FP2 will decide the pass to Q2 after FP1 with Aleix in front

The most striking thing about the first free practice, almost anecdotal in the timing section, was the white smoke on Morbidelli's Yamaha and Zarco's crash at Turn 15.


Sight of the FP1 of the Doha GP, the best thing is that there is less left for FP2 to arrive, at 19:00 in Spanish time. And it is there that the first ten places with direct access to Q2 are decided because, in relation to the times table, the result of FP1 is almost anecdotal. It is good for the morale of Aleix Espargaró and all of Aprilia, without a doubt, because they have led with 1: 54.779 which has given them an advantage of 60 thousandths over Álex Rins, but they are the first to know that the times are still marked by sunlight. They will be slower than those that arrive later at night, with the track illuminated by the very effective spotlights that surround this Losail track, which for this year they have changed the bulbs they had for better LEDs.The most striking part of the first free practice was the white smoke that was seen twice on Franco Morbidelli's Yamaha. For fear that it was an engine breakdown and could fill the track with oil, Race Direction told the Petronas team through the dashboard (the virtual blackboard) that it had a technical problem so that it could leave the track as quickly as possible . On both occasions, the Italian-Brazilian drove his M1 through the circuit road without problems and entered the box without problems through the paddock. In addition, he was able to finish the session fifth, behind four Spanish riders, because Aleix and Rins were followed by Maverick Viñales and Jorge Martín.

The other notable incident in this FP1 was the fall of Johann Zarco at Turn 15. Although he was light, he was not injured. The one who also had a scare at the exit of that turn was Maverick, although the winner of the first race of the 2021 season was able to control the whiplash that his Yamaha gave him.

Petrucci, Quartararo, Mir, Bradl and Nakagami have completed the top ten places in the table. Further back, Pol 12º, Álex Márquez 13º, Rossi 17º and Lecuona 19º.

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