One word can describe Jorge Lorenzo’s performance Sunday at the opening round of 2013 MotoGP in Doha, Qatar – flawless.The Yamaha Factory Racing rider piloted his YZR-M1 around the 3.343-mile circuit with complete precision for 22 laps, taking the win ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi and the rookie Repsol Honda rider, Marc Marquez.When the 2013 MotoGP Championship began Thursday evening under the floodlights at Losail International Circuit, the reigning champion Lorenzo was quickest, topping the first free practice. He wouldn’t lead another session until qualifying, which he dominated, taking his seventh pole position at Losail across all classes.Lorenzo then took the holeshot on race day, taking the lead through the first corner ahead of Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, and never being challenged again. By mid race, Lorenzo had almost five seconds on the remaining riders, and would go onto to finish 5.9 seconds ahead of Rossi, with his fellow compatriot Marquez 6.2 seconds back.Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “Half an hour before the race I felt a little bit nervous so I had to really concentrate and relax on the grid. I knew it was going to be difficult to open a gap but I had to try.“I made a good start and pushed more than 100%. In the beginning it was hard to open the gap as Pedrosa didn’t want to let me get away, he tried to stay with me but after six or seven laps I opened the gap which made me more confident to keep my pace. I’m very happy for Yamaha and happy for Valentino as he has now passed two difficult years.”Attached above is a photo gallery of Jorge Lorenzo photos from 2013 Qatar MotoGP, which also make for great wallpaper. To download the Lorenzo Pics for wallpaper, simply click the desired thumbnail to expand, right click and set as desktop background.For a recap of 2013 Qatar MotoGP, including full results and point standings, click here.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!