2021 MotoGP Doha Grand Prix Preview

The three main MotoGP classes are all due to be back in action this weekend for the second Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit.

The opening Grand Prix weekend of 2021 saw Jaume Masia take victory in the Moto3 category ahead of teammate, and Moto3 rookie, Pedro Acosta. South Africa’s Darryn Binder claimed the final spot on the Moto3 podium. In Moto2 Sam Lowes won ahead of Remy Gardner and Fabio Di Giannantonio. Lastly, in the premier class Maverick Vinales took victory ahead of Ducati riders Johann Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia.

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Last season Masia in Moto3 (Aragon), Lowes in Moto2 (Aragon) and Fabio Quartararo (Jerez) took a ‘clean sweep’ of race wins at two of the five double headers in 2020. Taking into consideration the performances of Lowes and Vinales in particular last weekend, it will be interesting to see if either of them, or Masia for that matter, are able to complete a clean sweep of wins in Losail in 2021.

Also worth looking out for this weekend is in Moto3 where it will be worth seeing how John McPhee does after being one of the riders who was taken out by Xavier Artigas. McPhee’s teammate Binder managed to get onto the podium and McPhee looked like he could have achieved something similar last weekend. Artigas meanwhile will be required to take two long lap penalties during the Grand Prix after he was deemed to be riding irresponsibly.

QatarGP 2021. Pol Espargaro y Stefan Bradl en carrera” by Box Repsol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

In MotoGP it will be intriguing to see how well the Ducatis, especially that of Jack Miller, will respond after being beaten to victory by Vinales and Yamaha. Prior to Vinales victory last weekend Ducati, thanks to Andrea Dovizioso, had won the previous two editions of the Qatar Grand Prix.

In general it will be interesting to see, across all three classes, who is able to have a stronger performance this weekend when compared to last weekend. This when you take into consideration the amount of running that all three classes will have had at Losail by the time the lights go out on Sunday.


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