Disturbing nineteenth from Rossi to 1.6 from Quartararo

The Frenchman led the second day of the first test in Qatar, ahead of Miller, Aleix and Morbidelli, highlighting the poor result of Valentino.


It's just practice, but in MotoGP, unlike in F1, for example, what you see in the preseason is quite enlightening of what the year can turn out to be. And in this 2021, concretely, the continuity or the retirement of Rosssi is at stake among many other things. The greatest of all time for many, including myself, said last week that, at 42 years old, he would make a decision about his future in the summer break and that it would be the results that would decide if he would be here to continue or hang the jumpsuit. There is still a lot of cloth to cut, but the nineteenth place in the combined 1.6 behind the head that Quartararo has occupied, his replacement in the official Yamaha box, is at least disturbing for all those who wish, there are many, to see him in front and for both at least one more year on the MotoGP grid.

And it cannot be said that the Yamaha did not do well in this first test in Qatar, because Quartararo has been first with 1: 53.940 (the track record is 1: 53.380 of Marc Márquez in 2019), Morbidelli finished fourth at 0.213 of the head with the 2019 M1 and Maverick finished seventh showing good pace. The only Yamaha that did not appear in the top positions was Rossi's and on the second day he was unable to improve his time from the previous day (1: 55.708 by 1: 55.584). It is true that for many years The Doctor has preferred to spend gunpowder in battle rather than in training, but it is also true that his debut at the Petronas SRT has been lackluster.

The opposite can be said by Aleix, who for the second day in a row has given off very good vibes with the Aprilia. After leading the first day, in the end he was third, surpassed only by the aforementioned Quartararo and by Miller. The Australian has remained 77 thousandths of the head and the Spanish at 0.212. Behind him, the aforementioned Morbidelli and right after in a brilliant fifth place has concluded the first of the two tests scheduled in Qatar, the replacement for Marc, a Bradl who is increasingly connected with the difficult Honda. Rounding out the top ten are Zarco, Maverick, Mir (he finished very soon when all three sets of tires that were worth him for the Suzuki ran out), Bagnaia and Rins.

Further back, Álex Márquez 14º, Martín 21º, Lecuona 24º and Pedrosa 25º finished in the combined Pol 12º, cutting their deficit by half a second with the head compared to the previous day to stay within seven tenths. . It should be noted that Martín lost the fight this time for being the best rookie after being surpassed by Bastianini (16th) and Marini (20th). And that negatively surprises the absence of any KTM among the top ten places, the best being that of Oliveira in eleventh position.

The MotoGP riders will return to the Losail asphalt on Wednesday, March 10, for three new test days that will be the last before the World Championship starts on March 28 on the Qatari track.

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