Long anticipated 2014 MotoGP season has begun in fantastic way, with race that brought a lot of excitement and close racing, something that was we haven't seen recently. Already from practice sessions we knew that anything can happen in race, and indeed we saw one of most dramatic races in recent years. Lot of riders crashed from race proving that everyone was on the edge in season opener, while Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez gave us fantastic battle, with Rossi reminding on his best days.
Early star of the race was Lorenzo, who took holeshot from 5th on the grid and tried to make break to the rest of the pack, but found himself in the gravel before completing first lap with his M1 completely destroyed and no chances to return to race. Stefan Bradl continued as race leader for fist 8 laps, before crashing and leaving Valentino Rossi in leading possition. Rossi made great comeback from 10th on the grid in to first position in lap 9, with Marc Marquez close behind him. Although leading duo had close followers somewhere until lap 17, some of them fell as victims of breathtaking rhythm (Alvaro Bautista and Bradley Smith). Among the follers were also Pol Espargaro and Hector Barbera.
Rossi lead Marquez until lap 14, when Spaniard took first position but was not able to make escape everyone expected. Rossi was closely tailing Marquez, showing strong form and looking set to attack in last lap. However, Rossi made his move with one and a half laps remaining but Marquez regained his position one corner later, and Rossi was unable to respond until chequered flag. Despite not winning opening race of the 2014 MotoGP season, Rossi demonstrated form which he lacked through last season and seems to finaly reach his goal of constantly fighting for podiums. On the other hand, Marquez is still fresh from injuries but despite that shown once again that he will be the main man to beat in 2014.
Dani Pedrosa made cautious recovery from 6th place in lap one to final podium position at the end of the race, gaining valuable 16 points. Aleix Espargaro was not on the pace he demonstrated in free practices and finished race in 4th position as best open category rider. Andrea Dovizioso completed top 5 finishers in Qatar.