The famous floodlights of the Qatari circuit welcomed the MotoGP World Championship today paired with strong winds. With a decent start to the opening round of 2021, Iker Lecuona made up several positions coming from P20 on the grid. In the course of the first laps he made it to the top 15, but had take out some speed struggling with his right arm. Crossing the line in P18 at halftime of the race, he managed to recover one more position to eventually finish 17th with some steady lap times.

Tech3 KTM Factory Racing‘s new comer Danilo Petrucci was doing significant steps in the right direction throughout the weekend. In Warm Up he progressed further but was unlucky when the red lights went off for his orange debut at the Losail International Circuit, as he unfortunately crashed out on the first lap after being touched by another rider, leaving him no chance to avoid the gravel.


Iker Lecuona

Position: 17th

Championship: 17th

Points: -

“For one side, I am happy, because I finished the race although I was struggling with my arm. On the first lap, I felt very good with the bike and could fight for the points and with many riders. Therefore, I’m satisfied and also because my performance was pretty good. Later on, I did some mistakes due to my arm, I lost control of my bike, so I had to stay calm in order to finish the race.”

“Although I was struggling in the middle of the race, I could gain a bit more confidence towards the end. I could overtake Morbidelli and was fighting with Marini, but finally he was in front of me by just a tenth of a second. I’m quite happy, also because this was my first ever race here in Qatar. I want to thank my team for their work, we changed something in the Warm Up and it helped me a lot. Now I can’t wait for next week.”


Danilo Petrucci

Position: DNF

Championship: -

Points: -

“I don’t have many words. I’m just very sorry. Unfortunately, I touched another rider and crashed really hard at turn two. This is probably the worst thing, that could happen for my first race with the team. The good news is, that I’m not injured, which is super important. I’m so sorry for my guys and for everyone. We’ll try again next week!”


Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager

“It was definitely not the weekend for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team. We’ve been working hard all week long and although the grid positions where not what we were expecting, we were quite confident we could improve during the race and score some points with our two riders, especially with Danilo and it would have been nice for his first ever race with KTM.”

“Unfortunately, his race didn’t even last a lap. It looks like there was a contact with another rider and this is very sad and very disappointing to start our new adventure like that. But it’s part of racing unfortunately. We hope he is going to be ok, because he was complaining a bit about shoulder pain.”

“Iker did a brave race. Unfortunately, he still has some issues with his right arm, which caused him a few slow laps. Otherwise, the speed was there and on quite a few laps he was as quick as the leaders. So, clearly, Iker has got a great potential to ride a MotoGP bike fast, we knew that before.”

“Let’s hope our two guys will be feeling good physically for next week. Let’s wait and see what Miguel and Brad have said and let’s meet and think about what to do to be better for next weekend. Although the final positions where not what we were hoping for, the. Situation is a lot more positive than it looks. Let’s keep on working, let’s keep on pushing and let’s see what is going to happen here in Losail next week.”


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