After the debut in Qatar, the MotoGP still makes a stop in Losail, where the Doha GP will be held, the second round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia confirms the strength of Ducati and its desire for redemption: “We will fight for the victory again, we are competitive”. More cautious, despite his success at his debut, Maverick Viñales: “I have faith in Yamaha, but I don’t want to be overwhelmed by enthusiasm right away.”
After a debut full of emotions, MotoGP remains in Losail, where the second round of the 2021 World Championship will be held. In the press conference on the eve of the Doha GP, Bagnaia confirms the strength of Ducati, which despite not hitting the victory managed to place his two drivers on the podium. ‘Pecco’ is ready to take revenge: “We have understood many things, it seems that the weather conditions will be the same: we will be better prepared. The victory? Never say never, the second race is always easier, we will be able to fight again to win. . We were competitive in the first part, but in some points of acceleration we lost and for this reason the success vanished. It is a favorable track for us, as it is for the others, but we can win. And there are many other circuits in the field. we go fast. The bike is competitive: our goal is to be consistent. ”
The Doha GP will be an opportunity for the redemption of the Borgo Panigale team, which, however, must not be crushed by the pressure. This is the thought of Johann Zarco, according to Losail: “If we didn’t win the second race in Qatar it wouldn’t be a drama: we are still competitive and we are fighting to get on the podium. This is a good sign. The goal is to win, we know we can do it, we will have to succeed. to find the way to make the most of the bike during the race “.
Despite the successful debut, Maverick Viñales he does not want to hear about forecasts: “It is too early to say if the bike is ready to fight for something bigger – says the Yamaha Spaniard – even if things went well right away. After Losail, however, we will go to Portimao, where we had difficulties: we want to repeat the good things we did in Qatar. There is total confidence in the bike, but we must not claim victory too soon. There will be races in which we will sweat to be faster than usual and we will have to give more. but I have no doubts. I’m focused but I don’t want to be swept away by enthusiasm right away. ” Viñales is also back on the change of teammate after 4 years, with Valentino Rossi moving to the Petronas team: “Without him little has changed, he is still important for Yamaha and will remain so forever.”
Few changes for the other Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo: “Last year, in this situation, I would have lost a lot of positions, and instead I found a way to ride with good times. There have been some changes that I don’t like, in the Doha GP we won’t make big changes.”
The one who must definitely take a clear step forward is Suzuki, with the reigning World Champion Joan Mir who lost the podium at the very last corner: “I had several problems and this made everything more difficult for me. The start was not the best and the mistake in the end penalized me. It will be difficult to beat those who fought for the victory in the first race “. The teammate of the same opinion Alex Rins: “We had a good race, but sixth place is not enough. We have to improve and fix some small things”.
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