World champion Marc Marquez, riding his first MotoGP laps since fracturing his leg in February, snatched pole position from Alvaro Bautista on his final lap.
Bradley Smith secured the final place on the front row, his best ever MotoGP qualifying performance.
Practice leader Aleix Espargaro fell on only his second flying lap of qualifying, forcing him to rush back to the pits for his spare bike.... He returned but then fell again, while on course for pole!
Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa will start on the second row. Lorenzo's Factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was left down in tenth place, albeit only 0.589s from pole.
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1. Marc Marquez
ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.507s
2. Alvaro Bautista
ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 54.564s | +0.057s
3. Bradley Smith
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 54.601s | +0.094s
4. Andrea Dovizioso
ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 54.644s | +0.137s
5. Jorge Lorenzo
ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.661s | +0.154s
6. Dani Pedrosa
ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 54.703s | +0.196s
7. Stefan Bradl
GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 54.871s | +0.364s
8. Cal Crutchlow
GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 1m 54.888s | +0.381s
9. Aleix Espargaro
ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 54.986s | +0.479s
10. Valentino Rossi
ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.096s | +0.589s
11. Andrea Iannone
ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 55.127s | +0.620s
12. Pol Espargaro
ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 55.152s | +0.645s
13. Nicky Hayden
USA Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 55.894s
14. Colin Edwards
USA NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 56.042s
15. Hiroshi Aoyama
JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 1m 56.479s
16. Scott Redding
GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R) 1m 56.555s
17. Yonny Hernandez
COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 1m 56.648s
18. Karel Abraham
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 1m 56.715s
19. Hector Barbera
ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 57.006s
20. Danilo Petrucci
ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) 1m 57.513s
21. Broc Parkes
AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 57.574s
22. Mike Di Meglio
FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia) 1m 57.667s
23. Michael Laverty
GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) 1m 58.254s
Blue = Factory - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
20 litres of race fuel, 5 engine changes for the season. All engines identical throughout the year within the same team (development freeze).
Black = Factory (with concessions) - Control ECU hardware, unique manufacturer software.
Currently only Ducati, but technically applicable to any Factory manufacturer that has not achieved a dry win the previous year, or any new MotoGP manufacturer.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, plus the same softer rear tyre allocation and extra testing opportunities as the Open category. Fuel to be reduced to 22 litres should Ducati achieve a race win, two second places or three (dry) podiums during 2014. If Ducati claims three wins this season they will also lose the softer rear tyre. All other concessions confirmed until start of single ECU era in 2016.
Red = Open - Full control ECU system, hardware and software.
24 litres of race fuel, 12 engine changes for the season. No engine development freeze, a softer rear tyre allocation and more testing opportunities relative to the Factory option.
Fastest practice time:
ESP Forward Yamaha 1m 54.773s
Official Qatar MotoGP records:
ESP Yamaha 1m 53.927s
Fastest race lap:
AUS Ducati 1m 55.153s
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