The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team gained good momentum at the Malaysian GP last weekend and are determined to keep the upward trajectory going under the floodlights of the Lusail International Circuit this coming weekend at the Grand Prix of Qatar.
Quartararo‘s good speed and pace during the Malaysian GP have given him an extra boost ahead of the final two rounds. He arrives in Qatar eager to fight for top results again. Though the Lusail track hasn‘t always been successful for the Frenchman, he was the 2021 Doha GP winner. Currently in joint 9th position with Jack Miller in the standings, El Diablo is fully motivated to push to the limit again this weekend to see if he can climb up.
After some hard battles and gaining eight positions in the Malaysian GP Race, Morbidelli is all the more keen to see what he can achieve at Lusail this year. This track, like Sepang, has plenty of places to overtake, and the Italian knows how to use them, as is evident from his win in the Moto2 class in Qatar in 2017. He is currently holding 13th place in the rankings.
Built on the outskirts of Doha, the Lusail International Circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2004 and became the first and only circuit in MotoGP to host a night-time Grand Prix four years later. The track‘s flowing midsection has a mix of medium and high-speed corners (six left and ten right). However, the track is best known for its iconic over a kilometre long main straight followed by a steep first corner – a combination that offers plenty of overtaking opportunities.
Those who want to get to know more about some of the key points of the circuit can watch this week‘s MotoGP eSport video.
As the Grand Prix of Qatar is the only night race of the year, the schedule of the upcoming race weekend slightly differs from the usual. MotoGP‘s FP1 will take place on Friday afternoon from 15:45 - 16:30, local track time (GMT +3) followed by the Practice session from 20:00 - 21:00. On Saturday, FP2 will be held from 15:00 - 15:30, before the qualifying sessions from 15:40 - 16:20 and the Sprint starts at 20:00. On Sunday, the warm-up is held from 15:40 - 15:50 and the race starts at 20:00.