Nagashima shines in Qatar to claim maiden Grand Prix victory

Back at the front, Marini and Roberts were now one and two, with Martin sitting in close pursuit. Lap 6 saw Roberts go for an overtake at Turn 1 but the American ran wide, handing the position back to Marini as 1.5 seconds split the top eight heading onto Lap 8, with Bastianini, Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40), Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing), Marco Bezzecchi (SKY Racing Team VR46) and Warm Up pacesetter Nagashima setting similar lap times. However, Marini then started to stretch the field, taking just under half a second out of second place Roberts on Lap 9 and 10 and on Lap 11, the gap was up to 0.9 seconds as another personal best lap was slammed in by the SKY VR46 rider – could anyone respond?

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