Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo return to the Losail International Circuit to kick off the 2021 MotoGP season this weekend, starting with the Grand Prix of Qatar.
Riders Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo are looking forward to starting the racing action under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit – where they both completed the preseason test two weeks ago with top-3 results, filling them with confidence.
With the MotoGP class not having been able to compete in Qatar in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Viñales is all the more keen to see some action at the Losail track. He is in luck, because this year not one, but two races will be held in Doha, a circuit that holds special memories for him.
The Spaniard previously secured a win in the premier class in Qatar in 2017, which was his very first race with Yamaha. He also scored a first and second place there in the Moto3 class, in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Throughout the 2021 Qatar Test, the number-12 rider completed a total of 252 laps to get to the first race of the season in the best shape possible, with his eye on a place on the rostrum.
This weekend‘s race will be a special event for Quartararo, who is now tantalisingly close to making his MotoGP dream come true: Friday will mark his official debut with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team. The youngster already showed his eagerness during the Qatar Test, when he put in 242 laps, and he is feeling ready to tackle the first round of the 2021 MotoGP season.
The Losail circuit hasn‘t historically been a good circuit for him, but the Frenchman is keen on changing that this year. Having shown good pace and confidence with the Factory YZR-M1, he is determined to make his, the team‘s, and Yamaha‘s hard work during the winter break pay off.
Maverick Vinales: ”This year‘s winter testing wasn‘t very long, but we still got a lot of work done and the Qatar Test was very positive. This is important. We are about to start the new season and we‘re on a good level. We know our strengths. We have a good rhythm and we‘ve also worked hard on the areas that we know we could further improve. Now it‘s time to start racing!”
Fabio Quartararo: “Finally, the season is about to start! I did a lot of laps during the preseason test, and even though we were not able to ride on the last day, we still ended the test feeling positive. I‘m very curious to see if the track conditions have changed much since the MotoGP Qatar Test, but most of all I just want to ride my M1 again and start the 2021 season!”