The Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in the 12th position for the Doha Grand Prix of MotoGP, second of the 19 races of the world championship of speed motorcycling in 2021. The KTM rider was 11 in the third free practice, being therefore forced to go through the first stage of qualifying, Q1.
There, Miguel Oliveira was the second fastest, running in 1.54.220 minutes, just behind the title champion, Spaniard Joan Mir (Suzuki), going to Q2. With temperatures dropping during dusk, the Portuguese again found it difficult to keep the tires at the ideal temperature, going no further than the 12th record, with the time of 1.55.096 minutes at 1.990 seconds of the Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati) , who, in his debut year in MotoGP, achieved ‘pole position’.With this result, Miguel Oliveira improved his position on the starting grid by three positions compared to the opening race of the championship, last Sunday, while Ducati keeps the dominance in this circuit, placing four bikes in the first six places (which correspond to the first two) starting grid lines).
Martin took the first pole of his MotoGP career with a private Ducati from the Pramac team. Next to him on the front row of the grid will be Frenchman Johan Zarco (Ducati), who was 157 milliseconds away, and Spaniard Maverick Viñales (Yamaha), who ended the session at 161 milliseconds.
Note also for the 21st and penultimate place achieved by the Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
The seven-time world champion will leave the last row of the grid for the second time in Qatar. The first happened in 2004, due to a penalty.
Viñales starts for this second race of the season at the top of the championship, with 25 points, while Miguel Oliveira is 13th, with three.
The Doha Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday, starting at 6 pm (Lisbon time), followed by the Grand Prix of Portugal, in Portimão, on 18 April.
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