Lorenzo Baldasarri missed out on victory by just 0.112 seconds to Pecco Bagnaia in Qatar last year, but with his compatriot having since moved up to MotoGP, the Italian today took his place on the top step of the podium after an even closer win, by just 0.026 over Thomas Luthi. The Swiss rider’s teammate Marcel Schrotter completed the podium, making it a double for the German team, whilst the best KTM under the floodlights tonight was the South African Brad Binder in twelfth place.
Jake Dixon had a strong start, which saw him battle with the riders who would eventually finish in the points, but the British rider crashed out on the third lap. The next appointment for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team will be the Grand Prix of Argentina on 31st March at Autódromo de Termas de Río Hondo.
Jake Dixon (DNF):
“It hasn’t been the easiest of weekends, starting with the crash in FP1 which was my own mistake. In the race I got a good start and I was in the group battling for fifteenth. I felt really good on the first few laps and then I got a good run out of turn three, but with a full fuel tank, I broke later and harder than I had been doing there and lost the front. I tried to get going again but the bike wouldn’t restart. I want to say sorry to the team because I feel like I have let them down.”
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