Osaka To Miss Next Week's Qatar Open

Osaka to miss next week's Qatar Open

Japanese tennis player and winner of two straight Grand Slams Naomi Osaka says she will not play in the Qatar Open, citing back pain.

The tournament starting next Monday was to be Osaka's first competition after her Australia Open victory last month.

Qatar 'provided Information' To Help Free Yasuda

Qatar 'provided information' to help free Yasuda

A senior Qatari government official says his country provided information that helped to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda.

The official spoke to NHK on Thursday about the journalist who returned to Japan after being held hostage for more than 3 years by militants in Syria.

Expert: Japan, Qatar Cooperated Closely On Yasuda

Expert: Japan, Qatar cooperated closely on Yasuda

A Qatari security expert says the governments of Qatar and Japan cooperated closely to secure the release of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda from rebel forces in Syria.

Qatar and Turkey have influence on anti-government forces in Syria. The 2 nations reportedly played an important role in realizing the release of Yasuda, who had been held captive for more than 3 years.

Mahias Takes Stunning Victory In Qatar To Become Worldssp Champion

Mahias Takes Stunning Victory in Qatar to Become WorldSSP ChampionGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias put in a sensational performance under the floodlights in Qatar at the final round of the season, despite being under immense pressure, to take a superb victory and become the 2017 FIM Supersport World Champion. Only needing to finish in tenth to secure the title, Mahias shook off any nerves he may have been feeling and enjoyed a stunning battle at the front, highlighting his fearless character as he went on to win the race by just 0.023s in an incredible finish to the season. In the process being crowned WorldSSP champion by a margin of 29 points, adding to the Team and Manufacturer titles that the GRT Team and Yamaha had wrapped up at the last round in Magny-Cours to complete the "triple crown'.

Marvellous Mahias Secures Maiden Worldssp Pole In Qatar

Marvellous Mahias Secures Maiden WorldSSP Pole in QatarGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias followed up his dominant performance on Thursday under the lights in Qatar by smashing the lap record in SP2 on Friday on his way to recording his first WorldSSP pole position. The Championship leader set a 2:00.738 on his penultimate lap to ensure he will start Saturday's crucial race from the head of the front row, knowing he just needs to finish in tenth or higher to be crowned the 2017 FIM Supersport World Champion. Teammate Federico Caricasulo enjoyed another good day as he showed superb consistency, qualifying in seventh for Saturday's race and confident he can fight for the victory.

Bad Luck For Pata Yamaha Pair In Qatar Race 1

Bad Luck for Pata Yamaha Pair in Qatar Race 1The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team suffered from a double dose of misfortune under the floodlights in Qatar on Friday, as both riders crashed out of Race 1 after having shown real promise throughout the weekend. Alex Lowes recorded his second consecutive front-row start and started Race 1 from P2 on the grid. During the race, he was involved in an excellent battle for second position before he crashed at Turn 16. He managed to rejoin but, due to damage sustained in the original accident, crashed again with two laps to go bringing a premature end to his race. His teammate Michael van der Mark qualified in seventh and was battling hard during the race to chase down the leading group when he was unlucky to make contact with another rider and crashed out on lap 7.

Mahias Enjoys Perfect Start In Worldssp In Qatar

Mahias Enjoys Perfect Start in WorldSSP in QatarGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias got off to a superb start in the hot and humid conditions at the crucial final round of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship in Qatar. Under the floodlights in the desert, the man who leads the championship by 20 points topped the overall timesheets by 0.412s as he blitzed the opposition into submission to get a crucial weekend started in the best possible fashion. His teammate Federico Caricasulo carried his incredible form from the last round at Jerez that saw him record the 'perfect' weekend to the Losail International Circuit as he ended Thursday in fourth overall, just 0.418s off the pace of his teammate, with both riders making it through automatically to Friday's SP2.

Pata Yamaha Get Off To A Superb Start Under The Lights In Qatar

Pata Yamaha Get Off to a Superb Start Under the Lights in Qatar

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team got off to their best start of the year in Qatar on day one of the final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship. In the sweltering heat and humidity under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, Alex Lowes continued the excellent form he has shown at the last two rounds, finishing the day in a sensational second position on the combined timesheets, just 0.259s off the top. Michael van der Mark also had a great start to the final race weekend of the season, ending Thursday in fifth overall to cap a superb opening day for the team with both riders, once again, making it directly through to SP2.

Mahias Out For Worldssp Title In Qatar

Mahias Out for WorldSSP Title in Qatar

GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias heads to the final round of the season in Qatar this weekend leading the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship by 20 points. The 28-year-old French rider knows the task at hand and will be guaranteed the title under the floodlights in Qatar if he finishes Saturday's race in tenth or higher. His teammate Federico Caricasulo is aiming to continue the stunning form that saw enjoy a 'perfect' weekend at the last round in Jerez so that he can finish the season in the strongest way possible.

Pata Yamaha Aiming To End Season On A High In Qatar

Pata Yamaha Aiming to End Season on a High in QatarThe Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are relishing the opportunity to perform at the final round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship in Qatar this weekend. Having gone from strength to strength throughout the year, the team will be looking to bow out on a high to bring an end to a 2017 season that has seen them emerge as regular podium contenders. Alex Lowes wants to finish the year in the strongest possible way and is hoping to add to his tally of three podiums so far in 2017 after back to back fourth-place finishes last time out in Jerez. His teammate Michael van der Mark, fresh from a superb MotoGP debut for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team in Malaysia, hopes to continue the form that has seen him record two podiums at the last three rounds and eleven consecutive points-scoring finishes.

Movistar Yamaha Tops Second Qatar Test Day 2017

Movistar Yamaha Tops Second Qatar Test Day 2017The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team was back on track today for the second day of the MotoGP Official Test Losail. Though the day was not without challenges, the Factory Yamaha crew persevered. Maverick Viñales was quick to get up to pace and topped the timesheets, just slightly ahead of teammate Valentino Rossi in second.

Solid Start For Movistar Yamaha At The Qatar Test

Solid Start for Movistar Yamaha at the Qatar TestToday Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi got down to work on the first day of the MotoGP Official Test Losail, securing second and seventh place respectively. The pair completed multiple stints throughout the late afternoon and evening, in preparation for the first round of the 2017 MotoGP season to be held at the same circuit in just two weeks’ time.

Kawasaki: Podium For Clement Desalle In Qatar

Kawasaki: Podium for Clement Desalle in QatarClement Desalle started his second season with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team with a stunning podium result at the opening round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship in Qatar.
He had qualified quietly the previous day but his Kawasaki KX450-SR launched the Belgian to an immediate third place in a tightly-bunched lead group as the front four broke clear of the chasing pack.