Red Bull KTM Ajo look for another good result, while John McPhee aims to recover ground at the Doha Grand Prix.
After a hectic Round 1, with the top 7 riders separated by less than a second, it’s time to do it all again this weekend.
Red Bull KTM Ajo riders Jaume Masia and rookie Pedro Acosta will be aiming to recreate last week’s 1-2. Early signs show that the pairing is a force to be reckoned with in Qatar, and are the ones to beat this weekend.
South African Darryn Binder will be out to make amends after being in pole position last week, but finishing 3rd on board the Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda. He out-witted the opposition and went through Q1 last Saturday, and so will be after more of the same – with the added bonus of a win.
Rookie Izan Guevara looked mighty strong in his race last week, with a 7th on board the GASGAS Gavlota Aspar bike, and will be looking for solid points – or maybe more – this week back at the Losail Circuit. His teammate, Sergio Garcia, will also be looking to get onto the podium this week, after his 4th place in the first round of the championship.
Leopard Racing’s Xavier Artigas has been handed a double long-lap penalty for his bold manoeuvre last weekend on Lap 3, which caused 3 potential championship contenders – John Mcphee, Andrea Migno and Jeremy Alcoba- to all crash out together. The 17-year-old from Barcelona looked strong up to that point and holds the fastest race lap, so it is still realistic for him to get points.
John Mcphee will be looking to recover ground this weekend after being wiped out. He needs a good handful of points with a good qualifying for confidence purposes, but also to gain ground on the riders at the top of the championship, who already seem a very long way away in the points standings.
Gabriel Rodrigo had a good start last week, and will be looking to better that on board his Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3 machine.
Japanese CIP Green Power rider Kaito Toba looked incredibly strong in the early stages of the first race, but dropped back towards the latter part, so will be eager to improve on his result in the race this week.
As always, there will be a leading group of 20 riders all fanning out into Turn 1, but it’s the rider that crosses the line first that counts. We are looking forward to watching them all sort it out at dusk on Sunday, in Qatar.
Free Practice 1 will start tomorrow at 13:50 Local Time (GMT +3).
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