2021 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 2, Doha, Losail, Qatar

1 Johann Zarco Ducati 40  
2 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 36 -4
3 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 36 -4
4 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 26 -14
5 Alex Rins Suzuki 23 -17
6 Joan Mir Suzuki 22 -18
7 Jorge Martin Ducati 17 -23
8 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 15 -25
9 Jack Miller Ducati 14 -26
10 Pol Espargaro Honda 11 -29
11 Enea Bastianini Ducati 11 -29
12 Brad Binder KTM 10 -30
13 Stefan Bradl Honda 7 -33
14 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 4 -36
15 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 4 -36
16 Miguel Oliveira KTM 4 -36
17 Luca Marini Ducati 0 -40
18 Iker Lecuona KTM 0 -40
19 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 0 -40
20 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 0 -40
21 Danilo Petrucci KTM 0 -40
22 Alex Marquez   0 -40
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Jack looking desperate. Ducati: such good place to work...no they aren't, they have fought with and alienated every rider they've had. I hope Jack can handle what Gigi and the rest of the slavedrivers are getting ready to dump on him because if he doesn't podium in Portugal the S is going to HTF like it has with every other rider they've had. Still, even with all the pressure, the way he rammed Mir was childish and made Jack look like a big baby. Mir's pass was hard but you don't ram someone on the straight then gesture like a panicky rookie. I thought I was watching a young Romano Fenati not a mature Aussie. Great race!

I'm a huge fan of Jack but he's gone out of his way over the last two weekends to bugger it up in his own new and original way.

IMO whoever wins a race first out of Jack and Pecco this season will become the no. 1 within that team.

Mirs contact was a racing incident, get over it Jack. Twice in turn 10?

Jack's "bump" was unnecessary and dumb. Could have ended badly. Unprofessional!

Maybe in 250 production racing in the 80s but not now. Yes Brian, very Romano Fenati.

Race direction says "No further action" Lucky Jack.

Leaves a bad taste after a great race. Congratulations Fabio Quartararo. Jorge Martin & Johann Zarco.

Just 18 months ago Zarco was at the low point of his life. Like a true racer he fought and turned his career around by shining on a Pramac and his life too by leaving his controlling manager. What a story, what a feat !

He turned his career around by shining on an Aventia.  As I stated when he was with Tech3, the more I hear him talk, the better I like him. I think he got a bum rap as a dirty rider. He seems hard but fair. Racing at this level isn't for the squeamish. 


I like Zarco, back a ways. He is bold, was able to blast the Yamaha around in an atypical aggressive style when needed AND be very smooth. For sure forgave his Orange mishap without criticism. Appreciating his adaptation to the Ducati, not an easy task. 

And he seems to change the luck of riders in his immediate vicinity too, eh? Of this grid, he is one of the ones that bends everyone else's trust far. When he isn't settled in, he can be over reaching and dangerous, like clattering. When settled in he can be dangerous in a good way.


Things are year in and year out predictable at this circuit.

In no particular order, Ducati do well at their perenial season opener hunting ground courtesy of the 1000 meter dragstrip section. FP1 and FP3 are irrelevant other than ensuring everything on anyones bike is actually functional and reliable. The races across all classes are always enthralling and 90% of them are decided on the last lap. Quatar throws up great racing on the evening and other than that I suggest it is generally a relief for teams, riders and spectatators whether home or not to be shot of the place in general.

Is the stage set for the championship post Quatar 2021 part 1 and 2?. I actually think it is with the favourites being Yamaha factory and Suzuki. I see Ducati/KTM/Honda/Aprilia L4's having their moments at certain circuits but the consistency will be Yamaha factory vs Suzuki.

Championship leader Zarco has done a fantastic job of being promoted to Pramac, new parts race tester, whilst taking the bike to the top of title chase after 2 rounds. Could he extend his lead at Portimao? I think he can. The place also has a very fast straight and he knows the place well. Ducati 2021 title aspirations sit on Zarco's shoulders. That is a very early shout, but I don't see Miller nor Bagnaia getting the better of Zarco/Martin over season's length unless they pull the plug on Pramac technical support. Speaking of which, have Yamaha pulled that plug on Frankie (they don't need to on Rossi). KTM and title aspirations? Bum start to the season for them. Catching up now will be difficult...rather impossibe unless Binder can keep pitching up on Sunday with ruthless regularity all the way to the flag.