RACE Report

Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2024 - Race

10 March 2024Lusail International Circuit – Qatar

 

Race start: 20:00 (GMT+3)  – Race Length: 22 Laps equal to 118.36 km / 73.48 miles – Dry Track

Air Temperature (end of session): 22°C / 71°F

Track Temperature (end of session): 26°C / 79°F


MIGUEL OLIVEIRA : “It looked like a very promising weekend. We had good speed on Saturday and finally we couldn’t make it happen in the race. The long lap really penalized us a lot. I had to do the long lap early in the race when the group is more compact and I just lost time and track position. So, I had to regain a few positions while I was trying to conserve the tire. Many things were going on at the same time. I tried to push a lot at the end to try to gain some time when everybody else was struggling, but couldn’t make it. A point for the effort, but we are not happy how the weekend finished. I believe we still need a little bit more time to get the best out of the bike. That’s what I want to believe. I think the team is able to do it, we just need some time, need to keep working and put our heads down to get the best out of ourselves.

Race Position: 15

Race Points: 1 – Championship Standing: 15 –  Total Points: 1

Race Time: 39’55.586 – Best Lap: 1’53.401

Average Speed: 169.7 km/h / 105.45 mph – Top Speed: 354 km/h / 219.96 mph

CORE

  • Served the long lap penalty imposed at Qatar, last season
  • Battled back to take a valuable point – the first MotoGP point in Trackhouse history.

RAUL FERNANDEZ : “Honestly, I’m really frustrated. After a really good Warm Up and a really good weekend in general, we were very competitive. On the grid I had an issue with the electronics, I don’t know why exactly. We have to analyze the data. I saw the lights on the dashboard and saw there was something not right. We tried to find a solution in the pitlane, but we didn’t find a possibility to ride with that bike. So, I had to run to the other bike, that had used tires and with that my race was almost done. I tried to do the race, but the last five laps it was really difficult to manage the tires, I couldn’t ride and entered the garage.

Race Position: DNF

Race Points: 0 – Championship Standing: N/A –  Total Points: 0

Race Time: 32’ 41.033 – Best Lap: 1’53.638

Average Speed: 167.8 km/h / 104.26 mph – Top Speed: 355.2 km/h / 220.7 mph

CORE

  • Electronic warning light before the sighting lap forced a start from the back of the grid
  • Fought through the back markers to 17th on the second bike – running on used tires
  • Retired after 17 laps uncomfortable with the feel of the bike.

Qatar Airways Grand Prix of Qatar 2024 – Race

1. Francesco BAGNAIA (Ducati) 39’34.869, 2. Brad BINDER (KTM) +1.329, 3. Jorge MARTIN (Ducati) +1.933,
15. Miguel OLIVEIRA (aprilia) +20.717, DNF. Raul FERNANDEZ (aprilia).

MotoGP World Championship Classification 2024 – After Race 1

1. Francesco BAGNAIA (Ducati) 31 pts; 2. Brad BINDER (KTM) 29 pts; 3. Jorge MARTIN (Ducati) 28 pts;
15. Miguel OLIVEIRA (aprilia) 1 pts; 22. Raul FERNANDEZ (aprilia) 0 pts.

Trackhouse Racing MotoGP – MotoGP Independent Team World Standing : P6 – 1 pts

 

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