MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Portimao Moto2 FP2 Result: Roberts Rules The Roost

Despite pretty scary dark clouds over the circuit, the intermediate class avoided any rain and got plenty of opportunities to decide the provisional top 14 in case Saturday morning has different plans weather-wise. FP1 leader Joe Roberts set camp at the top of the FP2 timesheets in the final quarter of the session, with an advantage of over three tenths of a second, and his closest challenger was perhaps unsurprisingly rookie Raul Fernandez. Aron Canet also impressed in the top three despite a late crash at turn five, while the familiar names of Remy Gardner and Marco Bezzecchi rounded out the top five.

Hector Garzo managed to go two hundredths of a second quicker than championship leader Sam Lowes, while Moto3 champion Albert Arenas seemed to enjoy the return to Europe as he climbed into eighth place. Marcel Schrotter continued his progression and together with Xavi Vierge completed the top 10 positions. The remaining top 14 spots were secured by Jake Dixon, impressive rookie Yari Montella, Augusto Fernandez and Somkiat Chantra, leaving the likes of Tom Luthi or Jorge Navarro outside of the provisional Q2 spots.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.144    
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'43.461 0.317 0.317
3 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'43.752 0.608 0.291
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.761 0.617 0.009
5 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'43.809 0.665 0.048
6 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'43.832 0.688 0.023
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'43.855 0.711 0.023
8 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'43.866 0.722 0.011
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'43.894 0.750 0.028
10 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.001 0.857 0.107
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'44.046 0.902 0.045
12 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'44.102 0.958 0.056
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'44.187 1.043 0.085
14 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'44.381 1.237 0.194
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'44.418 1.274 0.037
16 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.429 1.285 0.011
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.446 1.302 0.017
18 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.447 1.303 0.001
19 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.453 1.309 0.006
20 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.491 1.347 0.038
21 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'44.545 1.401 0.054
22 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.564 1.420 0.019
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'44.834 1.690 0.270
24 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'44.917 1.773 0.083
25 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'44.943 1.799 0.026
26 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'44.985 1.841 0.042
27 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.053 1.909 0.068
28 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'45.230 2.086 0.177
29 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'46.616 3.472 1.386
30 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'47.841 4.697 1.225
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP2 Result: Bagnaia Bags Top Spot

Although drops of rain fell right before the start of the premier class session, riders left pitlane with a glimpse of sunshine and a backdrop of dark grey clouds. Luckily for everyone, the rain failed to materialise, but riders took no chances and quickly improved FP1 times in the chase for provisional top ten positions. Many of the usual contenders put their name at the top of the timing screens at some point throughout the session but Ducati power reigned once again and Pecco Bagnaia beat the competition by three tenths of a second. Fabio Quartararo was his closest challenger in the end, while the Suzukis impressed by joining the top four in the final time attack, Joan Mir four hundredths of a second faster than teammate Alex Rins.

Jack Miller forgot all about his recent surgery and climbed into the top five and again found himself in the right place at the right time to give colleague Johann Zarco a ride to pitlane once his machine started smoking in the practice start area. Marc Marquez predictably grabbed some serious screen time, the Honda man steadily climbing up the timesheets but having a pretty bumpy final run. He had to rely on the final flying lap to break into the top ten and gave his knee, elbow and shoulder a good rodeo style workout on his way to sixth position - but after 265 days off the bike he will happy enough to be less than half a second off top spot.

Maverick Vinales finished within a tenth of his compatriot and even less ahead of Zarco. Home favourite Miguel Oliveira put his name in the limelight as well but eventually dropped to ninth place, making it five manufacturers in the top ten. Takaaki Nakagami had a bittersweet afternoon, the LCR man suffering a pretty big crash into turn 1 and worryingly walked away holding his arm. After being cleared to rejoin by the medical centre, he took part in the late time attack while in obvious pain and managed to join the provisional combined top 10, demoting his teammate by a tenth of a second. Aleix Espargaro looked like he could have completed the manufacturers' full line-up in the top 10 with his Aprilia but a late crash at turn 11 dropped him to 14th position.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'39.866    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'40.206 0.340 0.340
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'40.285 0.419 0.079
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'40.328 0.462 0.043
5 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'40.336 0.470 0.008
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'40.339 0.473 0.003
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'40.426 0.560 0.087
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'40.490 0.624 0.064
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'40.592 0.726 0.102
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'40.611 0.745 0.019
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'40.732 0.866 0.121
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'40.743 0.877 0.011
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'40.761 0.895 0.018
14 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'40.907 1.041 0.146
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'41.125 1.259 0.218
16 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'41.140 1.274 0.015
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'41.183 1.317 0.043
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'41.187 1.321 0.004
19 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'41.216 1.350 0.029
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'41.836 1.970 0.620
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'42.461 2.595 0.625
22 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'42.921 3.055 0.460
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2021 Portimao Moto3 FP2 Result: Rodrigo Rushes To The Top Before Rain Comes

The second outing for the lightweight class in Portimao started on a fully dry track and in nice warm conditions but with the threat of rain just around the corner. Riders went immediately quicker than in FP1 in the much improved conditions and Jaume Masia, who sat out the morning session, headed straight to the top of the timesheets together with teammate Pedro Acosta. The familiar sight lasted until halfway through the session, when Andrea Migno took over at the front and rain flags promptly came out. That did not seem to slow riders too much and prompted a little time attack that saw Gabriel Rodrigo taking control at the top of the timing screens soon after. The Argentine rider went unchallenged because more serious rain returned for the final five minutes and the checkered flag waved to a deserted track.

Migno settled for second, almost half a second slower than the leader, with Masia in third, another two hundredths back. Sergio Garcia and Romano Fenati joined the top five positions, while rookie Acosta dropped to sixth. Tatsuki Suzuki, Jason Dupasquier, Dennis Foggia and Niccolo Antonelli rounded out the top ten, covered by little over one second. Darryn Binder missed out by five hundredths of a second, while teammate John McPhee finished 14th after an early and harmless tumble at turn 4.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'49.538    
2 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'50.014 0.476 0.476
3 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'50.042 0.504 0.028
4 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'50.161 0.623 0.119
5 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'50.270 0.732 0.109
6 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'50.309 0.771 0.039
7 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'50.423 0.885 0.114
8 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'50.510 0.972 0.087
9 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'50.616 1.078 0.106
10 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'50.641 1.103 0.025
11 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'50.691 1.153 0.050
12 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'50.707 1.169 0.016
13 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'50.775 1.237 0.068
14 17 John McPhee Honda 1'50.859 1.321 0.084
15 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'50.888 1.350 0.029
16 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'50.960 1.422 0.072
17 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'50.996 1.458 0.036
18 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'51.126 1.588 0.130
19 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'51.144 1.606 0.018
20 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'51.272 1.734 0.128
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'51.507 1.969 0.235
22 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'51.523 1.985 0.016
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'51.669 2.131 0.146
24 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'51.744 2.206 0.075
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'51.930 2.392 0.186
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'52.063 2.525 0.133
27 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'52.172 2.634 0.109
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'52.294 2.756 0.122
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2021 Portimao Moto2 FP1 Result: Roberts Robs Gardner

The hint of sun in Portimao left the track almost dry as the intermediate class took their turn in FP1, although dark clouds were waiting the background. Riders made good use out of the improved conditions and it was Joe Roberts who scored top spot in the final couple of minutes of the session, the American half a tenth faster than Remy Gardner. The Australian was followed by stellar teammate Raul Fernandez, both of them briefly holding onto the top of the timesheets until Roberts climbed ahead.

Marcel Schrotter made a fast start in fourth position, as did Aron Canet, only eight thousandths of a second behind. Sam Lowes was the early leader of the session and got demoted to sixth place late on, four tenths slower than Roberts. Jorge Navarro, Stefano Manzi, Nicolo Bulega and rookie Cameron Beaubier rounded out the top ten positions, while Hector Garzo and Marco Bezzecchi also posted times within a second of the leader. Marcos Ramirez in 13th position was only a little bit slower on his comeback from the injury suffered in Qatar.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'43.905    
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'43.946 0.041 0.041
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'44.049 0.144 0.103
4 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'44.275 0.370 0.226
5 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'44.283 0.378 0.008
6 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'44.304 0.399 0.021
7 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'44.526 0.621 0.222
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'44.601 0.696 0.075
9 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'44.707 0.802 0.106
10 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'44.714 0.809 0.007
11 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'44.780 0.875 0.066
12 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'44.884 0.979 0.104
13 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'44.923 1.018 0.039
14 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'44.965 1.060 0.042
15 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'44.998 1.093 0.033
16 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'45.029 1.124 0.031
17 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'45.030 1.125 0.001
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'45.198 1.293 0.168
19 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'45.276 1.371 0.078
20 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'45.358 1.453 0.082
21 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'45.366 1.461 0.008
22 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'45.386 1.481 0.020
23 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'45.542 1.637 0.156
24 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'45.569 1.664 0.027
25 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'45.723 1.818 0.154
26 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'45.824 1.919 0.101
27 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'45.892 1.987 0.068
28 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'46.373 2.468 0.481
29 77 Miquel Pons MV Agusta 1'47.732 3.827 1.359
30 89 Fraser Rogers NTS 1'48.801 4.896 1.069
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2021 Portimao MotoGP FP1 Result: Vinales Fights For Some Screen Time

The MotoGP circus was back on the scene of the 2020 season finale and it was once again a momentous occasion, as highlighted by the small mob in front of the Repsol Honda garage as the lights turned green at the end of pitlane. Marc Marquez did not leave us waiting for long and quickly joined a track scattered with damp patches and took it uncharacteristically easy while his rivals somewhat begrudgingly watched him get all the attention as he tiptoed through puddles. Once the initial excitement wore off, it was Yamaha and Ducati’s turn to battle it out for top spot. Maverick Vinales and Pecco Bagnaia were the key players, and it was the Spaniard who eventually secured the headlines.

Although the two factories kept the top spots busy early on, Suzuki's Alex Rins climbed into second position right before the checkered flag waved, a tenth of a second behind Vinales. Marc Marquez rejoined the action for the final ten minutes and made his presence felt, briefly holding top spot before getting pushed back to a solid third place. Although times were quite a bit off the pace given the mixed conditions, Honda seemed to have put the troubles of Qatar behind them and had more of a presence inside the top 10, with Pol Espargaro only four thousandths of a second slower than his teammate.

Johann Zarco joined the top five, while Baganaia dropped to sixth after leading the way for much of the session. Fabio Quartararo and Jack Miller both saw their names at the top for short stints before getting demoted to seventh and eighth spots, while Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten. Valentino Rossi, Takaaki Nakagami and world champion Joan Mir also finished within a second of the leader.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'42.127    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'42.278 0.151 0.151
3 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'42.378 0.251 0.100
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'42.382 0.255 0.004
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'42.443 0.316 0.061
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'42.464 0.337 0.021
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'42.528 0.401 0.064
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'42.536 0.409 0.008
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'42.781 0.654 0.245
10 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'42.957 0.830 0.176
11 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'43.013 0.886 0.056
12 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'43.036 0.909 0.023
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'43.060 0.933 0.024
14 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'43.243 1.116 0.183
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'43.539 1.412 0.296
16 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'43.702 1.575 0.163
17 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'44.000 1.873 0.298
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'44.602 2.475 0.602
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'44.967 2.840 0.365
20 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'45.325 3.198 0.358
21 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'45.335 3.208 0.010
22 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'47.774 5.647 2.439
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2021 Portimao Moto3 FP1 Result: Oncu Tops Damp Session

The lightweight class got a wet welcome in Portimao, with damp patches very slowly drying throughout the session, until the track saw some more action in the final ten minutes. Few young men ventured out to begin with, but one of those men was Deniz Oncu, the KTM rider reclaiming the lead at the checkered flag after doing the most running in the session. Filip Salac came within half a tenth of the lead, with John McPhee third and over four tenths of a second down.

Andi Farid Izdihar and Darryn Binder completed the top five as the final riders to post a time within a second of the leader in the mixed conditions. Romano Fenati was another of the few riders who gave us something to look at in the early part of the session, before dropping to sixth on the timesheets, while compatriot Andrea Migno, Sergio Garcia, Tatsuki Suzuki and Yuki Kunii completed the top ten positions.

The likes of Jamue Masia and Gabriel Rodrigo were not tempted by the tricky conditions and did not set a time in FP1.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'56.978    
2 12 Filip Salac Honda 1'57.025 0.047 0.047
3 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'57.440 0.462 0.415
4 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'57.579 0.601 0.139
5 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'57.676 0.698 0.097
6 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'58.282 1.304 0.606
7 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'58.450 1.472 0.168
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'58.477 1.499 0.027
9 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'58.629 1.651 0.152
10 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'58.737 1.759 0.108
11 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'58.945 1.967 0.208
12 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'59.034 2.056 0.089
13 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 1'59.071 2.093 0.037
14 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 1'59.190 2.212 0.119
15 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'59.369 2.391 0.179
16 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 1'59.562 2.584 0.193
17 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'00.251 3.273 0.689
18 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'01.049 4.071 0.798
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'01.229 4.251 0.180
20 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'02.233 5.255 1.004
21 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'02.493 5.515 0.260
22 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'02.642 5.664 0.149
  82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'06.432 9.454 3.790
  6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'07.024 10.046 0.592
  20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'07.360 10.382 0.336
  2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda      
  5 Jaume Masia KTM      
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda      
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2021 Doha MotoGP Race Result: Close Encounters Of The Moto3 Kind

After two excellent opening acts at Losail, the premier class had to rise to the challenge and rose they did, with the closest top 15 in history at the end of 22 Moto3-like laps. Fabio Quartararo completed a perfect double for Yamaha with one of his best races yet, featuring a strong comeback after a troubled start and a determined battle against a pretty feisty field. The Frenchman was joined by compatriot Johann Zarco up on the podium, the Pramac man settling for second but picking up his 50th podium in Grand Prix racing and the championship lead heading back to Europe. Poleman Jorge Martin held onto the lead admirably until the final few laps but still scored an impressive first podium in the premier class on only his second race.

After his stunning start last Sunday, Martin was once again unbeatable off the line and arrived into turn one ahead of teammate Zarco and a fast starting Aleix Espargaro, the Spaniard going from seventh on the grid to third by turn three. Miguel Oliveira put KTM in the limelight for a bit, after he nailed the start from 12th on the grid to trail the three leaders, followed the two Suzukis, while the factory Yamahas had work to do after they dropped to 7th and 9th, sandwiching Jack Miller on the outskirts of the top ten, with Bagnaia a couple of places behind. Unhappy with that outcome, the Yamahas and Ducatis rubbed elbows but made little to no progress early on.

Back at the front, Martin kept his teammate a couple of tenths behind and the Frenchman was getting harassed by Aleix Espargaro and Alex Rins. While the Suzuki easily got past the Aprilia on lap three, Zarco was a more difficult proposition as his Ducati flew past every time they reached turn 1 – copy paste for the next few laps. Behind them, Espargaro was slowly starting to fade and Oliveira was still figuring out the medium front tyre, holding back the rest of the contenders. By the time Mir got past Oliveira on lap four, he had about eight tenths to recover on the three leaders. After the excellent start, Oliveira quickly dropped behind all four factory Ducatis and Yamahas by lap eight. Just like Rins had no answer to Zarco on the straight, Mir had to surrender fifth position to Bagnaia on lap 8 and had Miller waiting to pounce as well. Quartararo and Vinales were the fastest men on track at that point and although they struggled to progress from the bottom of the top ten, they were still only two seconds off the lead.

Meanwhile, Martin was untroubled at the front, aided by the numerous exchanges between Rins and Zarco. Bagnaia took longer than expected to make it past Espargaro, only jumping ahead at turn 16 of lap 10, when Miller also took advantage and flew past Mir and Espargaro into turn 1.

Halfway through the race, the nine-man lead group was covered by only 1.8 seconds and it was still anyone’s game – although it almost wasn’t Rins’ game, as he had to save a pretty big moment at turn 9 with 11 laps left. The unsettled Spaniard had to then see Bagnaia fly past at turn 1 and almost ran into the back of the Italian a couple laps later. Meanwhile, an unusually feisty Mir put a move on Miller and the Australian responded in similar fashion, the tangle out of the final turn pushing both of them to the back of the leading group. That handed Quartararo a helping hand and the Frenchman was soon attacking Rins for fourth with 8 laps remaining. The scrappy couple of laps for the leaders allowed a group including Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini to steadily close up on the leading group.

Quartararo seemed like a man on a mission for the final half dozen laps but that mission was finding a way past three rocketship Ducatis. Bagnaia proved to be an easy task as the Italian went wide at turn 1 but Quartararo did not get much of a breather as Miller quickly caught up with him. Vinales was also starting to make some solid progress and joined the top 5 with 5 laps remaining.

Martin was finally shown a front wheel at turn 15 but the rookie easily struck back at turn 1 with four laps remaining and Quartararo had to quickly find a solution for the start-finish straight conundrum. The secret ended up being an overtake at turn four and unmatched pace to stretch a gap at the front. Martin was finally showing some weakness and allowed Quartararo a half second gap with 3 laps remaining. Vinales hoped to follow his teammate’s example but Zarco was not too keen to hand over a podium spot. Rins was the only other rider holding onto the leaders, while Bagnaia and Miller struggled to keep in podium contention in the closing stages and Mir was still trying to get past Aleix Espargaro for 8th spot.

Quartararo entered the final lap seven tenths ahead of the two Ducatis and it looked like a secure enough gap, leaving the Pramac boys to decide the rest of the podium positions. Zarco pulled a move on Martin at turn 15 and just about held it to the finish line, crossing it four hundredths of a second ahead of his teammate. Vinales got defeated by the Suzuki at turn 1 on the final lap and Rins eventually secured fourth by two hundredths of a second from Vinales, with Bagnaia 6th and Mir 7th. Binder caught up with the leading group late in the race to score an impressive 8th place, while Miller and Aleix Espargaro settled for the final top 10 positions.

A consistent couple of races for Zarco hands him the world championship lead after the first two rounds, four points ahead of compatriot Quartararo and his teammate Vinales, who are tied on points. Bagnaia drops to fourth in the standings, 14 points down and closely followed by Rins and Mir.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 42'23.997
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +1.457
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati +1.500
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +2.088
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +2.110
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +2.642
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +4.868
8 33 Brad Binder KTM +4.979
9 43 Jack Miller Ducati +5.365
10 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia +5.382
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +5.550
12 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +5.787
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +6.063
14 6 Stefan Bradl Honda +6.453
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM +8.928
16 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +14.246
17 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +16.241
18 10 Luca Marini Ducati +16.472
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +16.779
20 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +38.775
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  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 10 Laps
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2021 Doha Moto2 Race Result: Close, Closer, Closest

Moto3 was a really tough act to follow but the intermediate class acquitted themselves honourably with a tense chase at the end of which Sam Lowes made the double in Qatar. The Elf Marc VDS rider leaves Losail with a perfect scoreboard but the second race told a different story to the first, Remy Gardner pushing Lowes right up to the finish line, when he admitted defeat and settled for second. There were still plenty of reasons to celebrate for the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad, as Gardner was joined on the podium by rookie teammate Raul Fernandez, who scored his first podium on only his second race in the class.

Gardner had made good start off the line but fellow front row starter Marco Bezzecchi made an even better one and grabbed the lead into turn one, with poleman Lowes on his tail, followed by Gardner and Fernandez. The top four men had already stretched a one second gap by the end of lap two, while Aron Canet was leading a sizeable chasing pack including the likes of Joe Roberts, Ai Ogura and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Lowes made what proved to be his decisive move for the lead going into turn one as lap four got underway, while rookie Fernandez and teammate Gardner were eager to find a way past Bezzecchi as well and stop Lowes from escaping at the front. Gardner made a bit of a risky move on his teammate to pick up the task of reeling in the leaders and through the divine power of slipstream, both Red Bull KTMs slipped past Bezzecchi on lap six. Lowes’ gap never got over the half second mark and Gardner quickly brought it back to barely anything. Over two seconds behind the four leading men, Roberts and rookie Ogura were battling for fifth position until the American crashed out at the end of lap 7 and the distraction dropped Ogura to 7th spot, behind Di Giannantonio and Canet.

Lowes held onto the lead past the halfway mark of the race but the British rider did not look quite as strong as last Sunday and could not shake off his rivals. Bezzecchi soon started to very slowly fade, dropping half a second behind the podium positions but with no challenge from behind, where ten riders still had (more or less realistic) hopes for fifth place. Manzi, Ogura and Di Giannantonio seemed like the favourites, while two of the contenders, Marcel Schrotter and Jake Dixon, dropped out of the race with 7 laps remaining after an incident at turn 14 and Canet left of his own accord two laps later at turn 16.

Lowes’ gap rarely got over half a second but the KTMs were not making any moves behind him, Fernandez eventually losing ground on the men ahead for the final three laps. Lowes then went on to post the fastest lap of the race and Gardner pushed to beat it on the very next lap, the duo starting the final lap separated by two tenths of a second. Gardner hounded his rival but Lowes left no gaps open and took the win, while setting the fastest lap on the very last lap of the race. Fernandez crossed the finish line three seconds later, while Bezzecchi had a very lonely ride to fourth. Ogura managed to win the battle for fifth, ahead of Augusto Fernandez, Celestino Vietti and Stefano Manzi, while Xavi Vierge and Di Giannantonio rounded out the top ten.

Lowes’ double in Qatar puts him firmly in charge of the world championship standings, 10 points ahead of Gardner and 23 ahead of Fernandez, with Bezzecchi another point back.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 39'52.702
2 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +0.190
3 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +3.371
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +6.789
5 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +16.640
6 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +16.887
7 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +17.254
8 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +17.283
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +17.515
10 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +18.167
11 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +18.180
12 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +20.696
13 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +22.016
14 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +22.043
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +26.266
16 40 Hector Garzo Kalex +28.539
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +29.310
18 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro +33.150
19 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +39.838
20 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +44.961
21 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +56.123
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  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 6 Laps
  96 Jake Dixon Kalex 8 Laps
  23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 8 Laps
  12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 8 Laps
  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 12 Laps
  10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 12 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 14 Laps
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2021 Doha Moto3 Race Result: Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Twilight in Doha was a pretty backdrop for a pretty magical Moto3 show and it also went to prove that any penalties race direction throw at the lightweight class, it ultimately means nothing if your name is Pedro Acosta. The brilliant rookie put on a show that will be hard to beat as he made his way from a pitlane start to the top of the podium in only his second race in the world championship. Acosta superbly defended his maiden victory from Darryn Binder, who makes it back to back podiums in Qatar, while Niccolo Antonelli makes a well-deserved and long awaited return to the podium in third place.

18 crazy laps before that, it was Gabriel Rodrigo who stole the show at the start of the race, to lead into turn one from Tatsuki Suzuki, Binder and poleman Jaume Masia. The Argentine rider only held onto the lead for mere meters because Binder flew past, while teammate John McPhee had dropped down to 14th by the end of lap one. The dreaded slipstream along the start-finish straight once again saw all the action at the front, with several riders trading places over the next few laps and seeing the likes of Kaito Toba, Binder, Filip Salac, Suzuki and Rodrigo all holding the lead for short bursts by lap five. In preparation for his upcoming double long lap penalty, rookie Xavier Artigas swiftly joined the top four, having started 16th on the grid and dropped to the back of the leading pack in 21st spot after serving the penalty. Meanwhile, the pitlane start group led by Acosta had over seven seconds to recover on Artigas ahead. Acosta, together with Sergio Garcia, Stefano Nepa and Romano Fenati managed not to push each other’s buttons for long enough to drop that gap to four seconds by lap 6.

Back at the front, the same familiar names were battling for the lead, Andrea Migno adding to the growing list of frontrunners on lap 7 and the frequent exchanges at the front allowed the chasers to get closer to the 19-man lead group. Binder reclaimed the lead at the start of lap 9, ahead of Salac, Rodrigo, Migno, Toba, Masia and McPhee, who finally broke into the top ten.

Salac started the second half of the race at the front of the pack but on every new lap riders magically found room to go seven or eight abreast into turn 1 and that inevitably saw a few of them lose the turn 1 roulette and getting pushed wide to the back of the group, having to work their way back through. All that messiness helped the pursuing pack and it was almost surprising that it took until 7 laps to go for someone to bite the dust, Artigas getting nudged out at turn six. Salac was next to drop off one lap later, while Toba and Migno traded places at the front and the pitlane boys had joined the fun at the back of the group and were claiming minor points already.

McPhee picked up the lead with four laps remaining but did not last long there, as he got wiped out once again by Jeremy Alcoba’s accident. Masia saw an opportunity to claim the lead and try to get away from the risky shenanigans in the group, but the Spaniard only gained about three tenths of a second’s gap before the group arrived at turn 1 and Rodrigo demoted him once more. Meanwhile, Acosta was making quick progress through the group and pushed back Binder to join the top three. The pitlane starter found himself starting the final lap at the front of the pack and being hunted down by Binder, Migno, Masia, Rodrigo and big bunch of other riders.

The rookie pushed even harder and stretched just enough of a gap over the final lap to almost miraculously hold onto victory by three hundredths of a second from a charging Binder. Niccolo Antonelli grabbed the final podium spot from compatriot Migno, while Toba completed the top five. Despite a heavy crash in warm up, rookie Izan Guevara did great to secure sixth place ahead of Ayumu Sasaki and Ryusei Yamanaka. Things got chaotic for Masia on the final lap, when contact with Rodrigo at turn 10 left the Spaniard ninth, with Fenati completing the top ten and Rodrigo dropping to 13th position. Acosta returns to Europe as world championship leader nine points ahead of Binder, while Masia drops to third, 13 points down on his teammate.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 38'22.430
2 40 Darryn Binder Honda +0.039
3 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM +0.482
4 16 Andrea Migno Honda +0.514
5 27 Kaito Toba KTM +0.651
6 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +0.708
7 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +1.805
8 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +1.857
9 5 Jaume Masia KTM +1.875
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +1.967
11 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM +1.994
12 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +2.234
13 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +2.235
14 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +2.249
15 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +2.260
16 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +5.359
17 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +11.052
18 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +11.085
19 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +15.996
20 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +17.130
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM +18.480
22 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda +25.872
23 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +41.914
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  17 John Mcphee Honda 4 Laps
  52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 4 Laps
  31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 4 Laps
  12 Filip Salac Honda 6 Laps
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda 7 Laps
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2021 Doha MotoGP Warm Up Result: Zarco Leads The Way


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'54.482    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'54.576 0.094 0.094
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.675 0.193 0.099
4 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'54.860 0.378 0.185
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'54.954 0.472 0.094
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'54.962 0.480 0.008
7 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.978 0.496 0.016
8 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'55.019 0.537 0.041
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'55.081 0.599 0.062
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.085 0.603 0.004
11 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.172 0.690 0.087
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.176 0.694 0.004
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.197 0.715 0.021
14 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.217 0.735 0.020
15 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.220 0.738 0.003
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.237 0.755 0.017
17 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.285 0.803 0.048
18 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.291 0.809 0.006
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.393 0.911 0.102
20 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.560 1.078 0.167
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.093 1.611 0.533
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.509 2.027 0.416
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