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IT’S SHOWTIME

DORNA MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
MAGES:ROBGRAY/POLARITY

@FAIRMANGP

The flag dropped, the talking stopped and the 2018 MotoGP season opener in Qatar served up an exquisite symphony for the senses.

The tone for race day was set with an astonishing qualifying session. Prior to qualifying, all the smart money for pole had been on last year’s title runner up, Andrea Dovizioso. He appeared to have a reserve of half a second in the bank whenever he needed it. He was, however, only able to manage a relatively lowly fifth. In the event, the top 12 riders were all within a second of the slightly unexpected, but sublimely smooth Frenchman, Johann Zarco, taking his third career Pole for Tech3. We’ve become accustomed to close qualis in the past but this one was particularly remarkable. Not least because the top three riders completely obliterated Jorge Lorenzo’s 10-year-old lap record of 1’53.927. Zarco’s blistering new lap record of 1’53.680 shaded out reigning champ Marc Marquez and Danilo Petrucci who took the other spots on the front row.

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