MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Doha Moto2 FP1 Result: Di Giannantonio Leads The Way

Back under the blazing sun of Losail, intermediate class riders were hot but unbothered as they fought for the first headline of the weekend. Fabio Di Giannantonio showed his intentions from the very beginning, the Italian spending the entire session at the top of the timing screens, although only half a tenth faster than his rivals. Keen to show a little bit more than last Sunday, Marco Bezzecchi joined his compatriot at the top end of the timesheets, closely followed by Joe Roberts. Qatar 1 winner Sam Lowes kept close and consistent in fourth, only two tenths of a second off top spot.

Rookie Raul Fernandez continues his fine run in Losail, this time from fifth position, ahead of Aron Canet, the Spaniard keeping sixth spot despite a tumble at turn seven quite early on. Ai Ogura, Xavi Vierge, Nicolo Bulega and Marcel Schrotter took the remaining top ten positions, while, Jorge Navarro, Celestino Vietti, Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Bo Bendsneyder are provisionally inside the top 14, although the hierarchy is very likely to change as track conditions improve for FP2.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.931    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.976 0.045 0.045
3 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'00.094 0.163 0.118
4 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'00.132 0.201 0.038
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'00.439 0.508 0.307
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'00.538 0.607 0.099
7 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'00.539 0.608 0.001
8 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'00.582 0.651 0.043
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'00.724 0.793 0.142
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'00.737 0.806 0.013
11 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'00.766 0.835 0.029
12 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'00.845 0.914 0.079
13 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'00.866 0.935 0.021
14 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'00.897 0.966 0.031
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.907 0.976 0.010
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.941 1.010 0.034
17 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'00.970 1.039 0.029
18 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'01.006 1.075 0.036
19 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'01.101 1.170 0.095
20 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'01.123 1.192 0.022
21 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'01.144 1.213 0.021
22 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'01.159 1.228 0.015
23 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'01.269 1.338 0.110
24 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'01.452 1.521 0.183
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'01.453 1.522 0.001
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'01.480 1.549 0.027
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'01.826 1.895 0.346
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'06.775 6.844 4.949
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2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 FP1 Result: Masia Maintains Momentum

For the second race weekend of the season, Qatar stepped it up, particularly on the thermometers, with track surface seeing well above 50 degrees Celsius by the time the lightweight class kicked off proceedings. Riders soldiered on regardless and Jaume Masia led the way with a particularly strong time given the conditions. Last weekend’s victor showed off his speed once again, ending FP1 over half a second faster than the field led by Dennis Foggia. Filip Salac also made a late jump inside the top three, while John McPhee briefly led the way before dropping down to fourth position.

Andi Farid Izdihar in fifth was the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader, closely followed by teammate Yuki Kunii. Part of Xavier Artigas’ practice time will need to be spent in the long lap penalty lane but the Spaniard showed pace good enough for seventh meanwhile, ahead of Kaito Toba and Romano Fenati. After setting camp at the top of the timing screens for the first half of FP1, rookie Izan Guevara settled for rounding out the top ten for the session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'05.360    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.922 0.562 0.562
3 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'06.155 0.795 0.233
4 17 John Mcphee Honda 2'06.215 0.855 0.060
5 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'06.279 0.919 0.064
6 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'06.397 1.037 0.118
7 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'06.536 1.176 0.139
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'06.675 1.315 0.139
9 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'06.710 1.350 0.035
10 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'06.778 1.418 0.068
11 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'06.789 1.429 0.011
12 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'06.810 1.450 0.021
13 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'06.821 1.461 0.011
14 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'06.860 1.500 0.039
15 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'06.874 1.514 0.014
16 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'06.929 1.569 0.055
17 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'06.956 1.596 0.027
18 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'06.989 1.629 0.033
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'07.002 1.642 0.013
20 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'07.029 1.669 0.027
21 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'07.081 1.721 0.052
22 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.086 1.726 0.005
23 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'07.184 1.824 0.098
24 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'07.347 1.987 0.163
25 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'07.398 2.038 0.051
26 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'07.518 2.158 0.120
27 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'07.708 2.348 0.190
28 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'07.845 2.485 0.137
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2
2021
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2021 Qatar MotoGP Race Result: The Stars Aligned

A cooler, windier, dustier Qatar set the stage for the first premier class race of the 2021 season and the tiny crowd in attendance witnessed a reversal of fortunes over the course of the 22 laps. In the end there was no disputing that Maverick Vinales was the strongest man on track, the Yamaha man slaying the Ducatis one by one on his way to victory. Back in the red camp, Johann Zarco was the top Ducati and scored second place on his first race for Pramac, while poleman Pecco Bagnaia did not know if he would be stepping onto the podium until he saw the finish line ahead of the reigning world champion.

Quite predictably, the launch off the line was Ducati’s crowning glory, turn 1 seeing four Ducatis take control of proceedings, with poleman Bagnaia ahead of Jack Miller and Zarco, plus the added bonus of rookie Jorge Martin, who flew from 14th grid position into fourth place. Fabio Quartararo, Vinales and Valentino Rossi lagged behind, while Franco Morbidelli strangely dropped out of the top 15 altogether. Aleix Espargaro and the two Suzukis kept close and were looking to spoil the Ducati-Yamaha party.

Back ahead, Bagnaia pushed on the first lap and stretched a little bit of a gap over his colleagues led by Zarco but the Ducati reign would soon start to crumble. The first of the Ducatis to fall victim to the factory Yamahas was Martin on lap 3 but the remaining red machines would be a bigger challenge. Meanwhile, the Suzukis ganged up on Rossi and had Martin next in their sights but the rocket Ducati kept the Spaniard ahead of the challengers for long enough that the leaders were over one second ahead by the time Rins made a move stick on lap 5. Mir took a little longer but soon joined his teammate’s pursuit.

Presumably worried about tyre wear, Bagnaia did not show the pace he impressed with in practice and it allowed Zarco to edge closer in the next few laps. Right behind them, Quartararo pulled a move on Miller at turn 15 at the end of lap 6 and Maverick followed his example two laps later. The Yamahas looked on a mission to pick up the Ducatis one by one and their next target was Zarco, only four tenths ahead. Miller bided his time and tagged to the back of the Yamaha duo but was soon threatened from behind by Rins. Mir seemed to drop a second on his teammate by lap 9, keeping busy with Aleix Espargaro, Martin, Miguel Oliveira, Rossi and Pol Espargaro.

By lap 10, the leading groups had nearly merged together and Vinales took control of the chase from his teammate, immediately reeling in the two red liveried leaders. However, Quartararo seemed to struggle to keep his teammate’s rear wheel and Miller pounced the next time around turn 1. While Quartararo got pushed back another place by Rins, Vinales demoted Zarco from second position and almost immediately showed his intentions to Bagnaia.

The wind seemed to aid Yamaha’s cause by taming the leading Ducati along the straight but Bagnaia kept calm and did not make any mistakes. Vinales showed his nose here and there and the pace and shenanigans at the front allowed Mir and Aleix Espargaro to close in on the group. Vinales looked extra keen to rub some red paint on his blue fairing and finally took the lead with a move at turn 10 with 8 laps to go and immediately pushed for a gap. While all eyes were on the battle for the lead, the Suzukis were making progress through the group, Rins threatening Zarco for a podium position and Mir finding a way past Miller for fifth with 7 laps left.

Vinales’s plan worked a treat and the Spaniard quickly stretched a half second gap, aided by Zarco’s move on Bagnaia into turn one with 6 laps remaining. The poleman did not get to retaliate because there were two Suzukis breathing down his neck and he lost over a second on the victory fight over the next lap. With five laps remaining, Zarco too struggled to keep up with Vinales and dropped one second back, while Bagnaia was trying to defend the final podium spot from the reigning world champion, Mir quickly gapping his teammate after overtaking him with 5 laps left. Mir made his move on the Italian with 3 laps to go and the other Ducati was not out of reach either, only half a second ahead.

While Vinales sailed to the checkered flag unperturbed, Zarco had a Suzuki sonata in his ears until the final lap, with Bagnaia waiting to pick up the crumbs. Mir eventually made his move on Zarco at turn 15 but went a little wide at the final turn and stood no chance against the two Ducatis on the finish straight, getting mugged by both Zarco and Bagnaia to the line. Almost two seconds later, Quartararo took fifth, ahead of Rins and a solid seventh for Aleix Espargaro. Brother Pol managed eighth place on his debut for Honda, while Miller faded all the way to ninth and Enea Bastianini claimed top rookie and joined the top ten ahead of the likes of Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi.

Taking the first victory of the season – particularly the way in which he did so – reaffirms Vinales as a title contender, but the Ducatis together with the reigning world champion will be confident in their ability to recover ground next week.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 42'28.663
2 5 Johann ZARCO Ducati +1.092
3 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati +1.129
4 36 Joan MIR Suzuki +1.222
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha +3.030
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +3.357
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +5.934
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Honda +5.990
9 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +7.058
10 23 Enea BASTIANINI Ducati +9.288
11 6 Stefan BRADL Honda +10.299
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +10.742
13 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +11.457
14 33 Brad BINDER KTM +14.100
15 89 Jorge MARTIN Ducati +16.422
16 10 Luca MARINI Ducati +20.916
17 27 Iker LECUONA KTM +21.026
18 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha +23.892
19 32 Lorenzo SAVADORI Aprilia +46.346
    Not Classified    
  73 Alex MARQUEZ Honda 9 Laps
  30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 16 Laps
    Not Finished 1st Lap    
  9 Danilo PETRUCCI KTM 0 Lap
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1
2021
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2021 Qatar Moto2 Race Result: Gone With The Wind

Act two of the season opener in Qatar saw the wind take on a leading role as night fell over Losail but it could not overshadow the stellar performances of the podium men. No one shone brighter under the floodlights than Sam Lowes, the British rider one step ahead throughout the whole weekend and two seconds ahead at the checkered flag, taking the first victory of the season in commanding fashion. Remy Gardner was his closest challenger but the Australian had to make do with the second step of the podium, while the final trophy went to Fabio Di Giannantonio. The Italian stole the limelight on the final lap, when a fine move on Marco Bezzecchi rewarded him with an emotional podium for the Gresini squad.

Bo Bendsneyder had briefly featured at the front as he made an excellent start off the line but it was Bezzecchi who edged ahead into the first corner, from the second row of the grid. Poleman Lowes also made quick work of Bendsneyder to go on a pursuit of his Italian rival. Front row starter Raul Fernandez kept in touch as well, while Jake Dixon quickly joined the top five, having started 10th on the grid following his penalty.

The start-finish straight wasn’t quite the free-for-all from Moto3 but Lowes found the inside of Bezzecchi into turn 1 at the beginning of lap 3 and immediately pushed to stretch a gap on the Italian. One lap later, the Marc VDS rider had a half second advantage and Raul Fernandez lent a helping hand by demoting Bezzecchi another position. The SKY Racing rider seemed to be struggling a little in the early stages, with Gardner and Dixon glued to his tail and Di Giannantonio, Bendsneyder, Joe Roberts and Jorge Navarro not too far back either.

Meanwhile, Lowes extended his gap to one second by lap five but a mistake promptly dragged him back into Fernandez’s reach so the British rider had to do it all over again. Half a second behind the leaders, Bezzecchi looked vulnerable but the battle between Gardner and Dixon behind him allowed him a bit more respite. Gardner eventually found an opportunity to knock the Italian out of podium positions on lap eight and pushed to bridge the half second gap to his teammate ahead. It didn’t take long for the swap to happen at turn 6 and Lowes found himself with a one second gap to defend from Gardner. The Australian had 11 laps left to work through that but he wasn’t making much progress in the next few laps, allowing the gap to grow by another half second. Raul Fernandez kept close to his teammate but not close enough to trouble him and Bezzecchi was keeping an eye on the rookie but did not seem able to bridge the one second gap just yet.

The action moved to the midfield for the next few laps, as gaps seemed to increase amongst the leaders. Lowes was untouchable at the front and Gardner was safely ahead of Fernandez, but the Spaniard was slowly coming under threat from a resurgent Bezzecchi, with Di Giannantonio not too far behind with five laps remaining. Bezzecchi made his move for the podium into turn 1 with 3 laps remaining and Di Giannantonio soon followed suit, quite keen on the podium himself.

Despite a track limits warning in the final couple of laps, Lowes safely took the checkered flag two seconds ahead of the opposition led by Gardner but all eyes were on the Italian battle for third on the final lap. Bezzecchi held onto it for a long time but Di Giannantonio pulled a beautiful move into turn 11 and just about held onto third across the line. While Bezzecchi was off the podium by only one hundredth of a second, Fernandez scored an impressive top five on his debut in the intermediate class. The rest of the top ten was full of solid performances from Roberts, Dixon, Marcel Schrotter, Bendsneyder and Navarro.

Lowes makes a perfect start to his championship bid but his main rivals kept close and will be looking to turn things around in Qatar on the following weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 40'03.123
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +2.260
3 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +5.228
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +5.241
5 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +6.145
6 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +6.786
7 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +8.721
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +10.911
9 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +12.493
10 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +16.800
11 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +17.147
12 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +17.289
13 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +17.527
14 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +17.540
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +17.816
16 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +18.211
17 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +19.143
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +19.220
19 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +25.806
20 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro +30.664
21 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +30.708
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +32.764
Not Classified
  35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1 Lap
  97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 6 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 11 Laps
  55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 11 Laps
  7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 14 Laps
  42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 0 Lap
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2021 Qatar Moto3 Race Result: We're Off To A Great Start

There’s no opening act quite like the chaos of the first Moto3 race of the season and the sunset in Qatar was a perfectly dramatic backdrop. With a leading group that never slimmed down to fewer than a dozen men, the one who would emerge victorious looked like a roll of the dice but in the end it was the most consistent challengers who climbed onto the first podium of the year. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team got the most cava to celebrate with, as Jaume Masia crossed the finish line half a tenth ahead of teammate Pedro Acosta. The rookie took his maiden podium on his debut in the class after a tough race that saw the lead change several times a lap. The KTM duo managed to avoid the dreaded slipstream on the finish straight and kept poleman Darryn Binder at bay until he joined them on the podium to pick up his third place trophy.

Binder had made an excellent start to lead off the line, while Gabriel Rodrigo launched himself from seventh on the grid to second into turn one, closely followed by Izan Guevara. Front row starter John McPhee kept close in fourth position despite losing some ground at the start, while Acosta and Masia were steady inside the top seven, the rookie making a particularly impressive start from 11th position.

It did not take long for the dreaded/much sought after slipstream on the start finish straight to spice things up and Binder found himself going from the lead all the way down to sixth by the end of the first lap, while Guevara lost 11 positions, provisionally leaving the top ten. Rodrigo got some time in the limelight for about half a lap but slipstream was king once again and Binder flew past at the start of the following lap to resume control on lap three. Copy paste for the next few laps, with slightly different participants, as the leading pack was still large and close together. However, the chaos on lap three saw rookie Xavier Artigas wipe out McPhee, Andrea Migno and Jeremy Alcoba at turn six, causing some early damage to championship aspirations.

That reduced the number of challengers at the front but Masia, Binder and Acosta continued to be the main characters in the lead of the sizeable pack. The likes of Rodrigo, Sergio Garcia, Kaito Toba, Ayumu Sasaki and Tatsuki Suzuki were also part of the rollercoaster, the last two men particularly impressive having joined the party from outside of the top 15 on the grid. At the halfway mark, 14 men were still standing amongst the podium contenders but every crossing of the finish line caused the timing screens to go crazy with swaps and changes amongst the group, dropping leaders to the bottom of the top ten while rivals were flying past a handful of their colleagues at a time.

Rookie Acosta got some serious time in the limelight as he was leading the way with 8 laps remaining, but it was a tricky position to maintain with the likes of Masia and Binder on his tail. The Spaniard lasted two laps at the front until the veteran sharks attacked and it allowed Sasaki to grab the lead with five laps remaining. The group hadn’t reduced too much in the closing stages, only down to 13 riders, but the rookies got feisty and Acosta was back in control with four laps left – as much control as one can have in a lightweight class race. Sasaki promptly demoted the rookie one lap later and in turn was pushed back by Masia on the penultimate lap but it was still anyone’s game as the race entered its final lap.

Niccolo Antonelli hit the front for the first time as the final lap got underway, while Sasaki abandoned the fight at turn two. That left the other two Red Bull KTM machines to bring the silverware home but being in the lead seemed like a risky strategy come the final turn. Masia and Acosta managed to stretch a bit of a gap from Binder throughout the lap but the South African pushed to be right back on their heels by the final corner. The trio arrived to the finish line together but Masia rode an impeccable last lap and grabbed the first victory of the season. Acosta held onto second position to make it a perfect day for Aki Ajo, while Binder secured the final podium spot.

Garcia took the checkered flag three tenths of a second later, ahead of Rodrigo and Antonelli, while the other fantastic rookie, Guevara, finished in seventh position on his debut. Suzuki, Toba and Jason Dupasquier rounded out the top ten, with a notable mention to Romano Fenati, who finished 11th after serving a double long lap penalty for jumping the start.

Masia ends the first outing in Qatar as the championship leader ahead of Acosta and Binder, while McPhee will look to make up for the day’s misfortune next weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 5 Jaume Masia KTM 38'29.620
2 37 Pedro Acosta KTM +0.042
3 40 Darryn Binder Honda +0.094
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +0.435
5 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +0.880
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.899
7 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +0.965
8 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +2.214
9 27 Kaito Toba KTM +1.950
10 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +2.219
11 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +2.316
12 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +2.298
13 12 Filip Salac Honda +2.345
14 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +2.434
15 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +14.768
16 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +14.834
17 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +22.187
18 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +22.277
19 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +28.282
20 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +41.283
21 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +44.976
Not Classified
  71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1 Lap
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda 11 Laps
  17 John Mcphee Honda 16 Laps
  16 Andrea Migno Honda 16 Laps
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 16 Laps
  54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 17 Laps
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  7 Dennis Foggia Honda 0 Lap
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2021 Qatar MotoGP Warm Up Result: Quartararo Against The Wind

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.147    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'55.285 0.138 0.138
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'55.333 0.186 0.048
4 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.600 0.453 0.267
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.612 0.465 0.012
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.789 0.642 0.177
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.813 0.666 0.024
8 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.827 0.680 0.014
9 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.845 0.698 0.018
10 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.857 0.710 0.012
11 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.946 0.799 0.089
12 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.950 0.803 0.004
13 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'56.001 0.854 0.051
14 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'56.006 0.859 0.005
15 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.067 0.920 0.061
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'56.224 1.077 0.157
17 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'56.297 1.150 0.073
18 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'56.312 1.165 0.015
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.326 1.179 0.014
20 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.645 1.498 0.319
21 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'56.811 1.664 0.166
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'57.558 2.411 0.747
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2021 Qatar Moto2 Warm Up Result: Roberts Rules, Lowes Falls

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 16 Joe ROBERTS Kalex 2'00.332    
2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI Kalex 2'00.391 0.059 0.059
3 87 Remy GARDNER Kalex 2'00.535 0.203 0.144
4 35 Somkiat CHANTRA Kalex 2'00.642 0.310 0.107
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Boscoscuro 2'00.644 0.312 0.002
6 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Kalex 2'00.676 0.344 0.032
7 6 Cameron BEAUBIER Kalex 2'00.692 0.360 0.016
8 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'00.705 0.373 0.013
9 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 2'00.727 0.395 0.022
10 25 Raul FERNANDEZ Kalex 2'00.810 0.478 0.083
11 96 Jake DIXON Kalex 2'00.867 0.535 0.057
12 12 Thomas LUTHI Kalex 2'00.979 0.647 0.112
13 14 Tony ARBOLINO Kalex 2'00.994 0.662 0.015
14 11 Nicolò BULEGA Kalex 2'01.021 0.689 0.027
15 79 Ai OGURA Kalex 2'01.091 0.759 0.070
16 44 Aron CANET Boscoscuro 2'01.131 0.799 0.040
17 62 Stefano MANZI Kalex 2'01.139 0.807 0.008
18 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 2'01.256 0.924 0.117
19 13 Celestino VIETTI Kalex 2'01.342 1.010 0.086
20 40 Hector GARZO Kalex 2'01.342 1.010  
21 22 Sam LOWES Kalex 2'01.441 1.109 0.099
22 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI MV Agusta 2'01.607 1.275 0.166
23 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Kalex 2'01.860 1.528 0.253
24 5 Yari MONTELLA Boscoscuro 2'01.917 1.585 0.057
25 75 Albert ARENAS Boscoscuro 2'02.178 1.846 0.261
26 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN NTS 2'02.362 2.030 0.184
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Kalex 2'02.390 2.058 0.028
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2021 Qatar Moto3 Warm Up Result: Binder Best In Breezy Losail

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 40 Darryn BINDER Honda 2'07.001    
2 16 Andrea MIGNO Honda 2'07.059 0.058 0.058
3 53 Deniz ÖNCÜ KTM 2'07.136 0.135 0.077
4 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 2'07.175 0.174 0.039
5 7 Dennis FOGGIA Honda 2'07.253 0.252 0.078
6 2 Gabriel RODRIGO Honda 2'07.470 0.469 0.217
7 17 John MCPHEE Honda 2'07.486 0.485 0.016
8 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI KTM 2'07.507 0.506 0.021
9 37 Pedro ACOSTA KTM 2'07.532 0.531 0.025
10 71 Ayumu SASAKI KTM 2'07.664 0.663 0.132
11 6 Ryusei YAMANAKA KTM 2'07.700 0.699 0.036
12 55 Romano FENATI Husqvarna 2'07.703 0.702 0.003
13 11 Sergio GARCIA GASGAS 2'07.755 0.754 0.052
14 12 Filip SALAC Honda 2'07.783 0.782 0.028
15 27 Kaito TOBA KTM 2'07.793 0.792 0.010
16 50 Jason DUPASQUIER KTM 2'07.803 0.802 0.010
17 43 Xavier ARTIGAS Honda 2'07.957 0.956 0.154
18 54 Riccardo ROSSI KTM 2'08.003 1.002 0.046
19 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 2'08.010 1.009 0.007
20 82 Stefano NEPA KTM 2'08.041 1.040 0.031
21 28 Izan GUEVARA GASGAS 2'08.129 1.128 0.088
22 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 2'08.300 1.299 0.171
23 20 Lorenzo FELLON Honda 2'08.360 1.359 0.060
24 92 Yuki KUNII Honda 2'08.450 1.449 0.090
25 52 Jeremy ALCOBA Honda 2'08.872 1.871 0.422
26 99 Carlos TATAY KTM 2'08.906 1.905 0.034
27 31 Adrian FERNANDEZ Husqvarna 2'08.940 1.939 0.034
28 19 Andi Farid IZDIHAR Honda 2'08.977 1.976 0.037
Round Number: 
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2021 Qatar MotoGP Qualifying Result: Red Sky At Night...

... Ducati’s delight. The first Tissot watch of the season was up for grabs in Qatar and there were many interested parties. After a feisty Ducati versus Yamaha battle, Pecco Bagnaia’s naked wrist will find some comfort in tonight’s press conference, when he is rewarded for his first pole position in the premier class. The Italian also achieved an all time lap record with the first and only 01:52 time around the Losail circuit. Fabio Quartararo led the way after the first run and although he had to admit defeat to Bagnaia, the Frechman starts his factory career on the front row of the grid, ahead of teammate Maverick Vinales.

Bagnaia’s lightning quick lap also helped mentor Valentino Rossi make a jump on the timing screens and the precious slipstream bumped him up to the front row briefly, before getting demoted by his former teammate. The Doctor opens the second row of the grid, where he is joined by Jack Miller and the brand new top speed record holder Johann Zarco. With Franco Morbidelli qualifying seventh, all four Yamahas will be starting from the first three rows of the grid, surrounded by Ducatis. Aleix Espargaro made Aprilia the next best manufacturer with his eighth place, while Alex Rins closes the third row of the grid for Suzuki.

World champion Joan Mir passed the challenge of Q1 but wasn’t as fortunate in Q2, where the best he could do with one less set of soft tyres was tenth place. Fellow Q1 escapee Takaaki Nakagami joins him on row four, while Pol Espargaro in 12th grid position leaves the Hondas at the bottom of the Q2 pile. One of the highlights of Q1 was the elite rookie cohort, with Enea Bastianini missing out on Q2 by only five thousandths of a second and Jorge Martin crashing out while on course to set the session’s top time. The two rookies will open the fifth row of the grid, where they will be joined by Miguel Oliveira.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'52.772    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'53.038 0.266 0.266
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.088 0.316 0.050
4 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'53.114 0.342 0.026
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.215 0.443 0.101
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'53.286 0.514 0.071
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'53.313 0.541 0.027
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'53.315 0.543 0.002
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'53.490 0.718 0.175
10 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.682 0.910 0.192
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'53.721 0.949 0.039
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'53.930 1.158 0.209
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Q2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'53.577    
Q2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'53.728 0.151 0.151
13 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'53.733 0.156 0.005
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'53.840 0.263 0.107
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'53.915 0.338 0.075
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'53.958 0.381 0.043
17 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'53.995 0.418 0.037
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.122 0.545 0.127
19 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.240 0.663 0.118
20 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'54.443 0.866 0.203
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'54.627 1.050 0.184
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'55.183 1.606 0.556
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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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