MotoGP Betting: 2021 Doha GP Analysis
After a sensational race at Qatar Grand Prix, the MotoGP riders return to the same Losail International Circuit for the second round of the 2021 season. Billed as the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha, the race will take place on Sunday, April 4, at the same venue, which should give the most successful riders from the first round an advantage, but if there’s one thing we know about MotoGP is that you never know what to expect. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the upcoming Doha GP so you can bet against their MotoGP odds.
MotoGP Doha Grand Prix Betting Analysis
Maverick Viñales dominated the field in the season opener, finishing the race over one second ahead of Johann Zarco in second and Francesco Bagnaia in third. And while Viñales’ phenomenal run is definitely one of the main topics to talk about when we think of the Qatar Grand Prix, there were a few more stand-out performances from drivers that perhaps didn’t win any silverware, but have proven they are not to be ignored going forward.
The reigning champion Joan Mir finished the race in fourth place, +1.222s behind his teammate. Although not the start of the season he has hoped for, we have to note that Mir started the race from 10th place, yet still managed to gain six spots by the end of it.
Similarly, Zarco deserves praise for his showing, having started the race in sixth and ended in second. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Franco Morbidelli, who ended the race in 18th place, over 23s behind Viñales even though he was seventh on the grid.
Will the same few drivers that impressed last weekend shine on Sunday is anyone’s guess, but the Qatar Grand Prix at least gave us a good insight of which drivers everyone should look out for heading into the second race of the season. Here are our four picks to keep an eye on for the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha.
Maverick Viñales – Odds to win: TBD
Maverick Viñales won the season-opening Qatar GP and it’s fair to say it was a hard-earned one. Even though it was all Ducati from lights out, Viñales achieved the unthinkable and sliced through to the front and claimed the checkered flag with over a second to spare.
The question ahead of the Tissot Grand Prix of Doha is whether Viñales can repeat his success at the same track, and while there are plenty of solid drivers in the field, it’s hard to find an argument that would lead you to believe Viñales can’t start the season with two wins.
Joan Mir – Odds to win: TBD
Joan Mir had to settle for a fourth-place finish in the season opener, which might not look all that good, but we have to note he has started 10th from the grid, so it’s not like Mir underperformed. On the contrary, he was one of the best drivers on the day and it’s more than fair to say that Mir would have won had he started the race in a better position.
Regardless, his fourth-place finish at the Qatar GP marked his best placement in Qatar in his three visits, so there is definitely a reason to be optimistic about Mir and his chances to impress on Sunday. His success, however, will – like in the first race – heavily rely on how well he does in the qualifying run.
Fabio Quartararo – Odds to win: TBD
The Frenchman will have a lot of work to do ahead of this race, namely looking at the numbers and try to figure out how has his teammate managed to be as fast, and where Viñales had an edge over him. Quartararo started the last race in second place, but only managed a sixth-place finish, which is obviously not a good look, but we wouldn’t overreact to results from one race.
Despite his underwhelming finish last weekend, the 21-year-old has locked in his best placement in Qatar, which leads us to believe he is slowly getting more comfortable on the track. Will that be enough for Quartararo to win his first race of the season, however, remains to be seen.
Outsider: Aleix Espargaro – Odds to win: TBD
Aleix Espargaro impressed last time out and ended the race in seventh, only 5.934s behind the race winner Viñales, which was the closest gap to the winner of an Aprilia in the MotoGP era. Even Espargaro’s fight for that seventh place was a story of its own, as it was no other than his younger brother Pol Espargaro, who he had to beat to the finish line.
Espargaro has yet to win a race in his MotoGP career nor has he claimed a single podium finish across the last nine years. Regardless, he has shown solid form last weekend and should be considered as a solid pick for a top-six finish.