2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix

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Qatar  2008 Qatar Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 18 races in the
2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
Losail.svg
Date 9 March 2008
Official name Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar
Location Losail Circuit
Course
  • Permanent racing facility
  • 5.380 km (3.343 mi)
MotorGP
Pole position
Rider Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Time 1:53.927
Fastest lap
Rider Australia Casey Stoner
Time 1:55.153
Podium
First Australia Casey Stoner
Second Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Third Spain Dani Pedrosa
250 cc
Pole position
Rider Spain Alex Debón
Time 1:59.470
Fastest lap
Rider Spain Alex Debón
Time 1:59.379
Podium
First Italy Mattia Pasini
Second Spain Héctor Barberá
Third Finland Mika Kallio
125 cc
Pole position
Rider United Kingdom Bradley Smith
Time 2:05.242
Fastest lap
Rider United Kingdom Scott Redding
Time 2:05.695
Podium
First Spain Sergio Gadea
Second Spain Joan Olivé
Third Germany Stefan Bradl

The 2008 Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix was the opening round of the 2008 MotoGP championship. It took place on the weekend of 7–9 March 2008 at the Losail International Circuit located in Doha, Qatar. The race was historic in that it was the first one to be run at night, with the MotoGP race getting underway at 23:00 local time. Rookies Lorenzo and Toseland started their season strong with Lorenzo getting pole position and Toseland in 2nd during qualifying.

MotoGP classification[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Australia Casey Stoner Ducati 22 42:36.587 4 25
2 48 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 22 +5.323 1 20
3 2 Spain Dani Pedrosa Honda 22 +10.600 8 16
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Honda 22 +13.288 9 13
5 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 22 +13.305 7 11
6 52 United Kingdom James Toseland Yamaha 22 +14.040 2 10
7 5 United States Colin Edwards Yamaha 22 +15.150 3 9
8 65 Italy Loris Capirossi Suzuki 22 +32.505 13 8
9 14 France Randy de Puniet Honda 22 +33.003 5 7
10 69 United States Nicky Hayden Honda 22 +38.354 6 6
11 33 Italy Marco Melandri Ducati 22 +44.284 16 5
12 21 United States John Hopkins Kawasaki 22 +49.857 10 4
13 56 Japan Shinya Nakano Honda 22 +49.871 15 3
14 24 Spain Toni Elías Ducati 22 +58.532 14 2
15 50 France Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 22 +58.930 17 1
16 13 Australia Anthony West Kawasaki 22 +1:05.643 18
17 7 Australia Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 21 +1 lap 11
Ret 15 San Marino Alex de Angelis Honda 16 Accident 12
OFFICIAL MOTOGP REPORT

250 cc classification[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 75 Italy Mattia Pasini Aprilia 20 40:16.202 5 25
2 21 Spain Héctor Barberá Aprilia 20 +0.557 2 20
3 36 Finland Mika Kallio KTM 20 +1.029 4 16
4 6 Spain Alex Debón Aprilia 20 +1.418 1 13
5 72 Japan Yuki Takahashi Honda 20 +12.944 7 11
6 19 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 20 +14.480 3 10
7 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Aprilia 20 +16.721 11 9
8 15 Italy Roberto Locatelli Gilera 20 +18.987 9 8
9 41 Spain Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 20 +32.232 8 7
10 55 Spain Héctor Faubel Aprilia 20 +41.102 15 6
11 60 Spain Julián Simón KTM 20 +41.457 14 5
12 32 Italy Fabrizio Lai Gilera 20 +41.694 13 4
13 14 Thailand Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 20 +43.192 19 3
14 54 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Gilera 20 +44.228 18 2
15 12 Switzerland Thomas Lüthi Aprilia 20 +48.760 10 1
16 4 Japan Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 20 +1:11.031 12
17 45 Indonesia Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha 20 +2:05.461 23
Ret 25 Italy Alex Baldolini Aprilia 14 Retirement 17
Ret 52 Czech Republic Lukáš Pešek Aprilia 12 Accident 16
Ret 58 Italy Marco Simoncelli Gilera 7 Accident 6
Ret 10 Hungary Imre Tóth Aprilia 4 Retirement 22
Ret 43 Spain Manuel Hernández Aprilia 0 Accident 21
Ret 50 Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty Aprilia 0 Accident 20
OFFICIAL 250cc REPORT

125 cc classification[edit]

Pos. No. Rider Manufacturer Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33 Spain Sergio Gadea Aprilia 18 38:09.444 8 25
2 6 Spain Joan Olivé Derbi 18 +0.932 9 20
3 17 Germany Stefan Bradl Aprilia 18 +1.660 15 16
4 63 France Mike Di Meglio Derbi 18 +1.771 3 13
5 45 United Kingdom Scott Redding Aprilia 18 +1.819 4 11
6 99 United Kingdom Danny Webb Aprilia 18 +7.689 5 10
7 24 Italy Simone Corsi Aprilia 18 +8.684 10 9
8 44 Spain Pol Espargaró Derbi 18 +8.693 18 8
9 7 Spain Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 18 +9.054 19 7
10 18 Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia 18 +10.902 7 6
11 11 Germany Sandro Cortese Aprilia 18 +10.945 13 5
12 1 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 18 +12.618 2 4
13 27 Italy Stefano Bianco Aprilia 18 +12.709 12 3
14 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 18 +20.086 17 2
15 60 Austria Michael Ranseder Aprilia 18 +23.575 22 1
16 38 United Kingdom Bradley Smith Aprilia 18 +23.890 1
17 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter Derbi 18 +29.406 20
18 22 Spain Pablo Nieto KTM 18 +32.891 16
19 73 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 18 +33.346 23
20 30 Spain Pere Tutusaus Aprilia 18 +33.649 26
21 8 Italy Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 18 +36.696 24
22 34 Switzerland Randy Krummenacher KTM 18 +36.754 25
23 21 Germany Robin Lässer Aprilia 18 +45.317 27
24 12 Spain Esteve Rabat KTM 18 +56.440 11
25 69 France Louis Rossi Honda 18 +1:14.502 34
Ret 35 Italy Raffaele De Rosa KTM 15 Accident 6
Ret 13 Italy Dino Lombardi Aprilia 11 Retirement 32
Ret 56 Netherlands Hugo van den Berg Aprilia 10 Accident 29
Ret 71 Japan Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM 8 Accident 21
Ret 51 United States Stevie Bonsey Aprilia 5 Accident 14
Ret 16 France Jules Cluzel Loncin 4 Accident 30
Ret 5 France Alexis Masbou Loncin 1 Retirement 28
Ret 19 Italy Roberto Lacalendola Aprilia 1 Retirement 33
Ret 95 Romania Robert Mureșan Aprilia 0 Retirement 31
OFFICIAL 125cc REPORT

References[edit]


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