Nick Harris: “Somebody asked me the other day - they were doing a feature on him - ‘is he actively involved in these moto2 and moto3 teams?’ they asked me, thinking that he just put his name to it. I said yeah he’s involved, he rides every single day with them at his Ranch, he’s - well there he is - he’s absolutely their mentor in every single way.” (Qatar)
Maverick Vinales won a rain-delayed and shortened Qatar MotoGP season-opener on Sunday in a triumphant Yamaha debut for the young Spaniard.
Italian Andrea Dovizioso was second for Ducati with compatriot Valentino Rossi, at 38, back on the podium in third place for Yamaha under the floodlights.
Honda’s reigning champion Marc Marquez finished fourth on an eventful evening that saw 22-year-old compatriot Vinales drop from pole to fifth on the opening lap before making a stirring comeback for his second career victory.