Oakley Athletes Place At Grand Prix of Qatar
The five-month wait for the start of the 2010 MotoGP World Championship came to an end on Sunday evening at the Grand Prix of Qatar. An eventful opening race at Losail did not let fans down. Oakley’s Jorge Lorenzo placed second and Oakley’s Andrea Dovizioso took third.
An exciting start saw Dani Pedrosa shoot up from seventh on the grid to lead the field into turn one, and as the opening laps unfolded the Spaniard, Rossi, Oakley’s Casey Stoner and his team-mate Oakley’s Nicky Hayden commenced a battle at the front.
Unfortunately the factory Desmosedici GP10 of Stoner, who lost the front of his bike going into turn Four on the fifth lap when in the lead, went down dramatically ending his participation after he had been the huge favorite to take victory at the circuit for the fourth successive year. That elevated Rossi to first place, with Dovizioso and Hayden behind him in hot pursuit. Lorenzo also started to climb, moving up to fourth at the midway point of the race. With the excitement building, Dovizioso started to challenge Rossi and at one point took the lead from the World Champion, only to see it reclaimed. Hayden then swapped places with Dovizioso as the pair intensified their fight for second and third position respectively.
Lorenzo made his move and went through on Hayden before passing Dovizioso as well to move into second position as the riders entered the final lap, which delivered a grandstand finish in the battle for the final podium position.