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Qatar MotoGP: And the winner will be...

Tell us who you think will win this weekend's 2012 MotoGP season-opener at Losail, in Qatar.
MotoGP 2012 bursts into action with this this weekend's season-opening Qatar night race - the first event of the 1000cc era.

So let's get straight to the point. Who do you think will be standing on the top step on the podium on Sunday evening at Losail, spraying the victory champagne?

CLICK HERE to predict who you think will win, and compare with the choices of your fellow viewers.

You can also leave your predictions for the podium places, plus the Moto2 and Moto3 winners in the comments section below.

For those that like to study form, here is a summary of all nine days of 2012 pre-season MotoGP testing:

2012 MotoGP pre-season testing

Sepang I Test:
Day 1 (Jan 31)*:
1. Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2m 1.657s
2. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.346s
3. Crutchlow (Yamaha) +0.564s
Day 2 (Feb 1):
1. Stoner (Honda) 2m 0.895s
2. Spies (Yamaha) +0.157s
3. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.173s
Day 3 (Feb 2):
1. Stoner (Honda) 1m 59.607s
2. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.591s
3. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.649s

* Stoner absent.

Sepang II Test:
Day 1 (Feb 28):
1. Stoner (Honda) 2m 1.761s
2. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.244s
3. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.675s
Day 2 (Feb 29)*:
1. Spies (Yamaha) 2m 1.285s
2. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.008s
3. Dovizioso (Yamaha) +0.237s
Day 3 (Mar 1):
1. Stoner (Honda) 2m 0.473s
2. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.175s
3. Dovizioso (Yamaha) +0.329s

* Honda riders absent.

Jerez Test
Day 1 (Mar 23):
1. Stoner (Honda) 1m 39.146s
2. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.273s
3. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.433s
Day 2 (Mar 24)*:
1. Hayden (Ducati) 1m 40.755s
2. Abraham (Ducati) +0.906s
3. Spies (Yamaha) +0.971s
Day 3 (Mar 25):
1. Stoner (Honda) 1m 38.780s
2. Lorenzo (Yamaha) +0.173s
3. Pedrosa (Honda) +0.377s

* Damp.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Ducati , Jerez , moto2 , Qatar , Sepang

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lemmy - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 7:04 PM

It is so silly that people still think of Stoner as a crasher. He only crashed because he was pushing a bad bike to its limits. Look how often Rossi crashed last year and he was nowhere near the front. Honestly I would say that Stoner didn't crash during the 800cc era any more than Rossi did. Also, Casey was under pressure after Rossi punted him last year....and no crashes. He was also under pressure mid season when he started having tire problems around Mugello and Sachsenring...still no crashes.


April 02, 2012 11:34 PM
Last Edited 1909 days ago

@LCtanner That's it? All you got is Laguna 2008? So how does one incident prove that Stoner is a crasher under pressure? I was told there was plenty of examples. If that is the case than Rossi is a crasher under pressure too. Remember Valencia 2006 under pressure to win the title? Or Indy 2009 under pressure from Jorge? So if 1 example makes Stoner a crasher under pressure than surely 2 incidents makes Rossi a crasher under pressure too, no?

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