Cormac Shoots Doha: Second Time Around In Qatar


Man of the moment: Fabio Quartararo shone under the lights at Qatar


The other man of the moment. Pole and a maiden podium for Jorge Martin. 11 days in the desert proved fertile ground for the rookie


Worth noting that Pecco Bagnaia is sticking with the 2020 aero for his Ducati. The lower scoops are missing


KTM's steel chassis is less trellis, more steel beam. Note also the rear cylinder bank visible between the fairing and the frame


High clutch is part of the stacked gearbox which keeps the Yamaha M1 engine so incredibly compact. Note also the carbon fiber swingarm


Ironically, Covid-19 has improved communication in the garage. No more shouting to be heard over MotoGP engines; instead, everyone listens in on headsets


Still the most elegant and shapely bike on the grid: the Suzuki GSX-RR with stunning Akrapovic double-barreled exhaust


Attention to detail: speed sensor mount at the bottom of the axle, and split pin wired to the axle clamp so it doesn't get lost


Yamaha has put a lot of work into aerodynamics this year. Teardrop fork uppers mimic those on the Ducati, and work has been done on the mudguard and fairing profile


The brake disc covers are much larger, and now an integral part of the aero package. Also visible is the carbon fiber swingarm, which Valentino Rossi has been experimenting with. So far, to no avail


The KTM has been using a carbon fiber swingarm since early 2019


Suzuki's aero package remains relatively simple. But then again, their bike just works


Luca Marini looks to the future


Naca ducts and serrated trailing edges - the kind of aero detail that matters more and more


Invincible at Qatar 1, only fifth at Qatar 2. But fifth on a bad day is how you win championships


The battle for tenth. But only 6 seconds behind the leaders. That's how close the Doha MotoGP race was


The front wing on the Aprilia RS-GP is bigger and creates more drag, but the benefit from added acceleration far outweighs the top speed penalty


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Comments

Interesting to me that the rearsets on KTM are not adjustable. Does KTM build different rearsets or frame per rider? I would be shocked if DP9 and IL27 would want the footpegs in the exact same position.

... image looks remarkably simple for a MotoGP prototype. It almost looks like a tidy production bike compared to the busy details present on the competitors machinery.

Most rearsets are custom made to suit the rider, no need for complex adjustability or swiss cheese adjuster plates, less parts, less complexity, less chance of failure. 

Different tracks require different gearing and suspension tweaks, but there's not a lot to be gained in altering rider geometry.