Sport MotoGP 2021: Vinales clinches season-opening victory as Mir misses out on Qatar podium
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© MotoGP.com Jorge Lorenzo, still a Yamaha test driver in 2020, gives his analysis Ex-MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo has not been on social media recently only created with Jack Miller (Ducati) and Aleix Espargara (Aprilia), but also analyzed the performance of each manufacturer and driver during the Qatar test.
Maverick Vinales got his 2021 MotoGP campaign up and running with a season-opening victory as he charged up from fifth at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Pole-setter Francesco Bagnaia could not get away from the chasing pack, which included Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and his Ducati team-mate Jack Miller.
With defending world champion Joan Mir – starting in 10th – and fellow Suzuki Ecstar rider Alex Rins struggling to keep pace initially, it was Monster Yamaha's Vinales who made his move.
Finding himself in fifth with 15 laps remaining, Vinales closed the gap on Bagnaia by the time the final seven came around.
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Motorcycling: Mir accuses Miller of intentional collision on Doha GP straightMiller and Mir clashed twice in the midfield, first when Mir bumped Miller wide before the Australian barged him aside with his shoulder on the straight as they competed for position.
After threatening once but being held off, Vinales spotted a gap and dived through to take a lead he would not relinquish.
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Bagnaia's race looked set to go from bad to worse when he dropped out of the top three altogether.
It left Zarco and Mir tussling for second, and last year's champion had the edge on the last lap yet, in a remarkable twist, he fell short on the final corner.
Mir appeared to run wide, with his exit speed dropping and allowing Zarco to clinch second – Bagnaia, who had blitzed the Losail lap record in qualifying, battling back to mark his first race for Ducati with a podium finish.
Fabio Quartararo completed the top five, with Mir's team-mate Rins finishing sixth.
Rookie Martin takes maiden MotoGP pole in Doha
In just his second outing in MotoGP qualifying, Pramac Racing rider Jorge Martin took pole in Doha on Saturday.The Spaniard nudged Pramac Racing team-mate Johann Zarco into second place with a superlative display, with Maverick Vinales – who won the season-opening race in Qatar – in third.
There was misery for Takaaki Nakagami, who crashed out on turn nine midway through the race, with Danilo Petrucci's Tech3 KTM debut also coming to a premature end.
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1. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha)
2. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) +1.092
3. Francesco Bagnai (Ducati) +1.129
4. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +1.222
5. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) +3.030
6. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) +3.357
7. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) +5.934
8. Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) +5.990
9. Jack Miller (Ducati) +7.058
10. Enea Bastianini (Esponsorama Racing) +9.288
1. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 25
2. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) 20
3. Francesco Bagnai (Ducati) 16
4. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar)13
5. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) 11
1. Monster Energy Yamaha 36
2. Ducati 23
3. Suzuki Ecstar 23
4. Pramac Racing 21
5. Repsol Honda 13
The MotoGP convoy remains at the Losail circuit for its second Qatar race – the Grand Prix of Doha
Aprilia tests with Dovizioso in Jerez in April: "No marriage on trial" .
© Motorsport Images Ex-MotoGp driver Andrea Dovizioso has agreed to a test with Aprilia Are these the first steps for Andrea Dovizioso towards MotoGP comeback ? Aprilia has announced that it will do a three-day private test with the Italian in Jerez next month. There Dovizioso will drive the RS-GP 2021 from April 12th to 14th. "I was pleased with Aprilia's interest and when we talked about the possibility of taking this test, I gladly accepted the invitation," says the 34-year-old.