MotoGP: Doha Grand Prix rider ratings
This is how I would rate the MotoGP riders after the Doha Grand Prix.
Jorge Martin - Qualified 1st/Finished 3rd - 10/10:
This rookie is something else as he charged to pole position on his Pramac Ducati. He said before the race that he would learn from riders in front of him and he was aiming for a top six finish. But when the lights went out Martin took the lead! Jorge stayed in the lead until the late stages when he was passed by Fabio Quartararo. Johann Zarco, Jorge's teammate, then passed him and pushed Martin down to third. Where he stayed until the end of the race! A pole and a podium in Martin's second MotoGP race!
Fabio Quartararo - Qualified 5th/Finished 1st - 10/10:
The flying Frenchman takes first win of the 2021 season! Fabio rode beautifully all race long, he dropped back to around eleventh in the early stages of the race. But he showed great maturity to carve his way back through the pack and pass the two Pramac Ducati's, who were leading the race. Fabio then used what he had left of his tyres and he blasted away to claim a clear victory! What a mature ride from the young French rider to put him second in the World Championship!
Johann Zarco - Qualified 2nd/Finished 2nd - 10/10
Johann Zarco qualified in second place on the grid, just behind Martin. During the race Zarco sat pretty in second place as he was following his teammate round the track. In the late stages of the race, when Fabio passed Martin, Zarco made a break for it to reclaim second place and charged after his fellow Frenchman, but he had not got enough left to keep up with the Yamaha. But I am sure Zarco will be happy with second place as he now leads the MotoGP World Championship!
Alex Rins - Qualified 8th/Finished 4th - 9/10:
Rins fell victim of the Suzuki's poor qualifying once again as he had to start from the third row on the grid. But this never seems to faze Alex as he made a charge for the podium, but he was unsuccessful as he dropped back from the front three in the late stages. However, Rins was still able to finish in fourth place which is a tremendous ride for the Suzuki man as it puts him fifth in the World Championship.
Brad Binder - Qualified 18th/Finished 8th - 8/10
The South African rider has managed to claim KTM's first ever top ten finish at Losail! It looked like it would be another tough weekend for Binder as he qualified in eighteenth. But when the lights went out Brad was on the charge as he managed to claw back up to eighth place! The gamble of the medium front tyre paid off for Binder!
Enea Bastianini - Qualified 19th/Finished 11th - 7.5/10:
The rookie has had another strong result in Qatar, but it was obviously overshadowed by Jorge Martin. Enea has showed that he is a better racer than qualifier. Bastianini started at the head of the seventh row and managed to fight his way up through the pack and crossed the line in an impressive eleventh place. Enea should leave Qatar feeling incredibly happy as he has finished tenth and eleventh in his first two races in MotoGP.
Joan Mir - Started 9th/Finished 7th - 7/10:
The reigning World Champion did well to fight his way through the field after also qualifying badly on his Suzuki. Mir managed to fight his way up to seventh place, he may have been able to do even better but after contact and an on-track skirmish with Jack Miller, he was unable to make much more progress.
Maverick Vinales - Qualified 3rd/Finished 5th - 6/10:
This performance was decent from Maverick, but it was not up to the same level as his race win in the Qatar Grand Prix. Vinales started third, again, and dropped back to eighth place. But he kept his composure and fought back through with his teammate, but on this occasion, it was Fabio that went the whole way and won. Whereas Vinales was left stranded down in 6th place. Maverick now sits 3rd in the World Championship.
Francesco Bagnaia - Qualified 6th/Finished 6th - 5/10
Bagnaia finished the race where he qualified. He did not show anything too special this weekend, like he did last. It was a very average weekend from the Factory Ducati rider.
Pol Espargaro - Qualified 15th/Finished 13th - 4.5/10
Compared to Pol's weekend at the Qatar Grand Prix, the Doha Grand Prix was not as good. The new Repsol Honda man raced well to find himself up in the top ten. However, Pol did make a few mistakes which is what caused him to drop down to thirteenth. Pol has made a decent start in Repsol Honda colours and I hope he continues to improve.
Jack Miller - Qualified 4th/Finished 9th - 4/10
I bet Jack Miller cannot wait to see the back of Losail! It has been a horrendous two races for the Australian. Jack has had a lot of pressure and expectations on his shoulders from his new team and the media, but nobody expected him to perform this poor. Miller did not seem to have the race rhythm in Qatar. It also did not help that he collided with Joan Mir twice.
Aleix Espargaro - Qualified 7th/Finished 10th - 4/10
The Aprilia man went backwards in the Doha Grand Prix. Aleix looked like he could give so much more at Doha, but it just did not happen. Has the Aprilia improved? Honestly, I do not know yet, once racing begins in Europe we will know.
Franco Morbidelli - Qualified 10th/Finished 12th - 3.5/10
Once again Morbidelli has had a shocking weekend from what we are used to! Morbidelli qualified in tenth and it looked like Franco had found some good race pace after his engines began smoking in free practice 2. Once the race began Morbidelli did not go forward but instead he went backwards! Twelfth place was not a good result for Morbidelli, and he will be hoping to improve at Portimao.
Miguel Oliveira - Qualified 12th/Finished 15th - 3/10
The Portuguese rider managed to qualify in twelfth place. Miguel had a lightning start and jumped all the way up to the top five! But after seven laps Oliveira began to drop like a stone and he ended up back down in fifteenth.
Stefan Bradl - Qualified 11th/Finished 14th - 3/10
Stefan stood in again at the Doha Grand Prix. Bradl managed to qualify as the best Honda at Doha as he started from eleventh. Bradl finished in fourteenth, which is a good result for the German. He is starting to get back into the swing of things, and it will be a shame once Marc Marquez returns.
Valentino Rossi - Qualified 21st/Finished 16th - 2.5/10
'The Doctor' has had another disastrous weekend in Qatar! Rossi has struggled to find rear grip in Losail, and it did not improve this weekend! Valentino has had his career worse qualifying and finished outside of the points in the Doha Grand Prix.
Takaaki Nakagami - Qualified 16th/Finished 17th - 2/10
The Japanese LCR Honda rider continued the team's poor form in 2021. Takaaki qualified down in sixteenth place on the sixth row and then dropped a place in the race.
Alex Marquez - Qualified 14th/Did Not Finish - 2/10
Alex Marquez had another DNF for LCR Honda at the Doha Grand Prix. However, he did qualify up in fourteenth place which is decent. But his race again ended early as he found himself in the gravel.
Luca Marini - Qualified 13th/Finished 18th - 2/10
The young rookie had a poor show in the Doha Grand Prix. His qualifying was extraordinarily strong as he narrowly missed out on Q2. But in the race Luca did not have the pace and dropped like a stone during the race as he fell to 18th place. Luca still seems to be adapting to life in MotoGP.
Danilo Petrucci - Qualified 17th/Finished 19th - 2/10
Danilo is still having a tough time at KTM. Danilo had a better qualifying than last week, but it was still not great. Petrucci's race pace was not great to be fair. But at least Danilo made it past turn 3 this week!
Lorenzo Savadori - Qualified 22nd/Finished 20th - 1.5/10
Savadori qualified last and finished last of the racers that finished. But I will give him higher than a 1 rating this week. This is because he drastically improved his race pace. Last week Lorenzo finished 46.346 seconds behind Maverick Vinales, this week Savadori finished 38.775 seconds behind Fabio Quartararo. This shows that Savadori is making little improvements each race.
Iker Lecuona - Qualified 20th/Did Not Finish - 1/10
Iker had an awful weekend at the Doha Grand Prix. He qualified in 20th place, but he could not find his way forward and ended his race in the gravel. Lecuona still seems to struggle to find consistency on a MotoGP bike.