With a positive first race weekend of the year done, Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl return to the Losail International Circuit looking for more.
It’s a case of déjà vu in the Repsol Honda Team garage as preparations begin for round two of the 2021 World Championship. The 5.4-kilometre-long Losail International Circuit will once again host a Grand Prix under its floodlights, the Grand Prix of Doha. After five days of testing and a race already at the circuit, it will be a weekend of fine tuning and looking for maximum performance. Back-to-back events at the same circuit in 2020 showed how fierce the competition can be during the second race.
Completing his first Grand Prix on the Honda RC213V has earned Pol Espargaro a wealth of knowledge that he is keen to put to use this weekend in order to improve further. Contact during the early laps disrupted Espargaro’s race but his overall pace was extremely encouraging for the Repsol Honda Team. Forecasts are predicting very similar conditions for the upcoming race, giving Espargaro a great opportunity to work on the areas of improvement he found during his first outing.
Stefan Bradl will once again be the team-mate of Espargaro as Marc Marquez continues to work on returning to full fitness and the MotoGP grid. An overall consistent weekend yielded an 11th place finish for the German test rider who is confident he could have fought for the top ten with a less conservative approach. Continuing to push on and fight into the top ten is Bradl’s objective for the weekend with a particular focus on Qualifying.
After a brief period of rest, the MotoGP grid will be back on track on Friday, April 02 at 15:40 Local Time. Sunday’s race will again start at 20:00 Local Time on Sunday, April 04.
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|
|Longest straight||1.068 kilometres / 0.664 miles|
Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps
|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)|