Musjack.com – Marc Marquez holds off Valentino Rossi to win MotoGP opener in Qatar. It turned out to be a duel between the young , the reigning world champion and a Motorradrennlegendesein . The former won.
Marc Marquez held off Valentino Rossi to claim the opening MotoGP race of the season in Qatar on Sunday , picking up where he left off last year. That despite breaking his leg last month while dirt biking .
Marquez took control in his Repsol Honda with nine of the 22 laps to go, but nine times world champion Rossi caught him with two laps to go in his Yamaha .
The lead changed hands a few times until Marquez led to the final round – and Rossi could not get close enough to pass him again. Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa at the end in third place .
“I have a lot of that race, especially after the injury,” Marquez said BT sport. ” I did not expect that race , honestly. But yesterday I had a good feeling and is not to think today in the final round with Valentino, I have over the leg and the injury.
” The last lap I pushed my 100 %, but not before we overhauled two or three times. It was so nice , is not it ? “
The 21- year-old who lost his pole advantage seconds after the start , saved his fastest lap time at the end.
But Rossi was not too disappointed , especially since he started well on the grid behind.
“I was a bit imprecise in my head because I said, ‘ What shall I do ? Should I attack ? ‘ ” Said Rossi BT sport. “But from the 10th , the second is a great result.
” Marc was strong. Did I try , tried and tried , but in the end I was unfortunately a bit too far ( away).
“I have the race very much.”
Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo , not .
The two-time MotoGP World Champion – and last year’s winner in Qatar – fell in the first round after a blistering start that saw him move forward.
He was unhurt .
” Fortunately I have a good feeling ,” he said BT sport. “I lost the front. Junior I made a mistake.”
The second race of the season takes place 13 April in Austin.