MotoGP Qatar 1 [Spoilers]
Exage03040 last edited by Exage03040
The psychological battle of current MotoGP started once again at Losail.
As stated on Free Practice Friday and continued into Qualifying Saturday. Manufactures Ducati, Yamaha and Suzuki went at it with the strengths of their respective machines.
RACE SPOILERS BELOW
#63 Bagnaia #46 Rossi #42 Rins - Motogp.com
A rather typical start with the Ducati riders winning the drag race to the first corner. Not only did Miller pass all 3 Yamaha riders in front, but rookie Jorge Martin did as well with the start of his life for a Ducati 1, 2, 3, 4. Bagnaia - Zarco - Miller - Martin
Yamaha hung on with Quartararo, Viñales and Rossi. However Morbidelli started in 7th seemed to have an early issue with his bike and dropped to back marker after but a few laps.
Both Suzuki likewise held on to their positions waiting for the eventual battles and tire drop off.
First to get picked off was the rookie Martin who quickly faded not having the lap times of the more senior riders. Miller and Rossi then began fading. The factory Yamaha began attacking Zarco on the Pramac in 2nd with Viñales showing more speed than Quartararo with a pass. Suzuki began their attack around the middle of the race.
Ducati clearly had to dial back their power delivery for fuel consumption and tire wear which let Viñales start to run away with better cornering ability. Joan Mir mounted his late race charge on the Suzuki and managed to get into 2nd place on the last lap. Only he ran wide on the final corner trying to block which had both Zarco and Bagnaia retake their positions on the front straight to the checker.
Aleix Espargaro had a good race on the revised Aprilia but never reached the battle of the front runners. The same sentiment for his brother Pol just behind on the Factory Honda. Rookie Enea Bastianini also had a good race on his Ducati for 10th.
A dissapointing 9th for Miller
Rossi also faded into a 12th place finish.
KTM had no speed with 3 riders finishing in the back half no where near contention
Danilo Petrucci wiped out the KTM Tech3 on Lap 1.
LCR Honda also wiped out with both Alex Marquez and Taka Nakagami crashing.
As mentioned before, Morbidelli clearly had an issue with his bike and was 2nd to last.
Lorenzo Savadori was significantly behind.
farscythe last edited by
@exage03040 artists impression of anyone chasing a duke on a straight
Exage03040 last edited by
Ha, they were way dialed back though in race trim though.
There was only a few times they seemed to run on kill with that front straight; the start, a couple passes, and the end. Took out Mir when it really really counted though I suppose.
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Another element to the Duc's "not quite as ridiculously dominant front straight speed" definitely had to be the increased wind which caused [forced? I don't know how the decision processes go] them to run without the lower front wheel fairing. So, the combination of less than ideal conditions, increased drag, and more conservative fuel maps and they STILL were netting the highest trap speeds of the bunch.
Morbidelli later confirmed his holeshot device stuck in the lowrider position. Confirmed: slammed ain't fast, everybody!
Great to see Mir ....well, pull a 'Mir'.
I'm hesitant to laud Vinales for his win. That sounds weird. I'm hesitant to think things have actually changed for him. I was made aware of the fact that the Qatari schedule means that MotoGP was always running after Moto2 throughout the whole weekend. Thus, Maverick's "the bike is weird running after the Moto2 race" becomes moot because that's what he's been able to acclimate to all weekend. So, what happens after these first two rounds and the session schedules return to normal?
A year and a half ago, Zarco electively cut out early of his KTM contract and then was excused from racing for the rest of the season. Now he's on a Pramac and on the podium for the first race. What a rollercoaster; I'm happy for him.
Did you happen to catch the Moto2 and Moto3 races? Good stuff!
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Admittedly I have/had Morbidelli as a Silver rider in fantasy, I was so god damn choked right off the bat. Not as choked as his post race interview though, man he had some words about Yamaha, like they threw him under the bus for the other 3.
Yeah the commentate mention that the wind might cause havoc for Ducati, but the riders didn't mention it. The Duc still seems to have trouble with the tires at some circuits where they can't make them last, KTM as well. Suzuki and Honda do much better in that regard and Yamaha kind of splits them.
I think Viñales is still a loose cannon. He will have a really good race one week and then he'll qualify down, bork a start, crash, or be at a poor track for Yamaha. Always something. So, if he's able to repeat then it's worthy of applause. Precedent is not though. These double headers don't favour the race winners too much because nearly everyone gets a crap ton of data for the repeat.
No, not super big on the up and coming that much. I'm working this weekend so rundowns may be shorter and later.