Mir continues to suffer in the 'time attack' and Ducati recital

The champion will have to go through Q1 again, being only 13th in an FP2 with four Ducati in the top five: Miller, Bagnaia, Zarco and Martín (5th).


How beautiful and interesting FP2 at the Doha GP was, all the pilots aware that it was a kind of qualification to directly earn a pass to Q2 and avoid the hassle of going through Q1. And there have been winners and losers. Joy for Ducati, with four of its riders in the top five, with Jack Miller at the helm, and disgust in one part of the Suzuki box, because Joan Mir failed again on Friday.

Cash for the champion in the time attack for not being able to square a fast lap. He was thirteenth at the end of the session, a position that sent him to purgatory for the second consecutive week, to the play-off. It is not that it is a drama, because in the first race then he was able to go back to tenth place, but he had set himself for today the clear objective of improving this area and it continues to be a pending issue for him. On the other hand, his teammate Álex Rins has managed to sneak into the top ten. He did it with eighth place, half a second behind a Miller who was spectacular.

The Australian was about to leave by ears in the attempt before the 1: 53.145 that he ended up setting, which is 0.242 faster than he did last Friday to also set the best time on the first day of the GP. He is still 0.473 off the super time that his teammate Francesco Bagnaia made to reach pole and set a new record, but he is very good to start and will surely restore the confidence lost after last week's two crashes and his disappointing ninth place on the run.

After Miller, Bagnaia was classified at 0.313, followed by Zarco, Quartararo, Martín, Aleix, Morbidelli, Rins, Maverick and Bradl until completing the first ten places. Special mention should be made of the fifth place of the rookie Martín, who riding alone with his Pramac team Ducati even got to the front of the table with 14 minutes remaining. There is a photo on the screen at the moment, because it looks like it will be the first of many times. It is incredible how well the Madrilenian is adapting to the category. On Sunday he made a salidón, recovering from the fourteenth to the fourth, and now this. The Moto3 champion is going to crack.

Also highlighted throughout the day Aleix, who led the FP1 with the Aprilia and finished the sixth day, well ahead, among others, of his brother Pol, who was seventeenth, just behind an Álex Márquez who went to the ground, the same as his teammate Nakagami on another hard day for Honda in which the best of his was Bradl with ninth place.

Nor did Rossi have a good day, fourteenth after his best lap was canceled for clearly exceeding the limits of the track. The last one finished a Lecuona with compartment syndrome problems, which generates stiffness in the forearm and which makes it very difficult to ride any motorcycle, and even more so if it is a MotoGP.

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