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Qatar MotoGP: Morbidelli tops FP1 as Miller crashes
Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli led Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro in the opening MotoGP practice of 2021 at the Qatar Grand Prix, as pre-race favourite Jack Miller on the Ducati crashed. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Franco Morbidelli, Petronas Yamaha SRT Miller picked up where he left off testing by topping the early part of FP1 with a 1m56.160s, while fellow Ducati rider Johann Zarco became the first crasher of the 2021 season when he slid off his Pramac GP21 at Turn 4.
Suzuki did not play a role in the peak field on the Sachsenring. From Startplace 16 Joan worked in nine ranked. Teammollege Alex Rins collected his first World Cup points since the second Qatar race in early April as eleventh.
"It was a difficult race," says world champion to me. "With the motorcycle, I did not feel so bad and I could do many positions. Overhaul is not easy on this route. That was hard work. I could not give more. They were just faster."
Suzuki lacks the Ride-Height system during the rear shock absorber. Thus, the drivers on the Sachsenring were specifically at the acceleration from the target curve, where it goes slightly uphill. "That's why I could not defend or attack," sighs me.
Doha MotoGP: Aleix Espargaro tops FP1 as Morbidelli hits trouble
Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro topped the first practice of the inaugural MotoGP Doha Grand Prix, while Franco Morbidelli was struck by more technical dramas on his Petronas SRT Yamaha. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Due to the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the Argentine and US GPs to be postponed, MotoGP remains in Qatar for a second week for the first ever Doha GP. Morbidelli's Qatar GP last Sunday was wrecked by a technical issue he admitted on Thursday hasn't fully been diagnosed by Petronas SRT and Yamaha.He set the early pace at a 1m58.
"That was a difficult weekend, harder than expected. Driving did not have a lot of fun. I did what I could. We have found the best package for these tires on this route."
"Nine place is not a good result, but from starting place 16 is a realistic result. Of course, it could have been better, but we have to be realistic. It is very important that we are competitive in Assen."
Suzuki moves practically with the same motorcycle as in the previous year, while the competition has made progress. In principle, the GSX-RR is still a solid, balanced motorcycle. But there must be progress.
"I do not expect a new motorcycle. We do not need that either," says me. "I do not know what we'll get, but I know that works hard. Our Japanese technicians are aware that we have to improve. That's what I'm true, because I want it too."
MotoGP FT3 in Qatar (2): Quartararo in front of Suzuki-Duo - me and Rossi in Q1
© Motorsport Images Despite rank three in the FT3: Joan must compete as a week ago in Q1 Fabio Quartararo made the Suzuki duo The boring in the third free training of the MotoGP in Qatar at the last meters still in dispute. With a best time of 1: 56,064 minutes, the Yamaha Pilot Alex Rins and Joan referred me to the places. At the overall classification, this result did not change anything.
"I too try to improve and become a better driver. They work on a better motorcycle. We have a common goal. It is important that both sides work in the same direction."
in the World Cup is on the fifth place. His residue has grown to 46 points. Teammollege Rins returned after the forearm break of Barcelona and survived the Rendistanz.
"The race was difficult," says the second Suzuki driver. "When the rain came, my feeling was away. It took him to find it again." Before Barcelona, rins had fallen in four races in a row. That's why he did not want to risk anything.
"We are all people," says the Spaniard. "I tried to manage the pain in my hand. That was not easy." Next weekend, his right arm is placed on a larger stress wort, because in Ashes there are more right curves and some quick change of directions.
Suzuki ensures that its development is "not stopped" .
Suzuki drivers are worried about the lack of evolutions on their machine but Shinichi Sahara, responsible for the team, ensures that development follows its course and believes in progress in the second part of the season.