The australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) He came back on his own terms, as he did last season, and set the best time at the end of the first day of practice for the Doha MotoGP Grand Prix at the Losail circuit.
Miller, with a time of 1: 53.145, surpassed by more than three tenths of a second the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), with fellow Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, as the first non-Ducati rider, at the handlebar of his Yamaha YZR M 1.
Bagnaia was the first to scratch a significant amount of tenths of a second at the time that in the morning he had credited Spaniard Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) as the fastest, riding at 1: 54.074, fulfilling the logical forecast of improving performance by also improving environmental conditions.
In those first minutes after Bagnaia he stood Spanish debutant Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), which in the morning was already very successful in setting the fourth best time, with the world leader, also Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), third.
There was still a lot of training ahead and there was surprise as Jorge Martín managed to reach the last laps with a very good rhythm that allowed him to snatch the first place by eighteen thousandths of a second from Bagnaia when he rolled in 1: 54.056, and although the position, because behind him passed Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), With a better stopwatch, the truth is that the work done in his team had had the desired effect.
Rins was not happy either, since Frenchman Fabio Quartararo took the first position from him by 43 thousandths of a second and it was not the last since Aleix Espargaró seemed to want to make it clear that the Aprilia RS-GP is now ready to fight with the best and recovered the first position by rolling in 1: 53.646.
There was still ten minutes of effective training ahead and anything could happen, as in fact it did, because in the final fight there were some errors when exceeding the limits of the track, which meant the cancellation of fast laps of some drivers such as the Italian Valentino Rossi or the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), which fell apart a short time later.
Among the good news was the recovery of the Italian Franco Morbidelli, who in the morning had problems with the engines of his two Yamaha YZR M 1s, but once these were solved, apparently, he managed to ascend to second place barely 53 thousandths of a second behind Espargaró.
And among the surprises, the final performance of the Australian Jack Miller, who starred in a fast lap of 1: 53.145, which endorsed no less than half a second to his immediate pursuer, although shortly afterwards Quartararo surpassed the Spanish and stayed within four tenths Miller’s second.
Shortly after both Jorge Martín and the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and the Italian Pecco Bagnaia, second between Miller and Zarco, who surpassed the Aprilia rider, who in the end he had to settle for sixth position
Spaniard Alex Márquez (Honda RC 213 V) crashed near the end of the session and he could not fight to enter the second classification when he was sixteenth, nor did Danilo Petrucci (KTM RC 16), world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), thirteenth, or Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1), who finished behind him, with Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) in seventeenth position.
Yes they achieved their objective Franco Morbidelli, the Spanish Spaniards Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales, eighth and ninth respectively, in addition to the German Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda RC 213 V)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.