MotoGP Race And Practice Results

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
Not Finished 1st Lap
  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
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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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2021 Qatar Moto2 Qualifying Result: Untouchable

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

Results:

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

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

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

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

Results:

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