Casey Stoner commenced his first season as a factory Honda rider with victory in Qatar - but the result was not the Honda steamroller that was anticipated!!!
Honda did not even manage to deliver a one-two, with world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) battling through to second ahead of Honda's Dani Pedrosa.
Valentino Rossi started his Ducati career with seventh place after a hard-fought race. Stoner had fallen from pole to third at the start, as Pedrosa moved into the lead for half a lap before the hard-charging Lorenzo slipped ahead.
P. Driver Team Time
1 Casey Stoner Honda HRC 42:38.569 2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory +03.440 3 Dani Pedrosa Honda HRC +05.051 4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda HRC +05.942 5 Marco Simoncelli Honda Gresini +07.358 6 Ben Spies Yamaha Factory +10.468 7 Valentino Rossi Ducati MotoGP +16.431 8 Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech 3 +26.293 9 Nicky Hayden Ducati MotoGP +27.416 10 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda Gresini +28.920 11 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Tech 3 +34.539 12 Hector Barbera Ducati Aspar +34.829 13 Karel Abraham Ducati Cardion AB +37.957 14 Toni Elias Honda LCR DNF 15 Loris Capirossi Ducati Pramac DNF 16 Randy de Puniet Ducati Pramac DNF 999 Alvaro Bautista Suzuki MotoGP