MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Qatar MotoGP FP4 Result: Maverick Makes His Mark

The premier class made the best of their final opportunity to get a clear picture of race setup in similar, if slightly warmer conditions than expected on Sunday evening. Perhaps the standout performance came from Maverick Vinales, the Spaniard fast and consistent and edging ahead of rivals on pace. He also grabbed top spot in FP4 on his final flying lap, dethroning Johann Zarco. The Frenchman might have lost the minor honours but he also enjoyed the spotlight as he set a new MotoGP top speed record of 362.4 km/h before his Ducati made an unavoidable off track excursion.

Fabio Quartararo also showed good rhythm as he climbed into third, three tenths of a second behind the leader. Miguel Oliveira followed him closely – four thousandths of a second close – while Aleix Espargaro stayed at the business end within the top five. Despite adding Q1 to his TO DO list, Joan Mir was fast in FP4 and ended the session sixth on the timesheets. Franco Morbidelli was the odd one out on tyre choice, sampling the hard rear together with his teammate in the initial stages, but swapped back to softs and promptly climbed into seventh position.

Honda men Stefan Bradl and Takaaki Nakagami were seven tenths off top spot, while Alex Rins rounded out the top ten positions. Pecco Bagnaia and Alex Marquez narrowly missed out on that top ten, finishing just ahead of practice maestro Jack Miller, the trio little under a second down on the top time.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.106    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.324 0.218 0.218
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.483 0.377 0.159
4 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.487 0.381 0.004
5 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.648 0.542 0.161
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.735 0.629 0.087
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.737 0.631 0.002
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.741 0.635 0.004
9 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.891 0.785 0.150
10 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.893 0.787 0.002
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.971 0.865 0.078
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.014 0.908 0.043
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.041 0.935 0.027
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.068 0.962 0.027
15 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.194 1.088 0.126
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.257 1.151 0.063
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.272 1.166 0.015
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.404 1.298 0.132
19 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.497 1.391 0.093
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.531 1.425 0.034
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.023 1.917 0.492
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.746 2.640 0.723
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2021 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Untouchable

The night had fully set in by the time the Moto2 qualifying show got underway but there wasn’t much suspense left after Sam Lowes claimed top spot early in Q2. The Marc VDS rider went unchallenged until the checkered flag and secured the first pole position of the season. Rookie Raul Fernandez was also off to a great start in the intermediate class, securing a front row start from second position, only a tenth of a second down on pole. Another surprise presence at the front of the grid was Bo Bendsneyder, who not only found his way back into the intermediate class last minute but also rushed straight into third grid position.

Marco Bezzecchi was strong throughout practice and might have expected to be even closer to Lowes but the Italian opens the second row of the grid, joined by Joe Roberts and Remy Gardner. The Australian also had hopes of joining his teammate on the front row, but a yellow flag hindered his final flying lap.

Jake Dixon dropped to seventh position, not helped by a slight collision with teammate Xavi Vierge late in the session. Fabio Di Giannantonio aced Q1 to qualify in the middle of the third row, ahead of Jorge Navarro. Celestino Vietti also found his way out the first qualifying session to open row four ahead of Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet. Somkiat Chantra and Lorenzo Dalla Porta also escaped Q1 to qualify 14th and 16th, while rookie Ai Ogura missed out by four hundredths of a second.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'58.726    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'58.866 0.140 0.140
3 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'58.959 0.233 0.093
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.052 0.326 0.093
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.168 0.442 0.116
6 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.197 0.471 0.029
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.203 0.477 0.006
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.241 0.515 0.038
9 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.420 0.694 0.179
10 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.439 0.713 0.019
11 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'59.454 0.728 0.015
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.477 0.751 0.023
13 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.487 0.761 0.010
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.531 0.805 0.044
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'59.620 0.894 0.089
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.899 1.173 0.279
17 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.908 1.182 0.009
18 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'59.925 1.199 0.017
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Q2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.354    
Q2 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.411 0.057 0.057
Q2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.446 0.092 0.035
Q2 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.452 0.098 0.006
19 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'59.498 0.144 0.046
20 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'59.638 0.284 0.140
21 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'59.667 0.313 0.029
22 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'59.673 0.319 0.006
23 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'59.710 0.356 0.037
24 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'59.819 0.465 0.109
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.015 0.661 0.196
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'00.135 0.781 0.120
27 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.173 0.819 0.038
28 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'00.644 1.290 0.471
29 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'02.566 3.212 1.922
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2021 Qatar Moto3 Qualifying Result: Practice Makes Perfect

After a long and difficult off season, the lightweight class seemed in no rush to join the track and dispute the first pole position of the year. Once riders spotted a suitable tow provider, the second half of Q2 saw a lot more action and it was advantage Darryn Binder throughout, the South African outsmarting rivals in both qualifying sessions. After cruising through Q1, Binder snatched the pole record at Losail and starts the first race of the season from prime position. Almost as impressive was rookie Izan Guevara, who accompanied him through Q1 before getting two tenths away from pole and making his debut in Moto3 from second on the grid. John McPhee managed to sneak in one final lap by the skin of his teeth and it served him well, adding another Petronas Sprinta Racing machine onto the front row.

Jeremy Alcoba barged his way into fourth grid position, joined by Jaume Masia and Kaito Toba on the second row, the Japanese rider’s placement even more impressive as it was achieved without a slipstream. Gabriel Rodrigo, Sergio Garcia and Riccardo Rossi make up a solid third row, while Niccolo Antonelli completed the top ten and opens forth row for Red Bull Rookies champ Pedro Acosta and Jason Dupasquier.

Romano Fenati was another of the men to come through Q1 but the Italian could not replicate his speed in Q2 and failed to post a timed lap. However, his charge from 18th on the grid will be less of a challenge than Tatsuki Suzuki’s, last year’s poleman starting from last place on the grid after his lone timed lap in Q1 got cancelled for track limits infringement.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'04.075    
2 28 Izan Guevara Gas Gas 2'04.278 0.203 0.203
3 17 John McPhee Honda 2'04.358 0.283 0.080
4 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'04.437 0.362 0.079
5 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'04.498 0.423 0.061
6 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'04.673 0.598 0.175
7 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'04.780 0.705 0.107
8 11 Sergio Garcia Gas Gas 2'04.870 0.795 0.090
9 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'04.889 0.814 0.019
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'04.959 0.884 0.070
11 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'05.058 0.983 0.099
12 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'05.065 0.990 0.007
13 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.115 1.040 0.050
14 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'05.729 1.654 0.614
15 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'05.761 1.686 0.032
16 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'05.887 1.812 0.126
17 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'13.160 9.085 7.273
18 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna      
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'04.834    
Q2 28 Izan Guevara Gas Gas 2'05.454 0.620 0.620
Q2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'05.594 0.760 0.140
Q2 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'05.603 0.769 0.009
19 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'05.804 0.970 0.201
20 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'05.901 1.067 0.097
21 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'06.169 1.335 0.268
22 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'06.356 1.522 0.187
23 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'06.414 1.580 0.058
24 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'06.487 1.653 0.073
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.735 1.901 0.248
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'07.143 2.309 0.408
27 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.787 2.953 0.644
28 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda      
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2021 Qatar MotoGP FP3 Result: Morbidelli Tops, Miller Tumbles

With track surface sizzling at over 45 degrees Celsius, there was not much learning to be done on Saturday afternoon in Qatar. Jack Miller's FP2 time was unchallenged at the top of the combined standings but an early tumble at turn 15 allowed Franco Morbidelli to take the laurels in FP3. The Italian started the session at the top and finished there too, with a brief interruption from former teammate Fabio Quartararo. Aleix Espargaro came within two tenths of a second of challenging Morbidelli but ended the session in the gravel trap at turn six.

Rookie Luca Marini made his presence known inside the top three of FP3, while Alex Rins and Quartararo completed the top five, the duo also safely in Q2. World champion Joan Mir climbed up to sixth position but will still have to join Q1 once night falls. Takaaki Nakagami, Maverick Vinales, Stefan Bradl and Miguel Oliveira rounded out the top ten positions, but only the Spaniard has a Q2 ticket in his name.

Also joining the action straight in Q2 will be Valentino Rossi, Pol Espargaro, Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco, the group not getting much airtime on Friday afternoon and finishing outside the top 15 positions in the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.676    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.841 0.165 0.165
3 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.855 0.179 0.014
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.914 0.238 0.059
5 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.070 0.394 0.156
6 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.077 0.401 0.007
7 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.085 0.409 0.008
8 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.103 0.427 0.018
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.207 0.531 0.104
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.261 0.585 0.054
11 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.366 0.690 0.105
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.517 0.841 0.151
13 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.704 1.028 0.187
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.784 1.108 0.080
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.791 1.115 0.007
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.834 1.158 0.043
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.916 1.240 0.082
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.923 1.247 0.007
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.978 1.302 0.055
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.996 1.320 0.018
21 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.166 1.490 0.170
22 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'56.653 1.977 0.487
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2021 Qatar Moto2 FP3 Result: Canet Climbs The Timesheets

Another hot afternoon at Losail meant that the intermediate class were just as successful as their junior colleagues in changing the combined top 14 configuration. So not at all. Sam Lowes started us off in familiar fashion at the top of the timesheets, where he spent quite some time until Aron Canet took over to close proceedings. With no improvements in the Q2 lineup, Lowes remained the fastest man over the three practice sessions, while FP3 leader Canet kept 14th place on the combined standings.

Joe Roberts was three tenths of a second slower than Canet and safely into Q2, unlike Fabio Di Giannantonio and Celestino Vietti, who completed the top four on the day but have one extra qualifying session to dispute later on. Lowes dropped to fifth in the session, ahead of Moto3 champ Albert Arenas. Marcel Schrotter, Remy Gardner, Marco Bezzechi and Nicolo Bulega rounded out the top ten and will all feature in Q2 this evening. They will also be joined by the likes of Jorge Navarro, Xavi Vierge, Tony Arbolino, Raul Fernandez, Jake Dixon, Tom Luthi and Bo Bendsneyder.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'00.335    
2 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'00.626 0.291 0.291
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'00.679 0.344 0.053
4 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'00.683 0.348 0.004
5 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'00.699 0.364 0.016
6 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.708 0.373 0.009
7 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'00.757 0.422 0.049
8 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'00.766 0.431 0.009
9 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'00.836 0.501 0.070
10 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'01.012 0.677 0.176
11 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'01.017 0.682 0.005
12 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'01.076 0.741 0.059
13 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'01.117 0.782 0.041
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'01.152 0.817 0.035
15 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'01.156 0.821 0.004
16 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'01.189 0.854 0.033
17 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'01.431 1.096 0.242
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 2'01.498 1.163 0.067
19 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'01.509 1.174 0.011
20 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'01.534 1.199 0.025
21 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'01.558 1.223 0.024
22 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'01.568 1.233 0.010
23 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'01.581 1.246 0.013
24 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'01.696 1.361 0.115
25 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'01.771 1.436 0.075
26 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'01.867 1.532 0.096
27 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'02.139 1.804 0.272
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'02.259 1.924 0.120
29 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'02.496 2.161 0.237
30 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'02.700 2.365 0.204
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2021 Qatar Moto3 FP3 Result: Garcia Gets Going

Day 2 in Qatar started warm and sunny but too warm and sunny to allow much progress on the combined timesheets. The lightweight class gave it a good go at challenging the top 14 hierarchy but with little success. After rookie Izan Guevara set camp at the top of the timing screens for much of the session, the final time attack saw teammate Sergio Garcia steal the spotlight to the checkered flag. Half a second slower was Andrea Migno, while Tatsuki Suzuki was the only rider to improve his time from Friday, jumping into third in the session but nowhere near the combined top 14.

Guevara settled for fourth but will join the Q1 lineup later today. No such worries for Dennis Foggia, the Italian fifth in the session and 12th overall, while Darryn Binder was sixth quickest in FP3 but it wasn’t enough for a Q2 place. Jaume Masia was followed by rookies Xavier Artigas and Pedro Acosta, while Ryusei Yamanaka rounded out the top ten. Of that group, only teammates Masia and Acosta managed to secure Q2 positions.

Over a second down on the leader of the session but also joining them straight into the second qualifying session are Niccolo Antonelli, despite a small tumble at turn 7, Carlos Tatay, John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki. Kaito Toba remains fastest on the combined standings despite only 18th position in FP3, while Jason Dupasquier, Jeremy Alcoba, Mazimilian Kofler and Gabriel Rodrigo did not feature much in the session but comfortably made it into Q2 courtesy of their Friday evening results.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 11 Sergio Garcia Gas Gas 2'05.064    
2 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'05.551 0.487 0.487
3 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'05.630 0.566 0.079
4 28 Izan Guevara Gas Gas 2'05.721 0.657 0.091
5 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.758 0.694 0.037
6 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'05.823 0.759 0.065
7 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'05.913 0.849 0.090
8 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'05.963 0.899 0.050
9 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'06.128 1.064 0.165
10 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'06.178 1.114 0.050
11 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'06.204 1.140 0.026
12 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'06.303 1.239 0.099
13 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'06.335 1.271 0.032
14 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'06.754 1.690 0.419
15 17 John McPhee Honda 2'06.761 1.697 0.007
16 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'06.792 1.728 0.031
17 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'06.986 1.922 0.194
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'07.068 2.004 0.082
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'07.110 2.046 0.042
20 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'07.194 2.130 0.084
21 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'07.227 2.163 0.033
22 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'07.297 2.233 0.070
23 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'07.656 2.592 0.359
24 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'07.822 2.758 0.166
25 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'07.888 2.824 0.066
26 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.929 2.865 0.041
27 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'08.142 3.078 0.213
28 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'08.194 3.130 0.052
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2021 Qatar MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Paints The Night Red

Scared off by the afternoon heat in Qatar, the premier class got straight back to business when the lights flashed green on the second practice session. While appreciated, the enthusiasm was quickly tamed by a short red flag adjournment a handful of minutes into the session. After the bits of debris were quickly swept away, it was Aleix Espargaro’s time to challenge the fleet of Ducatis provisionally set up at the top of the timing screens. The Spaniard got to enjoy considerable time in the limelight until the red menace hit back and Jack Miller wrote the headlines as the fastest man on the opening night of the season, only seven thousandths of a second slower than the lap record.

Teammate Pecco Bagnaia was his closest challenger, the Italian three hundredths of a second slower in second position, while Fabio Quartararo split the Ducati contingent with a time fast enough for the top three. Johann Zarco got over his tumble from the afternoon and climbed into fourth, with Alex Rins as the lead Suzuki within the top five. Maverick Vinales in sixth was only two tenths off top spot, marginally ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Aleix Espargaro.

Valentino Rossi added a fourth Yamaha to the leading pack, while Pol Espargaro held onto the final top ten position despite adding a second crash to his scoreboard on his first race weekend with Repsol Honda. World champion Joan Mir missed out on those important combined top ten places at the end of Friday, although the Suzuki man was only half a second slower than Miller, with the top 16 positions covered by one second. It continued to be a tough day at the office for KTM, whose leading rider, Brad Binder, was in that 16 place.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.387    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'53.422 0.035 0.035
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'53.575 0.188 0.153
4 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'53.586 0.199 0.011
5 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'53.623 0.236 0.037
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.639 0.252 0.016
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'53.676 0.289 0.037
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'53.727 0.340 0.051
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'53.874 0.487 0.147
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'53.901 0.514 0.027
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.914 0.527 0.013
12 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'54.115 0.728 0.201
13 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'54.178 0.791 0.063
14 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.199 0.812 0.021
15 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'54.228 0.841 0.029
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.371 0.984 0.143
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.432 1.045 0.061
18 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'54.634 1.247 0.202
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'54.756 1.369 0.122
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'54.774 1.387 0.018
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.098 1.711 0.324
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.674 2.287 0.576
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2021 Qatar Moto2 FP2 Result: Musical Chairs With Lowes And Bezzecchi

Qatar swapped day for night, sun for floodlights and Bezzecchi for Lowes but it was the same strong men at the top of the timesheets. After Bezzecchi claimed the afternoon session, Lowes took his turn in the lead for the evening, one tenth ahead of the Italian and another two tenths from the next closest challenger, Joe Roberts. Xavi Vierge stepped it up in FP2 to trail the leader by three tenths of a second, while Remy Gardner completed the top five.

Bo Bendsneyder continues to impress at Losail and together with Nicolo Bulega, finished within half a second of Lowes. Raul Fernandez in eighth position was the top rookie in the session, while Jake Dixon and Jorge Navarro rounded out the top ten. The rest of the precious top 14 positions were secured by some of the regulars: Marcel Schrotter, Tony Arbolino, Tom Luthi and Aron Canet. The likes of Lorenzo Baldassarri, Fabio Di Giannantonio or Marcos Ramirez missed out on the honours but finished within a second of top spot and will be dreaming of a cool Saturday afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'58.959    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.063 0.104 0.104
3 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.272 0.313 0.209
4 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'59.296 0.337 0.024
5 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.320 0.361 0.024
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'59.422 0.463 0.102
7 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'59.443 0.484 0.021
8 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'59.481 0.522 0.038
9 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.546 0.587 0.065
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.556 0.597 0.010
11 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.567 0.608 0.011
12 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'59.790 0.831 0.223
13 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.809 0.850 0.019
14 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.844 0.885 0.035
15 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'59.846 0.887 0.002
16 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.876 0.917 0.030
17 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'59.886 0.927 0.010
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.946 0.987 0.060
19 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'00.096 1.137 0.150
20 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2'00.100 1.141 0.004
21 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.104 1.145 0.004
22 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'00.118 1.159 0.014
23 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'00.168 1.209 0.050
24 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'00.188 1.229 0.020
25 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'00.198 1.239 0.010
26 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.334 1.375 0.136
27 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'00.373 1.414 0.039
28 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.419 1.460 0.046
29 70 Barry Baltus NTS 2'00.689 1.730 0.270
30 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'01.765 2.806 1.076
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2021 Qatar Moto3 FP2 Result: Toba In The Limelight

As night fell over Losail, things quickly got quicker for the lightweight class, who fought for those precious top 14 spots in much improved conditions. The floodlights showed Kaito Toba the way to the top of the timesheets shortly before the checkered flag waved and the CIP rider finished the evening four hundredths of a second ahead of Jaume Masia. The Ajo side of the Red Bull KTM family worked well together and towed each other up the timesheets but as the final shootout got underway, only Masia managed to stay inside the top ten, with FP1 leader Pedro Acosta dropping down to a still solid 14th position.

Gabriel Rodrigo started the session at the top and found some late speed to rejoin the top three, only six hundredths of a second off top spot and with shrinking gaps behind him. Sergio Garcia came to the fore in fourth spot, while Jason Dupasquier and Niccolo Antonelli finished a mere six thousandths of a second behind the Spaniard.

Jeremy Alcoba in seventh position posted a time within two tenths of the leader, closely followed by John McPhee and Andrea Migno and with a fairly impressive Maximilian Kofler rounding out the top ten, less than three tenths off his teammate’s top time. The remaining top 14 positions went to Carlos Tatay, Dennis Foggia, Ayumu Sasaki and rookie Acosta.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'04.839    
2 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'04.881 0.042 0.042
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'04.907 0.068 0.026
4 11 Sergio Garcia Gas Gas 2'04.935 0.096 0.028
5 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'04.938 0.099 0.003
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'04.941 0.102 0.003
7 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'05.021 0.182 0.080
8 17 John McPhee Honda 2'05.058 0.219 0.037
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'05.102 0.263 0.044
10 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'05.107 0.268 0.005
11 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'05.117 0.278 0.010
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.228 0.389 0.111
13 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'05.244 0.405 0.016
14 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'05.388 0.549 0.144
15 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'05.453 0.614 0.065
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'05.471 0.632 0.018
17 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'05.488 0.649 0.017
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'05.499 0.660 0.011
19 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'05.559 0.720 0.060
20 28 Izan Guevara Gas Gas 2'05.590 0.751 0.031
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'05.667 0.828 0.077
22 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'05.807 0.968 0.140
23 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'05.834 0.995 0.027
24 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'06.277 1.438 0.443
25 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.326 1.487 0.049
26 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'06.605 1.766 0.279
27 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'06.656 1.817 0.051
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'06.735 1.896 0.079
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2021 Qatar MotoGP FP1 Result: Morbidelli Opens The Show

After a long wait – but not as long as last spring – the MotoGP circus was flying in full formation in Qatar once again, the premier class joining the action alongside the juniors after two years away from the Losail track. The grid was not quite in full configuration yet, with only one Marquez in attendance as the other rests for another couple of races but rivals fought to keep the spotlight firmly on them as the season gets going. Despite windy, sweaty and slippery conditions, Franco Morbidelli achieved that and led the way throughout FP1. The only rider to challenge his lead was Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia man surprising with a late jump to the top of the timesheets before getting demoted to second, one tenth of a second off top spot.

Turn 4 seemed cursed for Ducati early on with crashes for both Johann Zarco and Jack Miller, but the Australian quickly rejoined and made it into the top three, ahead of Fabio Quartararo. Reigning world champion Joan Mir steadily climbed up the timesheets to join the top five at the checkered flag, three tenths off the leader. Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins kept close to their teammates, while Pecco Bagnaia and Valentino Rossi were the last riders to post a time within half a second of Morbidelli.

Albeit eighth tenths off top spot, Miguel Oliveira completed the top ten ahead of the LCR duo of Alex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami, while their factory colleague Pol Espargaro had to make do with 15th after a crash at turn 6 halfway through proceedings.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.921    
2 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.046 0.125 0.125
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.112 0.191 0.066
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.213 0.292 0.101
5 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.255 0.334 0.042
6 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.309 0.388 0.054
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.353 0.432 0.044
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'55.365 0.444 0.012
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.419 0.498 0.054
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.745 0.824 0.326
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.748 0.827 0.003
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.754 0.833 0.006
13 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.871 0.950 0.117
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.942 1.021 0.071
15 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'56.046 1.125 0.104
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'56.057 1.136 0.011
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'56.069 1.148 0.012
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.198 1.277 0.129
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'56.230 1.309 0.032
20 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'56.541 1.620 0.311
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.559 1.638 0.018
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.943 2.022 0.384
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