Vinales wins the season-opening Qatar MotoGP for Yamaha after overturning an early Ducati 1-2-3-4.

Suzuki world champion Mir overtook Zarco for second place on the final lap, but ran wide at the last corner and was then overtaken by both Zarco and long-time race leader Bagnaia on the run to the finish line.

All riders chose the soft tyres, front and rear.

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

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Qatar MotoGP, Losail Circuit - Race Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/Diff
1Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)42m 28.663s
2Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+1.092s
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+1.129s
4Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.222s
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+3.030s
6Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+3.357s
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+5.934s
8Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+5.990s
9Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+7.058s
10Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+9.288s
11Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+10.299s
12Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+10.742s
13Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+11.457s
14Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+14.100s
15Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+16.422s
16Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+20.916s
17Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+21.026s
18Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+23.892s
19Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*+46.346s
 Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)DNF
 Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)DNF
 Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)DNF

* Rookie.
Pole Position Time:

Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 52.772s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati 1m 52.772s(2021)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren

 

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