The French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) and Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) the victories have been shared in the double event held in Qatar of the MotoGP World Championship, but the leadership of the championship has gone to the hands of another French, Johann zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), which is still a certain paradox.
If something has become clear, it is that there is no motorcycle that exceeds in speed Ducati, but also that the World Cup MotoGP It is not just speed and the current premier class mechanics also need acceleration, braking and, above all, cornering, a lot of cornering.
And that is where for now it seems that the Yamaha of Quartararo and Viñales, in the balance that they demonstrate on almost all terrains and, above all, when it comes to wearing the tires.
Certainly there will be other circuits where Iwata’s bikes will suffer, as they did last season, but at least now they have a “technical package” that allows them to be optimistic, although not all are advantages since only their official riders have been able to excel at a high level, not so the Italians Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli in the Petronas team.
Rossi He has achieved one of the worst results of his sporting career in Qatar, sixteenth in the second race.
Of course, it has been the worst that is remembered in his entire career in MotoGP, and Morbidelli He has not been much better, a “zero” in the first race and a twelfth position in the second are not the results expected by who last year got the world runner-up.
Thus, the joy of Yamaha is fifty percent, and forces Japanese engineers to strive to improve the performance of their prototypes with the arrival of races in Europe, first Portimao, and then Ángel Nieto de Jerez de la Frontera, in which last year they suffered much more than expected due to the numerous technical problems that plagued them.
The Italian engineer Gigi Dall’Igna He knows that he has the fastest bike and the most evolved in the aerodynamic field, but “his” Ducati is “missing something” to maintain the consistency and superiority that they demonstrate on a lap.
When the weight of the fuel tank falls and tire wear increases, the performance of the Ducati begins to give ground to its competition, either Yamaha or also Suzuki, and only the great speed of the prototypes of Borgo panigale saves its pilots from disaster, and that is something that they must improve before the arrival of paths with much shorter straights and therefore less inclined to display their very high top speed.
Suzuki has the world champion, the Spanish Joan Mir, to which both in one and another race in Qatar, problems of all kinds and kinds have accumulated, but in the end he has achieved a fourth and a seventh place with him and a sixth and a fourth with the also Spanish Àlex Rins.
Both pilots of Suzuki could fight, like the Yamaha, with the powerful Ducati, but both lacked “that point” of speed that would allow them to face their rivals on the Losail straight, and surely both Mir What Rins They will “have nightmares” about the lurid pasts that their Ducati rivals have given them.
Very close to them, more and more, is the Aprilia RS-GP of Aleix Espargaró, once again with solvency in its performance among the top ten and a very short distance in time difference, the most significant data, which it must now endorse in circuits “a priori” much more favorable for the characteristics of Noale’s motorcycle.
The most powerful team in the championship, the Repsol Honda, has the new services of Pol Espargaro, but the Spanish rider is having a hard time adapting to his new bike and the return of Marc Márquez, feared by many, could be of great help to the one from Granollers because, so far, the Ala Dorada motorcycles are suffering the unspeakable to achieve good results.
Even worse is the outlook for the Austrian KTM, which has in the eighth position of the South African Brad binder in the second race of Losail his best result, and that for some time the Portuguese could be seen Miguel Oliveira trying to fight with the leading riders, but with the passage of laps his momentum decreased at the same rate as the performance of his motorcycle.
The characteristics of Losail They are very peculiar and do not conform to what the rest of the circuits later tend to be, so surely all the brands are eager to reach Portimao or even better to Jerez, to know the true potential of their motorcycles.