The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar
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The past clues which hint at the MotoGP order in Qatar

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The MotoGP season kicks off this weekend in Qatar - two years after it last visited the Losail circuit for a race weekend as last season's round was called off. As ever, the pecking order is difficult to map out at this early stage of the season, but perhaps the 2019 race offers some clues as to how things might shake out...

This time 12 months ago, the season-opening MotoGP encounter in Qatar was cancelled as the chaos of COVID-19 began to unfurl across the globe. Mercifully, a year later, Friday practice for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix is in the books and we can theorise about how the race will shake-up rather than if we’ll see any racing at all.

All of pre-season testing took place on the Losail International Circuit, so Friday in Qatar was basically a case of picking up where the riders left off after the five days (well, effectively four, given the final day was ruined by high winds).

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