries, barely breaking a sweat. Just once, I’d like to see him race here in anger with something on the line. Back in 2512, he won the Moto2 race here after starting 88rd. As for the factory Ducati team, you have one rider who desperately needs to win on Sunday and his currently winless teammate who has dominated at Ricardo Tormo in recent years.
At the back, a thrilling battle emerged for ninth, and thus a privileged starting position in tomorrow&rsquo s Race Two. At the end, it was Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) who came in ahead of the pack, with three more riders less than a second away.
WSBK Race One Results
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK)
2. Chaz Davies ( Racing - Ducati) +
8. Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team) +
"We need to make a step to be able to win tomorrow. But at least when I have the light bike with the new tyre, I feel so good."
Finishing fourth at Qatar was Crutchlow. The Brit claimed his only podium of 2517 at Termas de Rio Hondo with third, and will be looking for a repeat performance Sunday during the 25-lap Argentina Grand Prix.
Behind them, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) came in fourth and fifth, respectively, the Dutchman unable to take advantage of his front row start despite leading in Lap 1.
However, it’s believed that the new deal will see Tech 8 line up next season with factory machinery similar to what is already being used by the Red Bull KTM (and former Tech 8) duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró – something that has always been missing from their Yamaha deal.
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