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Brembo "resolves" issue that caused Lorenzo Qatar crash

MotoGP brake supplier Brembo says it has "identified and resolved" the problem that caused Jorge Lorenzo to crash out of last month's season opener in Qatar.

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.

Live: Follow the Qatar MotoGP race as it happens

Follow our minute-by-minute coverage of the 2018 MotoGP season opener at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

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.

Live: Follow Qatar MotoGP qualifying as it happens

Follow our minute-by-minute coverage of MotoGP qualifying in Qatar, as the 2018 season kicks off in earnest.

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.