Motorsport Weekend: MotoGP Qatar GP, Nascar Phoenix races results |

Welcome to a new edition of Motorsport Weekend, where we offer you the results from the biggest competitions taking place in the last three days.

In the past weekend we were finally treated to some two-wheel goodness, as the MotoGP championship began its first round, the Qatar GP. Nascar fans were also excited about the Subway Fresh Fit 600 and the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, taking place at the Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona.

Curious to see how Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Kyle Busch or Ryan Newman faired? Then hit the jump and find out.

The 2010 MotoGP season kicked off under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit, at the Qatar GP. Valentino Rossi managed to win the race, showing that he is more than able to defend the title he won last year. The Yamaha rider benefited from the crash of his main rival, Casey Stoner, early in the race. Stoner showed great form in the qualifiers, and started in pole position.

Rossi, after Stoner’s crash, managed to secure first place, but didn’t really put much distance between himself and the pack. Speaking of the pack, the end of the race was pretty electrifying, as Rossi’s teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, managed to work his way up, and managed to grab third place from Nicky Hayden and then second from Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who rounded off the podium at the end of the race. Overall, a great race for Rossi and Yamaha, who managed a 1-2 finish.

Nascar fans eagerly awaited the events taking place in Phoenix, and they weren’t disappointed, at least in the Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 race, counting for the Nationwide Series. The main hero was Kyle Busch, who, after leading for the majority of the race, was penalized by officials for jumping a restart, and had to do a pass through the pits. This meant Busch re-entered the race in 19th place.

Busch and his #18 Toyota then went on a hard battle, eventually reaching the number one spot, after overtaking Brad Keselowski. Runner up was Kevin Harvick, who also overtook Keselowski in the last turns of the race. Overall standings have Keselowski on top, with Carl Edwards 4 points behind and Kyle Busch trailing by 15 points.

The Subway Fresh Fit 600, counting for the Nascar Sprint Cup followed on Saturday, and was seemingly headed to a new win by Kyle Busch. Unfortunately for the Toyota driver, a late-race caution sent the majority of the pack into the pit lane. This is where Busch’s decission to have a four-tire change cost him dearly, re-entering the race in eight spot.

This allowed Ryan Newman, who opted for a two-tire change, to charge into first place, after Jeff Gordon spun out in front of him. Newman then cruised for an easy win in the Subway 600 race. He was followed by Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

Overall Sprint Cup standings place Johnson first, followed by Matt Kenseth, trailing by 36, and Greg Biffle, behind by 92 points.

Photo Source: Fiat Yamaha Team’s Flickr

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