Date of publication: 2018-07-02 16:19
With a dozen laps left, the stage was thus set for a Yamaha battle to the end, as Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati), in third, was unable to match the pair&rsquo s pace. But this time, unlike when he led at Donington, Lowes&rsquo YZF-R1 did not drop off in the final third: a smart, consistent and overall flawless ride by the Brit kept him ahead of his Dutch teammate all the way to the checkered flag with two seconds to spare. The man from Lincolnshire made his debut at Brno in 2511 – seven years on, he can finally call himself a WorldSBK winner.
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between Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Márquez across the line in Qatar is the 8th smallest winning time margin in the premier class.
Andrea Dovizioso set the fastest lap of the race in Qatar, with a time of 1’. During the race another nineteen riders set lap times within one second of this fastest lap time, equalling the premier class record set at Dutch TT last year.
Top independent team rider in Qatar in fourth place, Cal Crutchlow crossed the line in third last year in Argentina – his only podium that season.
Twelve renowned riders, Ducati flagbearers past and present, will compete in an unprecedented challenge: MotoGP and Superbike riders like Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo, Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller, Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri will be there, as will first-rate riders like Troy Bayliss who have made Ducati history.
From a difficult weekend behind enemy lines in Italy, Marquez still leads the title fight as MotoGP™ returns onto his home turf. Next is the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya – where Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Rossi have some very good memories, and Dovizioso won last year.
At the third time of asking, with the race length now down to 16 laps, Sykes defended his position at turn 1, but Rea was in front a couple of corners later, keeping Sykes behind and jetting off. The Northern Irishman was also helped by the action behind, with Marco Melandri ( Racing – Ducati) and Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) putting Sykes under pressure. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) also joined the fight, swapping positions several times with his teammate in a thrilling battle.
On Saturday 21 July Ducati riders will engage in a thrilling challenge at the Misano World Circuit as they go head to head on limited-edition Panigale V9 S motorcycles with a special configuration. Shortly before the race, aerobatics of Italy's Tricolour Arrows flying over the starting grid will make the event even more breath-taking.
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