The first free practice session at the Losail circuit, for the second GP in two weeks in Qatar, saw the Aprilia of Aleix Espargarò. The Noale house confirmed with the Spaniard the wonderful impressions shown in last Sunday’s race. Behind him two other protagonists of the first race of the season, Alex Rins – second – e Maverick Vinales. The Spanish Yamaha rider, who had already won last Sunday, was therefore confirmed in the very first positions of the ranking.
Behind the top three were Jorge Martin, Franco Morbidelli and Danilo Petrucci. For the ‘Morbido’, however, this first round on Friday was marked above all by the considerable technical problems suffered with the Petronas team’s M1, which saw two engines go up in smoke. Seventh place for Fabio Quartararo, while they closed far behind Rossi e Bagnaia: 16th for the nine-time world champion, 20th for last Saturday’s poleman.
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MotoGP | GP Doha 2021, ranking PL1
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