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Espargaro: Aprilia has to improve bike to keep me

Aleix Espargaro says Aprilia has to improve its MotoGP bike to keep him past the end of his current contract.

Morbidelli's Qatar debut pace "much better" than expected

Marc VDS Honda rider Franco Morbidelli says he was "positively surprised" with his speed after he finished 12th on his MotoGP debut in Qatar.

Crutchlow: Qatar shows MotoGP the "best motorsport"

Cal Crutchlow has labelled MotoGP the “best motorsport event in the world” after a season-opening Qatar Grand Prix which featured an eight-rider battle for the podium for much of it.

Dovizioso "worried" by Marquez's Qatar performance

Ducati MotoGP team manager Davide Tardozzi says Andrea Dovizioso is “worried” about Honda rival Marc Marquez's performance in the season opener in Qatar, despite having beaten him to victory.

Five things we learned in the Qatar MotoGP opener

After a thrilling opening MotoGP race of the season in Qatar, Jamie Klein looks back and draws five conclusions from a roller coaster of a weekend at the Losail International Circuit.

Rossi: Qatar podium shows I'm not too old to keep racing

Valentino Rossi says his third-place finish in the Qatar MotoGP season opener has answered those who believe he is too old to sign a new two-year contract with Yamaha.

Lorenzo "really lucky" to escape injury after brake failure

Jorge Lorenzo admits he was "lucky" to avoid serious injury as a result of the brake failure that caused his retirement from the Qatar MotoGP season opener.

Vinales felt "better than the last six months" in Qatar

Maverick Vinales says the feeling he had on his Yamaha in the Qatar MotoGP season opener was better than anything he had experienced for the last six months.

Gallery: Top photos from the Qatar GP's selection of photos from the opening round of the 2018 MotoGP season in Qatar.

Miller content with unspectacular Ducati debut

Jack Miller says he's content with a Top 10 on debut for the Pramac Ducati squad in Qatar, despite finishing further off the lead than he did on the Honda 12 months ago.

Marquez “wouldn’t have slept” without Dovizioso lunge

Marc Marquez said he wouldn't have been able to sleep on Sunday night if he hadn't made his ultimately unsuccessful last-corner move on Andrea Dovizioso in MotoGP's season opener in Qatar.

Zarco: Front tyre problem wrecked my Qatar victory bid

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco has revealed a front tyre issue was what led to him dropping out of victory contention in the Qatar MotoGP season opener.

Dovizioso admits Qatar win was an "obligation"

Andrea Dovizioso has admitted it was an “obligation” for him to win the opening round of the 2018 MotoGP season in Qatar after taking a narrow victory over Marc Marquez.

Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Marquez to win by 0.027s

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso took victory in a closely-fought first MotoGP race of the 2018 season in Qatar, just 0.027s ahead of reigning champion Marc Marquez's Honda.

Qatar Moto2: Bagnaia holds off Baldassarri for first win

Francesco Bagnaia opened his Moto2 victory account after holding off Lorenzo Baldassarri by just a tenth of a second in the first race of the 2018 season in Qatar.

Qatar Moto3: Martin outduels Canet to win by 0.023s

Jorge Martin was victorious in the first Moto3 race of the season in Qatar, narrowly beating fellow title contender Aron Canet.

Qatar MotoGP: Marquez leads Dovizioso in warm-up

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez was quickest in the Sunday warm-up session ahead of the 2018 campaign's opening race in Qatar.

Vinales: Qatar set-up changes made testing "useless"

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales says the set-up changes he made on Saturday in Qatar rendered the whole of MotoGP pre-season testing “useless”.

Analysis: MotoGP's Qatar opener poised for 11-bike thriller

A few hours before the first MotoGP race of the season in Qatar, four manufacturers and 11 riders are in contention for a top-three finish. David Gruz analyses the extremely even playing field.

Dovizioso "surely" favourite for Qatar win, say rivals

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is a clear favourite for the MotoGP season opener in Qatar despite only qualifying fifth, according to his rivals.

Zarco doubts he has pace for Qatar MotoGP win

Johann Zarco has downplayed his chances of winning the Qatar MotoGP season opener despite taking pole position with a record-breaking lap in qualifying.

Qatar MotoGP: Zarco beats lap record to grab pole

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco took pole position for the opening round of the 2018 MotoGP season at Qatar, establishing a new lap record by almost a quarter of a second.

Qatar MotoGP: Zarco fastest in FP3, Rossi crashes

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco set the pace in a largely meaningless third practice session for the MotoGP season opener in Qatar, as Valentino Rossi suffered a rare crash.

Suzuki can now fight for wins, claims Marquez

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes Suzuki will be capable of challenging for wins and podiums in 2018, on the back of the manufacturer's strong performance on Friday in Qatar.

Lorenzo explains lack of aero fairing for Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo says he is not using his "preferred" aerodynamic fairing for this weekend's Qatar MotoGP opener because it "created some little problems" with the Ducati GP18.

Vinales: Yamaha is having "trouble in all areas"

Maverick Vinales says his Yamaha had "trouble in all areas" during the first day of practice for the Qatar MotoGP season opener, and that the M1's problems have not changed since the test.

Daytime Qatar practice sessions "wasted" - Crutchlow

The Qatar MotoGP opener’s revised schedule has resulted in the two practice sessions held in daylight hours being “wasted”, according to Cal Crutchlow.

Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso beats Petrucci by 0.006s in FP2

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso completed a clean sweep of the first day of MotoGP's 2018 season in Qatar, narrowly beating Danilo Petrucci in second practice.

Qatar MotoGP: Dovizioso pips Rossi in first practice of 2018

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso set the pace the opening practice session of the 2018 MotoGP season in Qatar, just 0.061s ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Dovizioso "glad" to be considered Qatar favourite

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso says he’s “glad” to be considered the favourite for victory in the opening round of the new MotoGP season in Qatar.

Espargaro: It was a "miracle" I could ride in Qatar

Pol Espargaro feels that recovering so quickly from a hernia that forced him to skip the Thailand MotoGP test and being able to ride in Qatar was a "miracle".

Vinales feels he wasted a day and a half of Qatar test

Maverick Vinales says he feels he wasted a day and a half of the final MotoGP pre-season test in Qatar as he and his Yamaha team got “lost”.

Ducati GP18 still "doesn't feel natural" to Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo said that the Ducati Desmosedici GP18 still "doesn't feel natural" following the conclusion of the final MotoGP pre-season test at Qatar.

MotoGP riders say wet Qatar race would be feasible

Leading MotoGP riders have said they believe hosting a night-time race in Qatar would be feasible after a wet test session was held on Saturday evening.

Zarco leads Rossi as Qatar testing concludes

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco fell a tenth of a second shy of the lap record in Qatar to lead the final MotoGP pre-season test day ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Rossi: Yamaha "more or less the same" as late 2017

Valentino Rossi claims Yamaha is in "more or less the same" position as it ended last season with just one day of pre-season testing to go before the 2018 MotoGP season commences.

Iannone beats Dovizioso by 0.041s on second Qatar test day

Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone went quickest on the second day of MotoGP's final pre-season test in Qatar.

Vinales "felt better and better" on first Qatar test day

Maverick Vinales says set-up changes to his Yamaha meant he felt "better and better" on the opening day of Qatar MotoGP testing after topping the timesheets.

Lorenzo: Latest Ducati chassis "didn't work" in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo says a new chassis based on the 2017 Ducati MotoGP bike tested on Thursday in Qatar testing “didn't work”.

Rossi rules out having a MotoGP team until 2021

Valentino Rossi says he will not enter MotoGP as a team owner in either 2019 or 2020, despite Tech 3's split with Yamaha creating an opportunity for his VR46 squad to step up to the premier class.

Vinales tops first day of Qatar pre-season test

Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales set the pace on the first day of MotoGP's final 2018 pre-season test in Qatar.

Michelisz: 2017 "best year of my life" despite title defeat

Honda WTCC driver Norbert Michelisz has declared 2017 the best year of his life despite missing out on the title to Thed Bjork in Friday night's Qatar season finale.

Qatar WTCC: Bjork clinches title, Guerrieri wins finale

Volvo driver Thed Bjork clinched the 2017 WTCC title in Qatar with a third place finish in the final race of the season.

Qatar WTCC: Chilton wins as Bjork closes on title

Tom Chilton claimed victory in the penultimate race of the WTCC season in Qatar as Volvo's Thed Bjork inched closer to the drivers' title.

Qatar WTCC: Guerrieri takes pole, Michelisz in trouble

Esteban Guerrieri secured pole for the Qatar WTCC season finale, while Thed Bjork profited from an issue for rival Norbert Michelisz to increase his points advantage.

Muller reveals he's had death threats from Michelisz fans

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller has revealed he’s received a number of death threats from Hungarian fans of Norbert Michelisz ahead of his one-off return to the series this weekend.

Qatar WTCC: Michelisz breaks lap record in Thursday practice

Honda's title hopeful Norbert Michelisz completed a clean sweep of fastest times in the final two WTCC practice sessions of the 2017 season in Qatar.

Muller returns from retirement for Qatar WTCC finale

Four-time WTCC champion Yvan Muller will come out of retirement to support Volvo and Thed Bjork's title bids at the season finale in Qatar this weekend.

Monteiro will also miss Qatar WTCC finale

Honda WTCC driver Tiago Monteiro will miss the season finale in Qatar as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash at Barcelona in September.

Qatar WSBK: Rea breaks points record with Race 2 win

Jonathan Rea capped off the 2017 World Superbike season with a dominant win in the Sunday Qatar race, and broke the record for most points collected in a single campaign.

Qatar WSBK: Rea takes dominant 15th win of 2017

Jonathan Rea added a 15th World Superbike victory to his 2017 tally after taking a lights-to-flag win in Friday's first race in Qatar.

Second in Qatar would've been seen as a "disaster" for Vinales

Maverick Vinales’ chief engineer Ramon Forcada says anything other than victory last weekend in Qatar for the Yamaha MotoGP rider would have been seen as a "disaster".

Redding “glad” he doesn’t have Petrucci’s Ducati GP17

Pramac Ducati rider Scott Redding says he is “glad” he missed out on a current-spec MotoGP bike last year, as it puts the pressure on teammate Danilo Petrucci.

MotoGP riders want Qatar circuit resurfaced

Leading MotoGP riders have called for the asphalt to be resurfaced in time for next year’s Qatar Grand Prix, following the difficulties encountered this year.

Ducati “still missing something”, admits Dovizioso

Ducati isn’t quite ready to compete with its MotoGP rivals for victories on a consistent basis, admits Qatar runner-up Andrea Dovizioso.

Rossi's testing pace deficit "gone" after Qatar

Valentino Rossi's deficit to MotoGP's pacesetters has "gone" after the Qatar season-opener, believes his crew chief Silvano Galbusera.

Gallery: Best photos from Qatar GP

MotoGP's season-opener in Qatar may have drawn negative headlines over rain delays and Losail Circuit's poor drainage system, but there is no denying that the race itself was an absolutely cracker.

Top riders praise Zarco for “impressive” Qatar showing

MotoGP’s top riders have lavished praise on Johann Zarco for an impressive rookie showing in Qatar, in which the Moto2 champion led before crashing.

KTM missed points target in Qatar, admits Smith

Bradley Smith says KTM had been targeting a point on its first MotoGP weekend as a regular competitor in Qatar, a goal the Austrian marque narrowly missed out on.

Opinion: MotoGP got lucky with the weather in Qatar

The Qatar MotoGP race was on the brink of disaster thanks to the havoc caused by the weather. Jamie Klein believes it's time for a rethink.