MotoGP 2021 – Round 02 of 19, Losail (QATAR)
The Tissot Grand Prix of Doha represents the second round of 2021 MotoGP, and for the second event in seven days at a blustery Losail International Circuit Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira was once more KTM’s top qualifier at the fast, floodlit venue.
– Oliveira is the first KTM racer to make the Q2 cut and places 12th in qualification
– Petrucci leads Binder and Lecuona on the grid in tough, windy conditions
– Moto3 Pole Position for Jaume Masia & Moto2 front row for Remy Gardner KTM’s two teams and four riders regrouped and tackled the tricky Losail asphalt for the second time in a week and for the last stint at the flat and flowing track a short distance outside of the Qatari capital city.
Miguel Oliveira: “I’m happy we made it through to Q2 but today the track was not in the best condition for us and we struggled to find optimum grip. It was really hard to repeat Friday’s lap-time. When I went through to Q2 I tried a different configuration on my second bike which was not ideal and on top of that I had a front tire that gave me vibration on the right side. So, it was a slightly better qualifying but let’s see what happens tomorrow. We need to get to the front as quick and as much as we can and then see what we can manage apart from that.”
Brad Binder: “Not exactly the Saturday we had planned. I wanted to get through to Q2 but it was a difficult day with a lot of different elements: a lot of wind and a lot of dust on track. We tried a few things this morning that seemed quite positive in the high wind situation but when it came to pushing for a lap-time in calmer conditions them it seemed a bit more difficult. Tomorrow is our last chance to leave Qatar with a good feeling, so we’re going to go for it.”
Danilo Petrucci: “Overall, I’m happy about my sensations on the bike. We improved a bit but we are still not where we want to be. We found some small refinements today, although I think our potential is higher. We tried something different with the tires in FP4 and also something different in terms of electronics. I think I could have been faster on my single lap, but I was completely alone and with this wind, it was quite difficult. Still, I’m happy about the progress.”
Iker Lecuona: “I have to admit, that I’m not satisfied. Obviously, we are pretty far back on the grid again although we improved one position and above all, my feeling with the bike is way better and also our pace compared to last week. Regarding all these factors, I expect to have a good race tomorrow and I know that I’m capable of fighting for the points. So, I’ll try my best when the red lights go off for round two.”