The Monster Energy Yamaha team has cause for celebration, with Fabio Quartararo taking the win at the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha. But the race was unforgettable for another reason—it also saw the closest top 15 finish to date in the series.
The Losail International Circuit tends to see close finishes, but this race was particularly close—just 8.928sec covered the top 15 finishers. The dogfight under the desert lights beat out the previous record of 15.093sec, which also happened to be set at Losail. It shows how competitive Grand Prix motorcycle racing has become.
In addition to bagging the first and second spots on the podium, Quartararo and Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco also handed France its first double premier-class podium since 1954. Third was taken by Pramac Racing rookie Jorge Martin, who secured his maiden MotoGP podium.
Making the Doha GP even more special is the fact that every manufacturer was in the top 15, with a gap of just 6.063sec between Yamaha, Suzuki, Ducati, KTM, Aprilia, and Honda. Given how competitive each manufacturer’s machines are at this point, it comes as no surprise that the world-class riders piloting them continue to give fans lots of exciting on-track action.
This year’s first two Grand Prix have presented us with the first and fifth closest top 15 finishes in the sport’s history, so it’s more than safe to say that MotoGP’s off to an explosive start in 2021.
2021 Doha GP race results
|1||Fabio Quartararo (#20/FRA)||Monster Energy Yamaha||42:23.997||25|
|2||Johann Zarco (#5/FRA)||Pramac Racing – Ducati||+1.457||20|
|3||Jorge Martin (#89/SPA)||Pramac Racing – Ducati||+1.500||16|
|4||Alex Rins (#42/SPA)||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+2.088||13|
|5||Maverick Viñales (#12/SPA)||Monster Energy Yamaha||+2.110||11|
|6||Francesco Bagnaia (#63/ITA)||Ducati Lenovo Team||+2.642||10|
|7||Joan Mir (#36/SPA)||Team Suzuki Ecstar||+4.868||9|
|8||Brad Binder (#33/RSA)||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+4.979||8|
|9||Jack Miller (#43/AUS)||Ducati Lenovo Team||+5.365||7|
|10||Aleix Espargaro (#41/SPA)||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+5.382||6|
|11||Enea Bastianini (#23/ITA)||Avintia Esponsorama – Ducati||+5.550||5|
|12||Franco Morbidelli (#21/ITA)||Petronas Yamaha SRT||+5.787||4|
|13||Pol Espargaro (#44/SPA)||Repsol Honda Team||+6.063||3|
|14||Stefan Bradl (#6/GER)||Repsol Honda Team||+6.453||2|
|15||Miguel Oliveira (#88/POR)||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||+8.928||1|
|16||Valentino Rossi (#46/ITA)||Petronas Yamaha SRT||+14.246|
|17||Takaaki Nakagami (#30/JPN)||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||+16.241|
|18||Luca Marini (#10/ITA)||SKY VR46 Avintia – Ducati||+16.472|
|19||Danilo Petrucci (#9/ITA)||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||+16.779|
|20||Lorenzo Savadori (#32/ITA)||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||+38.775|