The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2022 MotoGP season. Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will be riding their YZR-M1s under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit this coming weekend during the Grand Prix of Qatar, gunning for their first podium of the season.
Quartararo was the 2021 Doha GP winner and is eager to push to the limit again this year. Having shown good pace on used tyres during the winter testing, he is determined to make his, the team’s, and Yamaha’s hard work during the winter break pay off.
Having made a close to 100% recovery from his knee injury, Morbidelli is all the more keen for some action at the Losail track this year. The Italian previously secured a win in the Moto2 class in Qatar in 2017. Though the Doha track hasn’t been podium-rich for him in the premier class, he is hoping to change that this weekend.
Built on the outskirts of Doha, the Losail International Circuit was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2004 and became the first and only circuit in MotoGP to host a night-time Grand Prix four years later. The track’s flowing midsection suits the Yamaha, thanks to its mix of medium and high-speed corners (six left and ten right turns). However, the track is best known for its iconic over a kilometre long main straight followed by a steep first corner – a combination that offers plenty of overtakes, as shown in our latest ‘MotoGP eSport shoulder cam’ video.
As the Grand Prix of Qatar is the only night race of the year, the schedule of the upcoming race weekend differs slightly from the usual. The MotoGP FP1 session will take place on Friday afternoon from 13:40 – 14:25, local track time (GMT+3) followed by FP2 from 18:00 – 18:45. On Saturday, FP3 and FP4 will be held from 13:15 – 14:00 and 17:20 – 17:50, before the qualifying sessions from 18:00 – 18:40. On Sunday, the warm-up is held from 13:40 – 14:00 and the race starts at 18:00.