Cormac Shoots Qatar: MotoGP Is Back At Last

The fastest man in the world on his day. And Sunday was Maverick Viñales' day

Valentino Rossi, Carmelo Ezpeleta, and Jorge Viegas. The Dorna CEO and FIM President meet the boss of MotoGP

The champion had a decent race Sunday. Joan Mir started from tenth and almost ended up in second

Bad night for Danilo Petrucci. His race ended in the second corner

Ducati's shapeshifter is really obvious on corner exit. They have had to move the 'salad box' and fuel tank to accommodate the wheel.

The Aprilia really has made a step forward in 2021. The bike stayed in one piece, and Aleix Espargaro brought it home in seventh.

Keeping cool is vital in Qatar. Fabio Quartararo uses a cooling vest from Alpinestars before putting his leathers on

They weren't fast at Qatar, but the Tech3 KTMs looked fantastic under the lights. Iker Lecuona's helmet sets off the paint scheme perfectly. Now just get faster

Pecco Bagnaia came good for Ducati Lenovo squad, getting on the podium in his first race for the factory team

Franco Morbidelli's 2019 Yamaha M1. Morbidelli is still the only rider to use the carbon fiber swingarm

Like a lot of riders on Sunday night, Alex Rins was fast early and then used up his tires

Jorge Martin in a Suzuki sandwich. A lightning fast start, followed by dropping through the field like a stone

Jack Miller talks to Ducati Corse boss Gigi Dall'Igna. To the side, the Amazon crew filming Life at Speed, the series following the riders, hoping to emulate the success of Netflix' Drive to Survive

Miguel Oliveira expressed his irritation with Michelin for not bringing a usable front tire to Qatar

Old rider, new team, same problems

For a rider who isn't supposed to be able to battle, Maverick Viñales made some outstanding passes in the race

A front row start, but Fabio Quartararo ran out of rear tire in the race. But he came home fifth. That was a good result on a bad day

The Espargaro brothers turned out to be inseparable

What victory looks like

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After The Flag commentary and questions in the presser post race were the same. It is interesting how uninteresting he is? Crafar DID do a tip of the hat re the personal feat of coming back from a difficult nadir. 

Understandable that there is a lot of interest in many things, incl Yam/Vinales and Pecco/Red right around him on the podium. But still - is it that he seems like "the past?" That he is on a 2nd Team? French vs Spain/Italy passport? Has he made himself unpopular via the KTM debacle and causing excessive crashes of fellow riders? That his comments and answers are not as interesting as the others, lack of charm? Is he not being taken seriously as a racer, like this is a one off? 

Lovely race JZ5. Looking great Pramac. At speed and under lights the Ducati looks fantastic (opposite of the Yamaha blech livery). 

Difficult to make solid guesses re next Sunday, isn't it? Isn't that wonderful?


P.S. we have our confirmation that a big tv series is being made about beloved MotoGP! Drive To Survive was very well done (Winter was tough, forgive the foray into damn cars). Life At Speed ought to be too. But no Amazon here nor give that company a dime. Hope it can be seen elsewhere. It is SURE to do really well relative to the F1 one, because MOTHERFOOKIN MOTORBIKES man! So very much more interesting and compelling. Visceral.