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Motorcycles Fabio Quartararo captures MotoGP victory in another tight finish at Losail circuit in Qatar

02:55  05 april  2021
02:55  05 april  2021 Source:   nbcsports.com

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  How MotoGP’s COVID protocols will work in Qatar MotoGP will implement a protocol which will allow the paddock to enter Qatar in March without having to serve a mandatory quarantine period. © Daniel Kalisz / Motorsport Images 2017 Champion Jamie Whincup, Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden The 2021 season is set to get underway on 28 March with the Qatar Grand Prix, before the Doha GP – a recent addition to the calendar – at the same Losail International Circuit takes place a week later.

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo scored his first MotoGP victory Sunday with the Monster Energy factory team, winning the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha in Qatar.

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The Frenchman charged from a midpack start, outdistancing two Ducati riders from Pramac Racing. New points leader Johann Zarco finished second, and rookie Jorge Martin started on the pole position and led 18 laps before yielding the lead to Quartaro and finishing third.

The second race of the 2021 season featured the closest finish among the top 15 in MotoGP history as 8.928 seconds separated Quartararo from 15th-place finisher Miguel Oliveira at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar. That shattered the previous mark of 15.093 seconds separating the top 15 that was set at the same track in 2019.

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 Because of Corona: Yamaha and Suzuki stay in Qatar for five weeks © Motorsport Images Yamaha is one of the manufacturers who are serving the time up to the season opener in Qatar Since last week, the MotoGP has been in Qatar to follow the cancellation of Sepang to complete the only two official winter tests before the start of the season, which will also take place at the Losail International Circuit. Due to the corona situation, there are still strict rules on site.

The 2021 season opener at Qatar was the fifth-closest top 15 finish in history (16.422-second gap).

Quartararo scored three victories last year, including the first two events of the delayed start to the 2020 season when he became the first winning Frechman in more than 20 years in MotoGP’s premier division.

“I have not won many races, so for sure this is the most special one coming from ninth,” Quartararo said. “I was feeling so good in overtake spots like Turn 10, Turn 15, and I felt like I could win the race at that moment. Last week, I ride a little bit like a rookie because I’ve not played with mapping and tires. It feels good to win in the second race and have two French guys 1-2. So happy for this win.”

New Yamaha MotoGP bike “ready” to race – Vinales

  New Yamaha MotoGP bike “ready” to race – Vinales Maverick Vinales believes the 2021 Yamaha MotoGP bike is “ready” to race after topping the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Qatar. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing Vinales continued evaluating the 2021 chassis on Thursday, riding three different specs of Yamaha on his way to the top of the timesheets with a 1m53.244s. The eight-time race winner spent the first test focusing on his own riding style and was “surprised” at how good his long run pace was on the 2020 bike.

Zarco leads the championship by four points through two races over Yamaha teammates Quartararo and Maverick Vinales (who won the season opener and finished fifth Sunday).

A replay of the race will air at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

a person riding a motorcycle on a track: Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo rides besides teammate Maverick Vinales drive during the Moto GP Grand Prix of Doha at the Losail International Circuit (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images). © Provided by NBC Sports Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo rides besides teammate Maverick Vinales drive during the Moto GP Grand Prix of Doha at the Losail International Circuit (KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images).

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Pramac rookie Jorge Martin admits winning races in Moto2 and Moto3 felt “better” than scoring his maiden MotoGP pole position on Saturday ahead of the Doha Grand Prix. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing The Spaniard will start Sunday’s second round of the 2021 MotoGP season at the head of the pack after beating Pramac teammate Johann Zarco to pole in Qatar with a time of 1m53.106s. Martin is the first rookie MotoGP pole winner to do so on a Ducati and the first debutant to take top honours in qualifying since Fabio Quartararo in 2019.

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