MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales wins season-opening Qatar in windy, sandy situations

MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales wins season-opening Qatar in windy, sandy situations

Francesco Bagnaia on one other Ducati got here third on his first experience within the manufacturing facility group after beginning on pole, beating reigning champion Joan Mir of Suzuki again into fourth within the last moments of the race

MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales wins season-opening Qatar in windy, sandy conditions

Maverick Vinales (centre) poses with Ducati riders Johann Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia after profitable the season-opening Qatar MotoGP on Sunday. Picture courtesy: Twitter/@MotoGP

Doha: Dad-to-be Maverick Vinales gained the season-opening Qatar MotoGP on a Yamaha on Sunday pushing France’s Ducati rider Johann Zarco into second regardless of windy, sandy situations.

Italy’s Francesco Bagnaia on one other Ducati got here third on his first experience within the manufacturing facility group after beginning on pole, beating reigning champion Joan Mir of Suzuki again into fourth within the last moments of the race.

“I felt the potential, I used to be taking every little thing calmly,” Vinales, 26, mentioned after his win.

“I attempted to be very sensible, very calm… lastly I opened a niche and I used to be making an attempt to get the ability.

“I can say nothing extra apart from to say thanks to my household, particularly my shut household.”

“You already know my spouse and I are ready for a child,” added Vinales who married girlfriend Raquel earlier this month and introduced that the couple expect their first little one.

Vinales overcame a sluggish begin by which he and the opposite Yamahas had been left standing by the Ducatis, earlier than steadily advancing on the Italian bikes.

He took the lead with eight laps to go, seeing off Bagnaia whereas Mir made up six locations with 4 laps remaining after beginning in tenth place.

With one lap left, Vinales had a snug lead of greater than a second and a half, greater than sufficient for victory, whereas Zarco, Bagnaia and Mir fought for the rostrum.

 

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