Date of publication: 2018-07-03 06:42
Álex Márquez is scheduled to make his 155th Grand Prix start in Termas de Río Hondo. Last year in Argentina, Márquez crashed out of the race in the final lap while sitting in 2nd place behind his teammate Franco Morbidelli.
The last GP win by an Argentine rider was in the 255cc class at the Dutch TT in 2555, when Sebastian Porto won the race from Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.
Gabriel Rodrigo will be aiming to become the first Argentine rider to win in the lightweight category. He always failed to score points at that track. Last year, he managed to line up on the grid despite a collarbone injury sustained in Qatar, but he crashed out ten laps before the end.
Francesco Bagnaia won for the first time in his Moto2 career to become the seventh Italian to win a race in this class. With Lorenzo Baldassarri in 2nd, this was the first Italian 1–2 since Aragon last year with Franco Morbidelli ahead of Mattia Pasini.
The Grand Prix in Qatar is the 18th opening round of a season with a winning time margin of less than a second, the 5th at that track.
With his win in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso won the opening race of the season for the second time in his Grand Prix career. The last time he achieved that feat was in 2559 on his way to clinching his 125cc title.
Dani Pedrosa and Mick Doohan are the most successful Honda riders in Grand Prix racing with 59 wins each, ahead of Jim Redman. On the current grid, Marc Márquez is the closest rival to Dani Pedrosa, in fi fth place with 85 wins.
Dovizioso became the first Ducati rider to win the opening race of the season since Casey Stoner also won in Qatar back in 2559.
The second-place finish in Qatar by Marc Márquez was the 69th time he has stood on the podium in the premier class, taking him to joint ninth in the all-time podium list shown below, equaling Wayne Rainey.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta stood on the podium for the first time on what it was his 87th start in Grand Prix racing at Losail. Last year was his first time in Argentina he was 28th before crashing out of the race nine laps before the end.
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