Qatar, warm-up: P1 for Quartararo, focus on wind / MotoGP

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The wind conditions are worrying MotoGP riders. However, postponing the start of the season is out of the question. Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales took the top two places in the warm-up.

The announced storm has not materialized so far, but it has always been windy. The data: On Sunday afternoon in Qatar, the wind was blowing from the front towards the drivers on the start and finish straight at 30 to 35 km / h. The air temperature was 25 degrees and the asphalt was heated to 33 degrees. Alex Márquez opened the MotoGP class warm-up, while many riders took it easy – including victory contender Jack Miller.

In the live stream, manager Simone Battistella commented on his client Andrea Dovizioso and his intended test at Aprilia: “At the moment we are only thinking about this test and not about a race. We are working for 2022 and at the moment see no chance of contesting a Grand Prix this year. “

The best time after eight minutes went to Johann Zarco. The Frenchman, who set a new top speed record on Saturday at 362.4 kilometers per hour, lapped the 5.380 kilometer Losail International Circuit in a time of 1: 55.333 minutes.

As a reminder: The pole setter Francesco Bagnaia set a new unofficial lap record on Saturday with a time of 1: 52.772 minutes.

Also striking: the teamwork of the Yamaha factory riders. Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo pulled each other. At the press conference they had already talked about using this tactic to put the Ducati riders in trouble.

Incidentally, it can be assumed that the majority of drivers will opt for the soft compound for both the front and rear tires. This was confirmed by Michelin MotoGP project manager Piero Taramasso

Five minutes before the end, Vinales P1 took over with a time of 1: 55.285 minutes, and Miller was now on the track as well. He and Bagnaia (both Ducati) stayed in the back of the field. Bagnaia on P20 and Miller on P22. Meanwhile, Stefan Bradl was in 14th place.

Two minutes left on the clock and Quartararo took the top position from his team-mate Vinales. His lead was 0.138 seconds at the end, too. However, he had major problems with his starting exercise and only stayed with difficulty on the M1.

Pleasing from the Honda point of view: Alex Márquez, Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaro were in positions 4 to 6 and Bradl followed in 8th. In the qualification, the fastest Honda drivers, Nakagami and Espargaró, landed on 11 and 12.

The best rookie in the warm-up was Enea Bastianini in seventh place and KTM and Miguel Oliveira made it to P14. Bagnaia, who will start from first place in the race, was missing 20 km / h in the speed measurement compared to Saturday. It seemed like Ducati was struggling with wind conditions more than the competition.

Following the warm-up, there was a minute’s silence in honor of Fausto Gresini. The former two-time 125 cc world champion and team owner died on February 23 of the consequences of a corona illness. The entire entourage of the motorcycle world championship took part in the minute’s silence.

Qatar GP, MotoGP warm-up, March 28th:

1. Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha, 1: 55,147 min
2. Maverick Vinales, Yamaha, + 0,138 sec
3. Johann Zarco, Ducati, + 0,186
4. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.453
5. Takaaki Nakagami, Honda, + 0,465
6. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.642
7. Enea Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.666
8. Stefan Bradl, Honda, + 0.680
9. Luca Marini, Ducati, + 0.698
10. Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 0.710
11. Joan Mir, Suzuki, +0.799
12. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 0.803
13. Alex Rins, Suzuki, + 0,854
14. Miguel Oliveira, KTM, + 0.859
15. Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati, + 0.920
16. Brad Binder, KTM, + 1,077
17. Danilo Petrucci, KTM, + 1,150
18. Jorge Martin, Ducati, + 1,165
19. Iker Lecuona, KTM, +1,179
20. Valentino Rossi, Yamaha, + 1.498
21. Jack Miller, Ducati, + 1,664
22. Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia, + 2,411

Qatar GP, Q2 MotoGP, March 27th:

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 52.772 min
2. Quartararo, Yamaha, 1: 53,038 min, + 0.266 sec
3. Viñales, Yamaha, 1:53,088, + 0,316
4.Rossi, Yamaha, 1: 53,114, + 0.342
5. Miller, Ducati, 1:53,215, + 0,443
6. Zarco, Ducati, 1: 53.286, + 0.514
7. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1: 53.313, + 0.541
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 1: 53.315, + 0.543
9. Rins, Suzuki, 1:53,490, + 0,718
10. Mir, Suzuki, 1: 53.682, + 0.910
11. Nakagami, Honda, 1: 53,721, + 0,949
12. Pol Espargaro, Honda, 1: 53,930, + 1,158

The rest of the starting grid:
13. Bastianini, Ducati, 1: 53.733 min
14. Martin, Ducati, 1: 53,840
15. Oliveira, KTM, 1: 53,915
16. Alex Marquez, Honda, 1: 53,958
17.Bradl, Honda, 1: 53,995
18. Marini, Ducati, 1: 54.122
19. Binder, KTM, 1: 54,240
20. Petrucci, KTM, 1: 54.443
21. Lecuona, KTM, 1: 54,627
22. Savadori, Aprilia, 1: 55,183





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