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Lights shine on Lorenzo as defending champion owns MotoGP opener

Mar 202016

Jorge Lorenzo won the 2015 MotoGP FIM World Championship with a faultless and impeccable display at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia last November. Fast forward five months and the twenty-eight year old Majorcan displayed the same intensity and flawless style to own the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez with fellow Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi rounding out the top four. MotoGP launched in the desert for the ninth year in a row and the tenth under a thousand poles bearing 450 million lumens of light, and in the bright haze of unpredictability thanks to new Michelin control tyres and standard electronics. With names like Maverick Viñales, Scott Redding and Andrea Iannone figuring fast among testing times there was a sense of the unknown about the world’s most popular racing series. Drama and controversy at the culmination to the series in Valencia and a tense vibe between the protagonists only just limped away in the night like an old hag at Losail. A spat in qualification between Lorenzo and Rossi, and Marquez only just surviving a crash from a technical problem after a practice start only served to strain the nerves.