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Recap 2010: Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar

Recap 2010: Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar’s comprehensive summary of the opening round of the season at the Losail International Circuit offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

After a lengthy five-month absence the MotoGP World Championship made its hugely anticipated return over the weekend of April 9th-11th as the Losail International Circuit hosted the opening round of the 2010 season, and the action was in full force with thrilling races in the 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP categories.

Upon arriving in Doha for the start of the new season the riders were quick to take in the sights and enjoyed a boat ride in the traditional GP pre-event, and the scene was set for the forthcoming weekend as Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies and Álvaro Bautista all attended the pre-event press conference.

The 17 riders who were to contend the MotoGP title were presented on the starting grid, included amongst them the six newcomers to the premier class, and the action finally got underway shortly after with FP1 led by Stoner. It was an eventful session in which both Jorge Lorenzo and Loris Capirossi experienced crashes, the latter preparing for his 300th Grand Prix start.

Qualifying saw Stoner continue his dominance of the weekend as he secured pole position for the race, with Rossi and Lorenzo taking the remaining two positions on the front row of the grid. Toni Elías (Gresini Racing) stamped his authority on the Moto2 session by setting the top time, with Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) the 125cc leader.

Crashes in the MotoGP pre-race warm-up for Mika Kallio and Bautista were to prove as bad omens for the pair for the race, which neither rider was able to finish due to falls.

Following a masterful victory for Nico Terol in the 125cc race, Shoya Tomizawa wrote his name into the history books by becoming the first ever Moto2 race winner in an engrossing debut of the new intermediate class.

Next up the MotoGP race, which got off to a typically exciting start, and as Stoner looked to complete his weekend dominance the Australian crashed out on the sixth lap when in the lead, allowing defending World Champion Rossi to capitalise and strike the first blow in the fight for the 2010 title. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo took second, with Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso completing the podium as he beat Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) by 11-thousandths of a second.

The weekend’s action was all captured by the OnBoard cameras, allowing a unique rider perspective of the thrills and spills, and of course the Paddock Girls were present to add to the glamour of the first round as MotoGP announced its return to action in style!

MotoGP, 2010

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