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MotoGP Qatar GP: Full Moto2 and Moto3 race results

Alonso Lopez won an odd Moto2 race and David Alonso snatched Moto3 victory at the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix at the start of the new Pirelli era for both classes.

Alonso Lopez, SpeedUp Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

The opening grand prix of the 2024 MotoGP season was the 16-lap Moto3 contest at the Losail International Circuit, which was the first to be run on Pirelli tyres as the Italian manufacturer takes over from Dunlop as the sole rubber supplier for Moto3 and Moto2.

Colombian sophomore Alonso snatched the first win of the season for the rebranded Aspar CFMoto squad, taking the lead at the final corner of the last lap.

Alonso, who stunned in his rookie season last year with four wins, carved his way through the pack on the final lap of a chaotic race and launched a raid on long-time leader Daniel Holgado at Turn 16.

Tech3 GasGas rider Holgado, who started from pole, saw off a number of challenges on his lead and headed the field to begin the final tour.

But he left too much room on the inside of the final corner for Alonso to pick his pocket, with the winning margin just 0.041 seconds.

Honda Team Asia’s Taiyo Furusato came from 18th on the grid to score a second career podium in third, banishing a difficult winter for Honda in the Moto3 class.

David Alonso, CFMOTO Aspar Team

David Alonso, CFMOTO Aspar Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Riccardo Rossi looked like being Holgado’s biggest threat for the win coming into the last lap, but the CIP KTM rider had to settle for fourth ahead of Intact GP Husqvarna’s Collin Veijer.

Stefano Nepa was sixth on the MTA KTM from second Intact GP rider Tatsuki Suzuki. Joel Kelso (BOE Motorsports KTM), Ivan Ortola (MT Helmets – MSI KTM) and rookie Jacob Roulstone (Tech3) rounded out the top 10.

Ajo KTM’s Jose Antonio Rueda gave Holgado his first threat of the race in the early laps, but crashed at Turn 1 at the start of the third tour.

Ryusei Yamanaka (MT Helmets – MSI) crashed out of the podium battle late on, as did Leopard Racing Honda’s Adrian Fernandez and Ajo KTM’s Vicente Perez.

BOE Motorsports’ David Munoz stalled on the grid and was forced to start from pitlane just before lights out, though may fall foul of the stewards for initially ignoring instructions from the IRTA (International Race Teams’ Association) official.

Moto3 results

   
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Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1
D. Alonso CFMOTO Aspar Team
80 CF MOTO 16

33'19.778

  154.9   25
2 Spain D. Holgado Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 96 GASGAS 16

+0.041

33'19.819

0.041 154.9   20
3 Japan T. Furusato Honda Team Asia 72 Honda 16

+0.143

33'19.921

0.102 154.9   16
4 Italy R. Rossi CIP 54 KTM 16

+0.186

33'19.964

0.043 154.9   13
5
C. Veijer Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP
95 Husqvarna 16

+0.338

33'20.116

0.152 154.9   11
6 Italy S. Nepa LEVELUP - MTA 82 KTM 16

+0.416

33'20.194

0.078 154.9   10
7 Japan T. Suzuki Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP 24 Husqvarna 16

+1.144

33'20.922

0.728 154.8   9
8
J. Kelso BOE Motorsports
66 KTM 16

+9.465

33'29.243

8.321 154.2   8
9
I. Ortola MT Helmets - MSI
48 KTM 16

+10.019

33'29.797

0.554 154.1   7
10
J. Roulstone Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
12 GASGAS 16

+10.626

33'30.404

0.607 154.1   6
11
J. Esteban CFMOTO Aspar Team
78 CF MOTO 16

+10.827

33'30.605

0.201 154.1   5
12
Á. Piqueras Leopard Racing
36 Honda 16

+10.933

33'30.711

0.106 154.1   4
13 United Kingdom S. Ogden MLav Racing 19 Honda 16

+12.928

33'32.706

1.995 153.9   3
14
N. Fabio LEVELUP - MTA
10 KTM 16

+12.946

33'32.724

0.018 153.9   2
15
L. Lunetta SIC58 Squadra Corse
58 Honda 16

+13.527

33'33.305

0.581 153.9   1
16
D. Muñoz BOE Motorsports
64 KTM 16

+15.953

33'35.731

2.426 153.7    
17
N. Dettwiler CIP
55 KTM 16

+28.926

33'48.704

12.973 152.7    
18 United Kingdom J. Whatley MLav Racing 70 Honda 16

+29.126

33'48.904

0.200 152.7    
19
T. Buasri Honda Team Asia
5 Honda 16

+34.620

33'54.398

5.494 152.3    
dnf Spain V. Pérez Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 21 KTM 15

+1 Lap

31'14.243

1 Lap 155.0 Accident  
dnf Mexico A. Fernandez Leopard Racing 31 Honda 15

+1 Lap

31'14.340

0.097 154.9 Accident  
dnf Japan R. Yamanaka MT Helmets - MSI 6 KTM 14

+2 Laps

29'08.516

1 Lap 155.0 Accident  
dnf
F. Farioli SIC58 Squadra Corse
7 Honda 4

+12 Laps

8'20.551

10 Laps 154.7 Accident  
dnf
M. Bertelle Rivacold Snipers Team
18 Honda 4

+12 Laps

8'20.701

0.150 154.7 Accident  
dnf
J. Antonio Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
99 KTM 2

+14 Laps

4'09.222

2 Laps 155.4 Accident  
Alonso Lopez, SpeedUp Racing

Alonso Lopez, SpeedUp Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Lopez victorious in Qatar Moto2

Speed Up rider Alonso Lopez scored his third career Moto2 win having last stood on top of the podium in 2022.

For a time, poleman Aron Canet looked like he would be hard to beat on his Fantic Racing Kalex despite a poor start in the 18-lap contest.

Canet returned to the lead on the third lap but come the sixth tour his pace had dropped and he started to fade down the order.

Lopez took the lead on lap six and held firm through to the chequered flag to beat RW Racing’s Barry Baltus by 0.055 seconds.

MT Helmets – MSI’s Sergio Garcia took his first Moto2 podium in third, while team-mate Ai Ogura came through to fourth as Gresini’s Manuel Gonzalez dropped to fifth having been in the podium battle early on.

American Racing duo Marcos Ramirez and Joe Roberts followed, ahead of Albert Arenas with Celestino Vietti ninth on his Ajo KTM debut. Canet ended up 10th.

Speed Up’s Fermin Aldeguer – who looks set to step up to MotoGP in 2025 with Pramac Ducati – struggled to 16th, while another title favourite Tony Arbolino (Marc VDS) was 20th.

Moto2 results

   
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Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 Spain A. López Sync SpeedUp 21 Boscoscuro B-21 18

-

      25
2 Belgium B. Baltus RW-Idrofoglia Racing GP 7 Kalex 18

+0.055

0.055

0.055     20
3 Spain S. García MT Helmets - MSI 3 Boscoscuro B-21 18

+0.742

0.742

0.687     16
4 Japan A. Ogura MT Helmets - MSI 79 Boscoscuro B-21 18

+1.514

1.514

0.772     13
5 Spain M. Gonzalez QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2 18 Kalex 18

+5.100

5.100

3.586     11
6 Spain M. Ramirez OnlyFans American Racing Team 24 Kalex 18

+5.320

5.320

0.220     10
7 United States J. Roberts OnlyFans American Racing Team 16 Kalex 18

+9.058

9.058

3.738     9
8 Spain A. Arenas QJMOTOR Gresini Moto2 75 Kalex 18

+9.210

9.210

0.152     8
9 Italy C. Vietti Ramus Ajo Motorsport 13 Kalex 18

+10.710

10.710

1.500     7
10 Spain A. Canet Fantic Racing 44 Kalex 18

+10.879

10.879

0.169     6
11 Thailand S. Chantra Honda Team Asia 35 Kalex 18

+15.066

15.066

4.187     5
12 Spain J. Alcoba Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team 52 Kalex 18

+18.986

18.986

3.920     4
13 Netherlands Z. van den Goorbergh RW-Idrofoglia Racing GP 84 Kalex 18

+19.038

19.038

0.052     3
14 Netherlands B. Bendsneyder Pertamina Mandalika GAS UP Team 64 Kalex 18

+22.338

22.338

3.300     2
15 Turkey D. Öncü Ajo Motorsport 53 Kalex 18

+22.568

22.568

0.230     1
16 Spain F. Aldeguer Sync SpeedUp 54 Boscoscuro B-21 18

+25.220

25.220

2.652      
17
S. Agius Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP
81 Kalex 18

+27.060

27.060

1.840      
18 South Africa D. Binder Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP 15 Kalex 18

+28.515

28.515

1.455      
19 Italy D. Foggia Italtrans Racing Team 71 Kalex 18

+30.099

30.099

1.584      
20 Italy T. Arbolino Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 14 Kalex 18

+30.356

30.356

0.257      
21 Czech Republic F. Salač Elf Marc VDS Racing Team 12 Kalex 18

+41.203

41.203

10.847      
22 Brazil D. Moreira Italtrans Racing Team 10 Kalex 18

+43.118

43.118

1.915      
23
X. Cardelús Fantic Racing
20 Kalex 18

+43.185

43.185

0.067      
24 Indonesia M. Aji Honda Team Asia 34 Kalex 18

+43.259

43.259

0.074      
25 Spain J. Masia Pertamina Mandalika GAS UP Team 5 Kalex 18

+43.623

43.623

0.364      
26
Á. Escrig KLINT Forward Factory Team
11 Forward F2 17

+1 Lap

1'07.049

1 Lap      
27 Spain X. Artigas KLINT Forward Factory Team 43 Forward F2 17

+1 Lap

1'07.149

0.100      
dnf Spain I. Guevara CFMOTO Aspar Team 28 Kalex 12

 

    Retirement  
dnf Japan A. Sasaki Yamaha VR46 Master Camp Team 22 Kalex 6

 

    Accident  

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