- 162 hp Power
- 129 Nm Torque
- 223 kg Dry Weight
It was a great Saturday of Qualifying for the Qatar GP, the first round of the 2021 MotoGP season, scheduled for tomorrow at the Losail International Circuit in the outskirts of Doha for Ducati.
After finishing FP3 in second place, Francesco Bagnaia took a stunning pole position in his second outing in Q2, signing a new all-time lap record with a fastest lap in 1:52.772. For the Ducati Lenovo Team rider, this is his maiden career pole position in MotoGP since his debut in the premier class in 2019. Teammate Jack Miller, who had topped the combined timesheets after the first three sessions, will start from the second row instead tomorrow with the fifth fastest time (1:53.215).
Completing the Borgo Panigale manufacturer's excellent day, Pramac Racing Team rider Johann Zarco achieved another historic milestone with his Ducati Desmosedici in tonight's FP4. On the long straight of the Losail International Circuit, the Frenchman hit 364.2 km/h, a new all-time MotoGP top speed record. He will start from the second row of the grid, with the sixth fastest time alongside Jack Miller.
Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 1:52.772 (1st)
"I feel comfortable with the Desmosedici GP, and I'm pleased with the work we were able to do today. Starting on pole position in tomorrow's race is a great way to begin this new chapter of my career with the Ducati Lenovo Team. However, I'm not particularly satisfied with the result obtained in the FP4 session, but I think that's entirely due to a wrong tyre choice. I'm sure that we will be strong and fast tomorrow in the race. It will be crucial to have a consistent pace from start to finish."