Qatar GP: Quartararo tops warm-up ahead of race

In the final Qatar GP session before the first race of 2021 gets underway, its Fabio Quartararo on top, in very tricky conditions around Losail.

Race day begins with very windy conditions for the riders to deal with, which could become an issue as the day progresses.

As a last chance to make any set-up adjustments, all riders apart from Jack Miller were out on track as soon as the green flag was waved, the Australian took to the track with ten minutes remaining.

The Ducati looks like a handful in the windier conditions on track, so if the wind continues into the race, the Italian squad could have a problem on their hands.

Yamaha ended the warm-up session with a one-two, Quartararo set a 1m55.147s lap, 0.138s faster than teammate Maverick Vinales.

Johann Zarco put his Pramac in third, 0.048s slower than second placed Vinales.

LCR Honda had a strong session, Alex Marquez finishing in fourth, 0.012s faster than his teammate Taka Nakagami, Pol Espargaro was next on the Repsol Honda.

Rookie Enea Bastianini had a good session too, the Italian finished seventh, 0.014s faster than Stefan Bradl who was eighth.

Luca Marini and Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top-ten, 0.012s separated the two Italians.

Joan Mir ended the session in 11th on the Suzuki, with Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro 0.004s behind the Spaniard.

Alex Rins took 13th place in warm-up, with KTM’s Miguel Oliveira in 14th, the Austrian manufacturer still struggling around Losail.

Pole-sitter Pecco Bagnaia finished 15th, with Brad Binder 0.157s behind.

Tech3 rider Danilo Petrucci ended the session in 17th, with MotoGP debutant Jorge Martin in 18th.

Iker Lecuona and Valentino Rossi completed the top-20, with 0.319s separating the two.

The Ducati of Miller finished warm-up in 21st, with Lorenzo Savadori ending the session 0.747s behind in 22nd.

The Qatar GP is now just a few hours away, and it is anyone’s for the taking, who do you think will win the first race of 2021? Be sure to let us know!