PETRONAS Yamaha SRT hoping for reversal of fortunes at DohaGP

2021-04-01 05:34
This weekend will see PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli back in action at the Losail International Circuit, where the pair will be hoping to come away from the Grand Prix of Doha with results that match their potential.

Although Rossi’s fourth place on the grid went ultimately unrewarded last time out, the Italian will be hoping this qualifying strength pays dividends this weekend in his search for a ninth podium at the Qatari circuit. The last time that Valentino visited the QatarGP rostrum was in 2018 when he finished third, after starting the race from eighth.

Team-mate Morbidelli’s QatarGP race was unfortunately marred by a mechanical issue that surfaced whilst on the grid. Franco and his team will be aiming to rectify this for the coming weekend and reverse the bad fortune that he has experienced in recent years at Losail. Morbidelli will be hoping to get back into the championship fight with a good haul of points from Sunday’s race.

For Rossi and Morbidelli, the Grand Prix of Doha will get underway on Friday with Free Practice 1 at 3.40pm local time (8.40pm MYT), with lights out for Sunday’s 22-lap race at 8pm local time (1am MYT).

Valentino Rossi

We did expect more from the QatarGP but I struggled in the race and we suffered with the rear tyre. We still have positives to take with us to the next round because P4 in qualifying was a great result, it was my fastest ever lap at the circuit, and I was very happy with this. Now, we will comprehensively analyse the data during these days before Free Practice and try to fix the problems that we had, try to improve the feeling and hopefully this weekend we will have a better result.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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