Marc Marquez has revealed that in the first MotoGP race of the 2022 season in Qatar, he did not feel any physical problems that plagued him last season, but he has some work to do to get used to the new Honda motorcycle. Marquez started the race at the Lusail racetrack from third place on Sunday and took the lead in the race at the entrance to the first corner, then was overtaken by teammate Pol Espargaro at the exit. Marquez tried to emulate Espargarjo's maneuver in the second round in the same spot, but he had to seduce from the ideal line. Espargaro continued in the lead until he was betrayed by a worn front tire in the 17th lap and had to hand over the lead to Aeneas Bastianini and Brad Binder. “Pol drove better all weekend than I did,” admitted Marquez, who eventually finished the race in fifth place. "As it seems
Suzuki racer Alex Rins was the fastest in the second free practice for the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha. The Spaniard was 0.035 seconds faster than his Honda compatriot, Marco Marquez, who is quietly predicting a jump to the top spots despite injury problems. Third was Rins' teammate Joan Mir, ahead of Jorge Martin and Franco Morbidelli. Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro, current world champion Fabio Quartararo, Pol Espargaro and Francesco Bagnaia also finished training in the top ten. For the time being, the top ten is also guaranteed a place in the second part of the qualifications, but the list may change in tomorrow's third training session. https://twitter.com/Rins42/status/1499809183167823876
South African Brad Binder was the fastest in the first freestyle MotoGP training of this season in Qatar. The KTM racer completed the lap of the Losail racetrack in Doha in 1 minute 54.851 and overtook the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) by a few hundredths. Nakagami was one of three Honda racers in the top five, with Spaniards Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) in fourth and fifth place, respectively. The third time of training belonged to Suzuki racer, Alex Rins. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1499709016339066881
Max Verstappen is expected to ignore the double yellow flags in the last Q3 qualifying round, so he will have to talk to the commissioners. The Dutchman was preparing to attack Lewis Hamilton's fastest time in the last lap, but due to the yellow flags he had to give up for the first time in the second sector of the track, and then the lap was interrupted by Pierre Gasly's stopped car on the start-finish plane. The Red Bull racer finished the lap by driving past several double yellow flags warning of impending danger on the track, and set only a shade better time than the previous one. Nevertheless, he was 0.455 seconds slower than Hamilton, and it is not yet clear whether the yellow flags were shown only by the judges at the track, or were also officially launched in the lead of the race. Footage from the Max Ve race car
Lewis Hamilton won the best starting position in qualifying for the first Formula 1 race in Qatar. From second place, the race will be started by his title contender Max Verstappen, who had to give up gas twice in the last fast lap due to yellow flags. Valtteri Bottas will start the race from third place, and Verstappen will be in the race in a fight with a pair of Mercedes alone, as his teammate Sergio Perez was eliminated in the second part of the qualifications.
The Dutch Grand Prix race in Zandvoort was given the green light at the last minute and will be scheduled after the Belgian Grand Prix, while races in Singapore, Japan, China, Canada and Australia have been canceled. However, the media know to say that the gap created by the Melbourne cancellation is expected to be filled by Qatar. The race, scheduled for Nov. 21 at Albert Park, will now take place at the Losail International Circuit. The racetrack is not unknown to fans of the MotoGP series, as it has been racing on two-wheelers here since 2004. The Formula 1 management has its hands full this year to find alternative locations for canceled races and all indications are that Qatar is replacing Australia - Photo: HB Press global pandemic, the leadership of Formula 1 is said to be doing its best to make the calendar this year
Fabio Quartararo brought Yamaha to Qatar for the second consecutive victory in just as many races this season at the Losail racetrack. The Frenchman overtook Jorge Martin four laps before the end of the race, leading from start to finish and celebrating his first win of the year. In the end, however, Pramac Ducati racers Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin won second and third place. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1378766107213975561 The race was spiced up by close fights for the top places, while the first 15 riders were separated by less than 9 seconds at the end of the race, and some hot blood was provided by Jack Miller and the current world champion. Joan Mir, who collided twice during the race. Despite the Commissioners' scrutiny, no penalties were imposed on either of them.
Valentino Rossi admitted that in qualifying for the Doha Grand Prix he was not fast enough to fight for high starting places, and as a result he recorded his worst qualifying achievement in the career of a MotoGP racer. Already on Friday's training sessions, the Italian did not find the right rhythm that would allow him a good enough circle to qualify for the faster qualifying group, so he had to compete with his rivals in Q1, where his best time of 1: 54.881 meant relegation. and the start of the race from the penultimate, 21st place. The Petronas SRT racer won an excellent fourth place with a time of 1: 53.114 a week ago, if he managed to repeat the lap, he would start today's race from second place, as he would be only 0.008 seconds behind the winner of the qualifications, Jorge Martin.
The MotoGP caravan winter break is coming to an end this weekend. After the canceled winter tests in Malaysia, the racers did it at the Losail racetrack, where this Sunday will be the first race of the year, and next week another one will follow at the same venue. So that you don't miss any of the free training sessions, we have prepared a race weekend schedule for the Qatar Grand Prix. On the night from Saturday to Sunday, we move the clocks to summer time, so the wait for the race after Saturday's qualifiers will be one hour shorter. Friday, 26.3.202111: 50 - 12:30 FP1 Moto312: 45 - 13.25 FP1 Moto213: 40 - 14:25 FP1 MotoGP 16:10 - 16:50 FP2 Moto317: 05 - 17:45 FP2 Moto218: 00 - 18:45 FP2 MotoGP Saturday, 27.3.202111: 25-12: 05 FP3 Moto312: 20-13: 00 FP3 Moto213: 15-14: 00 FP3 MotoGP15: 30-15: 45 Q1 Moto315: 55-16: 10 Q2 Moto316: 25- 16:40 Q
MotoGP class teams and racers will have two additional test days in Qatar after the first winter tests in Sepang were canceled. MotoGP announced this week that we will not see an introductory three-day test in Malaysia this year, as measures to contain the Covid-19 virus have been tightened in the country. After a meeting between the teams, the leading men of MotoGP, Dorna and the umbrella organization FIM, a decision was made, among other things, to extend the planned testing in Qatar for an additional two days, or for teams and racers to test the motorcycles for the first time followed by scheduled three-day testing between March 6 and 7. Before that, newcomers and test racers will be able to take a shakedown test on March 10, which they would otherwise have to take in Sepang. P
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