Maverick Viñales has this weekend, in the Doha GP (second round of the year in Qatar) the opportunity to repeat his great start to the championship of 2017, when on his debut in MotoGP everyone saw him as the top favorite for the title after winning the first two races of the year with Yamaha.
After that, the Japanese firm plunged into endless problems that prevented the Roses driver from being an unshakable contender, without having the necessary consistency for it. In the years that followed, setbacks continued and the search for solutions dragged on longer than it should have. This, together with the progress of his rivals and the overwhelming dominance of Márquez, made him Maverick things were very difficult for him. In 2020, with the absence of Cervera, Viñales was together with Quartararo one of the firm candidates for the crown, but as the Catalan said, “We lost the 2017 title and we will lose the 2020 title due to the same mistakes”. That happened. Last year he was sixth, and finally, this year he has managed to start the season as he wanted. It is Maverick’s time, who last Sunday showed another face, with a race in which he knew how to remain calm despite his umpteenth bad start, something that he fixed with a very intelligent race management strategy, reserving tires for his final attack , culminating a great blow to the power of the Ducati.
It is especially important for him to corroborate his dominance this weekend to put ground in between with his opponents and send a message of strength. But above all, it is also to maximize his options in the absence of Marc Márquez, of whom it is still unknown if he will be in the third closing in Portugal. The more points he scores without Marc on the track, the more it will be up to the 6-time champion of MotoGP when he returns and recovers his best version. Last year, on a grid of such mechanical equality, no one was able to catch Marc’s dominating and overwhelming witness. One year later, Maverick he wants to achieve victory this weekend to be closer to that goal.
Mir must confirm his good feelings
Crucial will also be the race for the current champion, Joan Mir, who throughout last weekend had many problems with a solution that they tested in the test and that, as the pilot himself recognized,
“It made existence bitter”
. “I had problems entering the curve and ahead. But we took it off in the warm up and we found the way. I think it can go well for the next races “, he pointed out after an appointment in which, starting from the fourth row, he came back with a magnificent tire management and a spectacular final attack in which he had the podium to play.
Now, Joan will have to work to confirm her feelings, progress and show that you have everything to defend your crown forcefully. All this, while waiting for Marc’s return and in a circuit in which the Ducati they will once again have an extra key power. Maverick and Mir, next to a Rins That the start of the race should be taken more calmly, they face a key appointment to show their true cards in the fight for everything.