Bagnaia rockets to the first pole position of the 2021 MotoGP season, a new lap record in Qatar keeping the new factory Ducati rider ahead of the Yamahas of Quartararo and Vinales.

Rossi chased Bagnaia on his fastest lap and was briefly on the front row before Vinales fought back.

Vinales and LCR's Marquez have been reunited with their respective crew chiefs Esteban Garcia and Christophe 'Beefy' Bourguignon, after the pair were confirmed to their hotels after registering an unclear PCR test upon arrival in Qatar.

Bradl is again replacing the injured Marc Marquez, who is missing both Qatar rounds.

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Qatar MotoGP, Losail Circuit - Full Qualifying Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)1'52.772s6/7355k
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.266s3/6351k
3Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.316s7/7348k
4Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.342s6/7348k
5Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.443s3/7358k
6Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.514s7/7356k
7Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.541s3/6345k
8Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.543s7/7348k
9Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.718s7/7347k
10Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.910s6/7350k
11Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.949s7/7347k
12Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.158s5/6353k
 Qualifying 1:     
13Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*1'53.733s6/7354k
14Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*1'53.84s2/6359k
15Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)1'53.915s6/6346k
16Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)1'53.958s3/7350k
17Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)1'53.995s6/6350k
18Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*1'54.122s6/7351k
19Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'54.24s3/7350k
20Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'54.443s6/7346k
21Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)1'54.627s6/6351k
22Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*1'55.183s3/7347k

* Rookie.
2021 Qatar MotoGP - Fastest Day 1 Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.387s

2021 Qatar Tests - Fastest Time:
Jack Miller AUS Ducati 1m 53.183s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren
 
 

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