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MotoGP, Qatar GP 2022: numbers, statistics, curiosities. Losail is a Yamaha track, but Ducati tries to undermine the hegemony


On Sunday 6 March , still in the middle of winter, the curtain will rise on the 2022 World Championship . The stage for the first of twenty-one acts scheduled for this season will be the Losail International Circuit, where the Qatar Grand Prix will be held. The Middle Eastern context has now become usual for the world championship, having entered the calendar back in 2004 . Since 2007 it has assumed the almost fixed role of opening the new competitive year and, since 2008, it can enjoy the status of the only night race of the entire season. Let’s go, therefore, to discover the statistics and curiosities related to the appointment.

The premier class had 18 races in Losail, one fewer than the lower categories. This is because in 2020 the competition was canceled due to the rampant Covid-19 pandemic. Moto2 and Moto3 were able to take to the track anyway, as riders and teams were already present on site before the “squeeze” on international travel. It should also be noted how, of the 18 tests sent on stage, “only” 17 had the denomination of GP of Qatar. Last year, in fact, a double header was disputed in order to recover the canceled Argentine GP. Therefore an impromptu Doha Grand Prix was added.

The most successful riders in Losail are Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi , both of whom have reached 4 victories. The Australian won in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, while the Doctor did so in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015. As you can see, the centaur native of Southport holds the record of consecutive successes , being the the only one who managed to achieve a three-game winning streak. At the same time, the Italian holds the longevity record , having excelled within a decade.

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There are four active men to boast a victory in Losail in their palmares. Andrea Dovizioso (2018, 2019) and Maverick Viñales (2017, 2021 ) triumphed twice. In addition, Marc Marquez (2014) and Fabio Quartararo (2021) also took places on 1 single occasion.

4 – STONER Casey [AUS] (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
4 – ROSSI Valentino [ITA] (2005, 2006, 2010, 2015)
3 – LORENZO Jorge [SPA] (2012, 2013, 2016)
2 – DOVIZIOSO Andrea [ITA] (2018, 2019)
2 – VIÑALES Maverick [SPA] (2017, 2021 Qatar)
1 – GIBERNAU Sete [SPA] (2004)
1 – MARQUEZ Marc [SPA] (2014)
1 – QUARTARARO Fabio [FRA] (2021 Doha)

It should also be noted that Casey Stoner was the only rider able to win on two different bikes . The Australian achieved his first three wins on the Ducati , while the last one was collected on the Honda .

Speaking of manufacturers , so far three different manufacturers have excelled in Losail. Yamaha boasts 10 claims, including three consecutive with three different men (!) Between 2015 and 2017. Then follows Ducati with 5 wins, while Honda closes at 3 , historically never really at ease on this one. track.

Since Moto2 has existed, only one rider has been able to excel on more than one occasion in Losail. This is the British Sam Lowes , who however used the double header of 2021, as evidenced by the roll of honor.
2010 – TOMIZAWA Shoya [JPN]
2011 – BRADL Stefan [GER]
2012 – MARQUEZ Marc [SPA]
2013 – ESPARGARO ‘Pol [SPA]
2014 – RABAT Tito [SPA]
2015 – FOLGER Jonas [GER]
2016 – LÜTHI Thomas [SUI]
2017 – MORBIDELLI Franco [ITA]
2018 – BAGNAIA Francesco [ITA]
2019 – BALDASSARRI Lorenzo [ITA]
2020 – NAGASHIMA Tetsuta [JPN]
2021 – LOWES Sam [GBR] {GP Qatar}
2021 – LOWES Sam [GBR] {GP Doha}
There are therefore three Italian successes , which arrived consecutively between 2017 and 2019. As for the riders currently engaged in Moto2, only Lowes has already won in Qatar.

The rider capable of repeating his own affirmation has yet to be born in Moto3. The roll of honor is indeed eloquent:
2012 – VIÑALES Maverick [SPA]
2013 – SALOM Luis [SPA]
2014 – MILLER Jack [AUS]
2015 – MASBOU Alexis [FRA]
2016 – ANTONELLI Niccolò [ITA]
2017 – MIR Joan [SPA]
2018 – MARTIN Jorge [SPA]
2019 – TOBA Kaito [JPN]
2020 – ARENAS Albert [SPA]
2021 – MASIA Jaume [SPA] {GP Qatar}
2021 – ACOSTA Pedro [SPA] {GP Doha}
Therefore, among the centaurs who will race in 2022, there are a couple who are already able to impose themselves in Losail. Let’s talk about Kaito Toba and Jaume Masià .

Jorge Lorenzo is the only driver to have won in three different classes . The Spaniard triumphed in the 125cc in 2004, subsequently imposed himself in the 250cc in 2006 and 2007, after which he harpooned three victories in MotoGP (2012, 2013, 2016). His primacy appears destined to last for a long time since none of the riders currently engaged in the top class can boast of successes in both Moto2 and Moto3. Indeed Mir and Miller excelled in Moto3, but not in Moto2, unlike Morbidelli and Bagnaia.