The 2011 MotoGP World Championship got underway, under the floodlights, at Losail in Qatar on Sunday night, when Casey Stoner took victory on his Repsol Honda debut.

The race win completed a near perfect weekend for Stoner, who led every track session except warm-up, but he didn't have things all his own way in the race.

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa overtook Stoner to lead the race from laps 6 to 11, at which point Pedrosa began losing feeling in his left arm. The desperately disappointed Spaniard slipped to third by the chequered flag.

While a worried Pedrosa pondered his physical problems, countryman and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo was positively ecstatic at splitting the two leading Repsol bikeson his 'underpowered' Yamaha.

But how impressed were you by the performances of Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa?

Behind the rostrum riders were two more factory Hondas, of Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli, which seems to confirm the RC212Vs winter progress.

And what about Ben Spies finishing sixth on his Factory Yamaha debut, after just getting the better of Valentino Rossi.

Sunday's race proved beyond doubt that Rossi hasn't been sandbagging this winter, but - from what you saw at Qatar - how long do you think it will be before he can fight at the front?

Cal Crutchlow was the top rookie on Sunday, finishing eleventh with an injured finger on his Tech 3 Yamaha debut. What do you think will be a realistic target for Cal in the races ahead?

Sunday's event started with just 16 riders and three manufacturers, after Suzuki's only representative, Alvaro Bautista, broke his leg in practice. The last time a premier-class race took place without a Suzuki was the 1974 German GP at the N?rburgring.

Did you feel short-changed by the grid numbers or it is really only competition at the front that interests you?

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