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Motorcycling-Martin takes pole at MotoGP opener in Qatar, Quartararo 11th

Motorcycling-Martin takes pole at MotoGP opener in Qatar, Quartararo 11th

MotoGP – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – March 5, 2022 Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin celebrates after qualifying in pole position…

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MotoGP – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – March 5, 2022 Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari DOHA (Reuters) – Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin stormed to pole position at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix in Doha on Saturday, pipping Enea Bastianini and six-times MotoGP champion Marc Marquez to top spot in qualifying.

Reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo had complaints about the Yamaha’s top speed in pre-season testing and the Frenchman finished a disappointing 11th — more than half a second slower than Martin.

Martin, who also took pole in the second Doha race last season at the Lusail International Circuit, was fastest on Saturday with a time of 1 minute and 53.011 seconds.

Gresini Racing’s Bastianini made it a Ducati one-two and will start on the front row for the first time.

Marquez initially set the fastest lap time after he profited by riding in the slipstream of Joan Mir and later Francesco Bagnaia before the two Ducatis roared to the top of the charts.

"It feels good to be on pole position but I’m not 100% happy because we have a lot of work to do to find race pace," Martin said in a pit lane interview.

"I’m happy with my performance and an amazing lap, but tomorrow from pole we will try to manage the tyres and understand how the race goes." Ducati’s Jack Miller starts fourth on the grid while his team mate Bagnaia, last year’s championship runner-up, is ninth as […]

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