Well done to the guys for a great race. Its a shame Casey suffered arm pump making him lose the lead. Well done to Dani for a second place and Casey for his third place.
The 2012 season is underway, and there could be no better way to kickstart it than under the floodlights of Qatar in a great MotoGP race. Experiencing an almost polar opposite turnaround in fortunes, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner both placed on the podium at Losail. Pedrosa took second place and was in with a chance of victory before he ran out of laps, ending the race less than a second behind the winner. Teammate Casey Stoner had dominated for most of the Grand Prix, but was hampered by an arm-pump issue in his right forearm and eventually dropped down to third.
After months of preparation and three days of hard work at the Losail International Circuit, the first MotoGP race of the year finally got underway at 10pm local time. The Repsol Honda Team were amongst the favourites for the win, with Casey Stoner second on the grid and Dani Pedrosa capable of making a great start from the right of the third row. Both had caught up with Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies at the first corner.
The Hondas took the inside line, before Lorenzo moved in front on turn two. Pedrosa and Stoner followed him through, and it was the latter who pushed in front of his teammate before the end of lap one. He did the same on the straight one lap later to Lorenzo, taking the lead and signaling that this could be another runaway win for the Australian. Lorenzo and Pedrosa stuck behind him as he looked to establish a gap.
The final third of the contest saw the reigning World Champion drop his pace and his rivals catch up with five laps to go. Both Repsol riders were trying to preserve their tyres, but Pedrosa made the first move to get past Lorenzo and attempt to catch his teammate.
Just a few corners later, Lorenzo returned the favour and was this time able to overtake Stoner as well. Pedrosa forced his way past the man with the number 1 plate as well on the penultimate lap, but it was just too late for him to reach Lorenzo. He finished the race eight tenths of a second down on the winner.
Second and third place, respectively, for Pedrosa and Stoner opens up another season on the podium for the Repsol riders.