MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Doha MotoGP FP3 Result: Quartararo Fastest In Dusty Doha

The premier class started their third practice session in such poor visibility due to dust being blown around the track that even the bright orange KTM machines were difficult to recognise at times. Understandably, not many riders were tempted to join the action from the very beginning (or at all) but Fabio Quartararo started and ended the session at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman’s final flying lap put him nearly three tenths of a second ahead of Alex Rins but was almost three seconds slower than the benchmark set on Friday. Rins was closely followed by teammate Mir, who put in a solid run on used soft tyres but the world champion will be taking another trip through Q1 later on.

Danilo Petrucci joined the action late, for a handful of laps, and one of those pushed him up to fourth, ahead of Maverick Vinales, but only the Spaniard had secured a Q2 position. Franco Morbidelli in sixth spot will be joining his colleague in Q2, unlike the rest of the top ten positions in FP3, occupied by Enea Bastianini, Alex Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro. Although Pecco Bagnaia, Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaro were in no rush to climb up the timesheets in the afternoon session, the trio were safely inside the combined top ten. The Ducati trio of Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin and the fastest man over the three sessions, Jack Miller, decided there was nothing to learn in these conditions and did not join the action at any point.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'56.064    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'56.347 0.283 0.283
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'56.450 0.386 0.103
4 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'56.614 0.550 0.164
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'56.647 0.583 0.033
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'56.660 0.596 0.013
7 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'56.668 0.604 0.008
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'56.701 0.637 0.033
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'56.718 0.654 0.017
10 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'56.789 0.725 0.071
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'56.855 0.791 0.066
12 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'56.933 0.869 0.078
13 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.981 0.917 0.048
14 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'57.335 1.271 0.354
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'57.378 1.314 0.043
16 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'57.450 1.386 0.072
17 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'58.633 2.569 1.183
18 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'03.348 7.284 4.715
  5 Johann Zarco Ducati      
  10 Luca Marini Ducati      
  43 Jack Miller Ducati      
  89 Jorge Martin Ducati      
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto2 FP3 Result: Lowes Leaps Ahead

There wasn’t much to learn from the third practice session at Losail, given the pretty hot, notably windy and increasingly dusty track surface. That was not encouraging any changes to the combined top 14 classification and riders fought off the wind and sand to at least claim the headlines. After a quiet but steady start to his weekend, Sam Lowes showed up to the party in the final couple of minutes of FP3 and took the checkered flag as the fastest man on track. Marco Bezzecchi promptly joined him at the top, a tenth of a second behind the British rider and another tenth ahead of early session leader Remy Gardner.

Aron Canet and Tony Arbolino joined the top five, although only the Spaniard had secured a Q2 worthy position on Friday. Rapid rookie Cameron Beaubier had another solid session towards the top end of the classification and the American will be heading straight to Q2 later today, unlike Xavi Vierge behind him in seventh position.

Fabio Di Giannantonio finished eighth, after providing some decent slow motion shots throughout the session, with Jake Dixon and Marcel Schrotter rounding out the top ten. While Dixon will get some extra track time in Q1, Raul Fernandez remained the fastest man over the three practice sessions despite being only 23rd in FP3. The likes of Joe Roberts, Augusto Fernandez, Stefano Manzi, Ai Ogura, Celestino Vietti and Nicolo Bulega will join the Spaniard directly into the second qualifying session.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 2'00.878    
2 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 2'01.021 0.143 0.143
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 2'01.127 0.249 0.106
4 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 2'01.154 0.276 0.027
5 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 2'01.186 0.308 0.032
6 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 2'01.201 0.323 0.015
7 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 2'01.349 0.471 0.148
8 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2'01.384 0.506 0.035
9 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 2'01.439 0.561 0.055
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 2'01.528 0.650 0.089
11 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 2'01.667 0.789 0.139
12 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 2'01.674 0.796 0.007
13 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'01.692 0.814 0.018
14 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 2'01.724 0.846 0.032
15 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'01.921 1.043 0.197
16 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 2'01.973 1.095 0.052
17 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'02.074 1.196 0.101
18 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 2'02.086 1.208 0.012
19 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 2'02.102 1.224 0.016
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 2'02.195 1.317 0.093
21 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 2'02.363 1.485 0.168
22 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'02.414 1.536 0.051
23 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 2'02.547 1.669 0.133
24 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 2'02.577 1.699 0.030
25 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 2'02.652 1.774 0.075
26 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 2'02.799 1.921 0.147
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'03.197 2.319 0.398
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'04.514 3.636 1.317
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 FP3 Result: Dupasquier Tops Windy Session

There were no miracles in store for any riders hoping to join the combined top 14 of the lightweight class on Saturday afternoon. Although the temperatures were quite a bit cooler than FP1, conditions got notably windier and dustier throughout the session and the fastest times were nearly two seconds off what was needed for Q2. So although Jason Dupasquier put his name at the top of the timesheets towards the end of FP3, the Swiss rider will join the Q1 lineup later today, together with the second fastest man of the afternoon, Dennis Foggia.

John McPhee and Izan Guevara were three tenths off top spot but both riders had secured their top 14 positions on Friday, while Xavier Artigas joined out the top five of the session but not the combined top 14. Niccolo Antonelli, Darryn Binder and Sergio Garcia were over half a second slower than the leader but will also be heading straight to Q2, unlike Andrea Migno in ninth place.

Pedro Acosta completed the top ten ahead of teammate Jaume Masia and although both riders secured Q2 spots, the rookie was one of a handful of names sanctioned with a pit lane start for riding slowly and causing a disturbance in FP2. Although lower down the timesheets in FP3, Stefano Nepa, Ryusei Yamanaka, Tatsuki Suzuki, Gabriel Rodrigo, Kaito Toba, Jeremy Alcoba and Romano Fenati were safely inside the combined top 14positions.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'07.244    
2 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'07.407 0.163 0.163
3 17 John McPhee Honda 2'07.557 0.313 0.150
4 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'07.625 0.381 0.068
5 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'07.722 0.478 0.097
6 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'07.788 0.544 0.066
7 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'07.814 0.570 0.026
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'07.873 0.629 0.059
9 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'07.907 0.663 0.034
10 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'08.055 0.811 0.148
11 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'08.234 0.990 0.179
12 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'08.235 0.991 0.001
13 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'08.252 1.008 0.017
14 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'08.313 1.069 0.061
15 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'08.424 1.180 0.111
16 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'08.447 1.203 0.023
17 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'08.463 1.219 0.016
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'08.492 1.248 0.029
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'08.522 1.278 0.030
20 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'08.547 1.303 0.025
21 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'08.635 1.391 0.088
22 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'08.689 1.445 0.054
23 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'08.693 1.449 0.004
24 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'08.721 1.477 0.028
25 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'09.018 1.774 0.297
26 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'09.211 1.967 0.193
27 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'09.539 2.295 0.328
28 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'10.266 3.022 0.727
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha MotoGP FP2 Result: Miller Time

Fully aware of the unusual importance of FP2 given the high temperatures expected on Saturday afternoon, the premier class had a good few goes at a time attack to secure a top ten position. After going under the radar throughout the day, Jack Miller arrived under the spotlight with a massive rodeo ride at turn 14 but then he buckled up and headed to the top of the timesheets with two minutes remaining, ending the day three tenths of a second faster than Pecco Bagnaia.

Johann Zarco also shone quite late into the session and narrowly avoided yellow flags to make it an all-Ducati top three on the combined standings. Fabio Quartararo snuck amongst the red machines as the leading Yamaha in fourth, ahead of Jorge Martin, the rookie continuing to impress at the top end of the timesheets. FP1 leader Aleix Espargaro briefly led proceedings in FP2 as well, before dropping down to a solid sixth position, ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who avoided any further issues after repeatedly smoking it up in FP1.

Alex Rins in eighth position was only half a second off top spot, ahead of QatarGP victor Maverick Vinales. Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten positions and is most likely to be the only Honda featured directly in Q2. Both Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez showed good speed but saw the gravel trap before the checkered flag, dropping down to 15th and 16th on the timesheets. Joan Mir had a less eventful evening but the reigning world champion entered the final time attack late and his one flying lap was one tenth short of what he needed to achieve to join the provisional Q2 lineup. The Suzuki man finished the day 13th and barring a surprise turn of events in FP3, he might take another unplanned trip through Q1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'53.145    
2 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'53.458 0.313 0.313
3 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'53.537 0.392 0.079
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'53.583 0.438 0.046
5 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'53.593 0.448 0.010
6 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'53.646 0.501 0.053
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'53.699 0.554 0.053
8 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'53.713 0.568 0.014
9 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'53.872 0.727 0.159
10 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'53.914 0.769 0.042
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'53.944 0.799 0.030
12 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'53.969 0.824 0.025
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'54.012 0.867 0.043
14 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'54.112 0.967 0.100
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'54.127 0.982 0.015
16 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'54.148 1.003 0.021
17 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'54.205 1.060 0.057
18 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'54.237 1.092 0.032
19 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'54.516 1.371 0.279
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'54.680 1.535 0.164
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'54.971 1.826 0.291
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'55.369 2.224 0.398
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto2 FP2 Result: Fernandez Fights Back

Nightfall brought much improved track conditions for the intermediate class and they definitely know better than their younger colleagues, with much of the top 14 line-up settled quite early on in FP1. One significant change was exceptional rookie Raul Fernandez dethroning Fabio Di Giannantonio from the top of the timesheets in the final handful of minutes and claiming the lead by over half a second. The Italian did not push for another time attack at the end of the session and settled for second, similarly to Remy Gardner in third.

Marco Bezzecchi did make some late progress to jump ahead of Joe Roberts in the top five, while Ai Ogura was another impressive rookie, climbing into sixth spot. Sam Lowes finished the day seventh after a couple of cancelled laps due to exceeding track limits, only five hundredths of a second ahead of rookie Celestino Vietti. Marcel Schrotter and Nicolo Bulega rounded out the top ten, while Aron Canet had to rely on his final flying lap to sneak inside the precious top 14, ahead of Augusto Fernandez.

Cameron Beaubier’s late charge made it five rookies likely to be heading straight to Q2, demoting the likes of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon, in a very disappointing day at the office for the Petronas Sprinta Racing squad. Together with the likes of Jorge Navarro, Tom Luthi or Bo Bendsneyder, they will be hoping for a miraculously early sunset on Saturday afternoon.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'58.541    
2 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'59.058 0.517 0.517
3 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'59.188 0.647 0.130
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'59.208 0.667 0.020
5 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'59.213 0.672 0.005
6 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'59.243 0.702 0.030
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'59.265 0.724 0.022
8 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'59.315 0.774 0.050
9 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'59.362 0.821 0.047
10 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'59.607 1.066 0.245
11 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'59.613 1.072 0.006
12 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'59.664 1.123 0.051
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'59.748 1.207 0.084
14 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'59.777 1.236 0.029
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'59.782 1.241 0.005
16 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'59.785 1.244 0.003
17 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'59.792 1.251 0.007
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'59.861 1.320 0.069
19 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'59.896 1.355 0.035
20 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'59.907 1.366 0.011
21 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'59.915 1.374 0.008
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'59.981 1.440 0.066
23 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 2'00.244 1.703 0.263
24 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 2'00.377 1.836 0.133
25 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2'00.385 1.844 0.008
26 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 2'00.586 2.045 0.201
27 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 2'00.858 2.317 0.272
28 10 Tommaso Marcon MV Agusta 2'02.760 4.219 1.902
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha Moto3 FP2 Result: Binder Does It Better

Once the sun set in Qatar, the lightweight class came out to play on a track that was more than 20 degrees cooler than in the afternoon. However, riders were not too keen to fight for provisional Q2 spots and spent almost as much time in pitlane as on track ahead of the time attack. With FP3 conditions expected to halt any attempts to change the combined top 14 order, you’d expect riders to show a little more initiative but we should really learn to adjust our expectations. Most of the field left pitlane with little over two minutes left on the clock and coupled with the usual outlap shenanigans, it meant that quite a few of them missed out on the shootout. Last week’s poleman, Darryn Binder, was one of them, but the South African was in no rush as he had already set up at the top of the timesheets with a time good enough not to cause him any concern.

With Binder untroubled at the front, Sergio Garcia was the big winner of the last lap rodeo, the Spaniard jumping into second position, ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo. John McPhee trailed his teammate for much of the session and only lost a couple of positions by the checkered flag, dropping to fourth. Tatsuki Suzuki’s rapid recovery continues, the Japanese rider joining the top five ahead of FP1 leader Jaume Masia and excellent rookie Izan Guevara.

Jeremy Alcoba, Pedro Acosta and Romano Fenati rounded out the top five, while Stefano Nepa, Ryusei Yamanaka, Kaito Toba and Niccolo Antonelli are the men very likely to join them straight into Q2 on Saturday evening. Although Dennis Foggia did time it right to make the cut for one final flying lap, he fell victim of the chaos in the pack and the Italian got stuck in 15th position, six tenths off top spot.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Darryn Binder Honda 2'04.781    
2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 2'04.821 0.040 0.040
3 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 2'04.893 0.112 0.072
4 17 John McPhee Honda 2'04.968 0.187 0.075
5 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 2'05.023 0.242 0.055
6 5 Jaume Masia KTM 2'05.078 0.297 0.055
7 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 2'05.104 0.323 0.026
8 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 2'05.143 0.362 0.039
9 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 2'05.169 0.388 0.026
10 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 2'05.271 0.490 0.102
11 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 2'05.329 0.548 0.058
12 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 2'05.392 0.611 0.063
13 27 Kaito Toba KTM 2'05.397 0.616 0.005
14 23 Niccolò Antonelli KTM 2'05.412 0.631 0.015
15 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 2'05.421 0.640 0.009
16 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 2'05.438 0.657 0.017
17 50 Jason Dupasquier KTM 2'05.507 0.726 0.069
18 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 2'05.526 0.745 0.019
19 12 Filip Salac Honda 2'05.537 0.756 0.011
20 16 Andrea Migno Honda 2'05.549 0.768 0.012
21 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 2'05.655 0.874 0.106
22 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 2'05.665 0.884 0.010
23 43 Xavier Artigas Honda 2'05.881 1.100 0.216
24 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 2'05.924 1.143 0.043
25 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 2'06.142 1.361 0.218
26 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 2'06.219 1.438 0.077
27 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 2'06.253 1.472 0.034
28 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 2'06.816 2.035 0.563
Round Number: 
2
2021
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2021 Doha MotoGP FP1 Result: Espargaro Elevates Aprilia

As the premier class returned to the Losail circuit for a second serving, they avoided the worst of the heat compared to their colleagues but that’s not saying much when they had to tackle FP1 in 37 degrees air temperature. While FP1 results might not prove particularly meaningful come Sunday, there was plenty of activity to keep us entertained. Aleix Espargaro continued to enjoy his time in Qatar, the Spaniard starting the session at the top of the standings and reclaiming top spot at the very last minute. Compatriot Alex Rins was close behind, only six hundredths of a second slower, while race one winner Maverick Vinales joined the top three, less than a tenth behind the leader.

Rookie Jorge Martin was the top Ducati on Friday afternoon in fourth position, while Franco Morbidelli was smoking hot and not in a good way, his Yamaha machine producing heavy smoke early in the session and getting the black and orange flag. It looked like no harm was done and the Italian went straight to the top of the timesheets when he rejoined the action for the final ten minutes but he immediately saw yet another black and orange flag waved at him for the same problem. The Petronas rider eventually dropped to fifth, ahead of Danilo Petrucci as the lead KTM and Fabio Quartararo in seventh position.

World champion Joan Mir made a somewhat better start to the weekend in eighth spot, while the Honda duo of Stefan Bradl and Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top ten. One of the stars of last Sunday, Johann Zarco, was last on the timesheets after an early crash at turn 15 limited his running. The Frenchman might have started a second consecutive weekend with a crash in FP1 but it didn’t cost him much in the end last time around.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'54.779    
2 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'54.839 0.060 0.060
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'54.864 0.085 0.025
4 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'55.019 0.240 0.155
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'55.125 0.346 0.106
6 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'55.263 0.484 0.138
7 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'55.303 0.524 0.040
8 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'55.349 0.570 0.046
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'55.393 0.614 0.044
10 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'55.448 0.669 0.055
11 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'55.454 0.675 0.006
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'55.507 0.728 0.053
13 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'55.597 0.818 0.090
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'55.677 0.898 0.080
15 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'55.770 0.991 0.093
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'55.846 1.067 0.076
17 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'55.925 1.146 0.079
18 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'55.984 1.205 0.059
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'56.023 1.244 0.039
20 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'56.119 1.340 0.096
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'56.561 1.782 0.442
22 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'56.743 1.964 0.182
Round Number: 
2
2021
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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
Round Number: 
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
Round Number: 
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
Round Number: 
1
2021
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