Vinales in pole as Qatar MotoGP qualifying rained off

Qualifying for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix was cancelled after torrential rain left the track too dangerous to compete on.

Although storms stopped several hours before the first session was due to begin, standing water remained on kerbs and in the gravel traps, with rivers running in other places on the course..

Organisers attempted to reschedule with an extra practice session, but ultimately decided that the conditions were too dangerous.

Qualifying was cancelled, while Moto3, Moto2 and Asia Talent Cup sessions were also scrapped.

The grid for Sunday’s race has now been determined from the three practice sessions which took place on Thursday and Friday.

Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales will start in pole position, ahead of Andrea Iannone and Marc Marquez. Jorge Lorenzo will make his Ducati debut from 12th place.

Warm-up sessions for all three classes have been extended to 30 minutes, with MotoGP scheduled to take place on Sunday night after the Moto3 and Moto2 races.

Grid for the Qatar MotoGP

  1. Maverick Viñales Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  2. Andrea Iannone Team Suzuki Ecstar
  3. Marc Marquez  Repsol Honda Team
  4. Johann Zarco Monster Yamaha Tech
  5. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team
  6. Scott Redding Octo Pramac Racing 
  7. Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team
  8. Jonas Folger Monster Yamaha Tech 3
  9. Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda
  10. Valentino Rossi Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 
  11. Danilo Petrucci Octo Pramac Racing
  12. Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Team
  13. Alvaro Bautista Aspar MotoGP Team
  14. Loris Baz Reale Avintia Racing
  15. Aleix Espargaro Factory Aprilia Gresini 
  16. Jack Miller Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
  17. Karel Abraham Aspar MotoGP Team
  18. Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar 
  19. Tito Rabat Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
  20. Hector Barbera Reale Avintia Racing 
  21. Sam Lowes Factory Aprilia Gresini
  22. Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
  23. Bradley Smith Red Bull KTM Factory Racing