The 2014 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit is Sunday, March 23. Be sure to catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 starting 2:30 p.m. EDT. For race fans out there that will not have access to the Fox Sports 1 when the lights go out, be sure to catch the live stream online by signing up for MotoGP 2013 MultiScreen Season VideoPass here.

 

Big rule changes for 2014 mean up the grid for 2014. Aleix Espargaro demonstrated a dominating performance during free practice, making the 24-year-old rider the favorite going into qualifying. On the other hand, defending world champion Marc Marquez was struggling after he suffered a broken leg from a dirt bike accident six weeks ago. 

However, when it was time to lay it down, Marc Marquez was able to pull off an incredible fastest lap of 1:54.507s to grab pole. On the other hand, despite the advantage of an extra-soft tire and a more generous fuel allocation, Espargaro slumped to ninth. Did you see it coming? 

“It’s a great surprise because yesterday I didn’t expect because a lot of riders, especially the Open riders, were so strong with the soft tire,” Marquez said. “I am getting more confident with every practice but tomorrow it will be a hard race. There are many riders within one tenth and it has never been like that in the MotoGP category.

“It will be great for the fans but it will be hard for me at the end of the race because I’m struggling a little bit with the leg. I don’t have enough power and automatically I’m using my right arm more and it’s getting tired every lap. But I hope that against the other riders and with the adrenaline it will be better and I would like to do a great race.”

The 2014 MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit is Sunday, March 23. Be sure to catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 starting 2:30 p.m. EDT. For race fans out there that will not have access to the Fox Sports 1 when the lights go out, be sure to catch the live stream online by signing up for MotoGP 2013 MultiScreen Season VideoPass here.

Be sure to check out the qualifying results and the preview to the Qatar Grand Prix below:

Qualifying Results: 
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