Conditions were again the talk of the day in Doha as the Repsol Honda Team worked towards race day, Stefan Bradl continuing to lead the Honda charge as he prepares to line up in 11th.

There was no escaping the dust and wind in Free Practice 3 as the entire Losail International Circuit was engulfed in a fierce windstorm. While the wind was manageable, huge amounts of dust and sand were blown across the track and meant there was little information to find in the first session of the day and certainly no chance of improving on FP2 times.

Winds remained for the evening sessions, but with less dust blowing than in the morning, evening running proved to be more productive. Completing ten laps in the 30-minute Free Practice 4 session, Espargaro and his crew focused their attentions to the 22-lap race on Sunday. Ending 0.15s behind Bradl, Espargaro took valuable information away from FP4 before refocusing himself on Q1.

Less than half a second split the top five in Q1 as the likes of Mir, Alex Marquez and Oliveira battled it out for one of the two transfer spots. A well-timed second run in the 15-minute session saw Espargaro maximise his track time on his second set of tyres, ending the evening in fifth place and less than two tenths off the top two. He will line up 15th on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Stefan Bradl’s Free Practice 4 was focused on a long run, working towards Sunday’s race as well after earning a spot in Q2 thanks to his Friday performance. The German was able to run consistently in the top ten until he fell late in the session at Turn 13, avoiding injury but unable to improve on 10th place. Bradl continued his strong Saturday form into Q2 to clinch 11th on the grid, his best Qualifying since the Portuguese GP last year.

An improved performance on Sunday remains the focus for the Repsol Honda Team, both Bradl and Espargaro showed impressive pace on the previous Sunday. The racing is again guaranteed to be close but the pair of RC213V riders are prepared to fight. Lights will go out at 20:00 Local Time for the Doha GP on Sunday, April 04.

Pol Espargaro

15th 1'54.402

“I know that tomorrow will be better and that is what is the most frustrating. It’s a bit hard to understand exactly what has happened today. Our first run in Qualifying did not work, I came in and on the second tyre I was able to do more but I lost some tenths with a mistake at the first corner. It’s very frustrating, but tomorrow we go into the race and we will start overtaking and making up ground like last weekend. We need to understand why others have been able to make a big step and we have not been able to.”

Stefan Bradl

11th 1'54.224

“Conditions were more difficult compared to what we were expecting, the wind and the sand were very strong today. We suffered a little with this, especially over one lap to move even higher on the grid. Moving to Q2 directly helped a lot, our hard work yesterday paid off a lot today. In the session itself it was harder to make a lap time, this track has always been a challenge but for tomorrow our race pace is looking better. In FP4 we did a long run, and the rhythm was not too bad, we can definitely fight with the others. Let’s see what happens.”

MotoGP 2021
Qualifying Round 2   Qatar

Doha GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
23°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'53.106
2 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.157
3 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.161
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.197
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.363
6 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.548
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.599
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.639
9 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.679
10 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.688
11 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.118
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.990
13 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.297 Q1
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.330
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.471
16 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.550
17 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.597
18 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.624
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.701
20 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.800
21 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.950
22 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.892
Location Information

The fabulous Losail International Circuit lies on the outskirts of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Built in little over a year, the track cost $58 million USD and required round-the-clock dedication from almost 1,000 workers in order to get it ready for the inaugural event – the Marlboro Grand… read more.

Length 5.380 kilometres / 3.343 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 10
Longest straight 1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles
Constructed 2004

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps

www.circuitlosail.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 52.772s (171.7km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2021)
Race Lap 1m 54.624s (168.9 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha,2021)
Race Time 42m28.452 42s (167.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2021 Race Winner Race 1: Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) || Race 2: Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)