Nolan riders' 2017 debut in MotoGP
night race in Qatar was... wet.
affected the whole weekend, changing the game a lot, no qualifying; a
starting grid based on combined free practice laps. And the starting
procedures were all heavily delayed due to those weather conditions.
With Bastianini in Moto3, Kent in Moto2
and Rins as brand new Nolan talent in MotoGP, the latter of those
having the best weekend with his 9th place finish. But it
was an unlucky night for Danilo Petrucci who could not finish the
race due to technical problems.
Next race? Argentina ... but stay
tuned. This weekend it's time for Superbike in the outstanding Aragon
circuit, in Spain!
Alex Rins 9th
“My feeling is that it’s been an incredible race. I’ve learnt a lot more than in practice. At the beginning, I made a really good start. Then, in the race, it was a little hard for me to overtake faster racers. I think we have a very competitive bike for getting into the top-10 consistently. And for the next races, we will need to work more in the free practices to start in a better condition for the race.”
Danilo Petrucci Ret “I am very sorry for how things went. To be honest in the second warm up lap I felt something strange with the bike. During the race I could not manage to take full advantage of the power of the bike, especially on the straight. However I managed to improve my pace in the final part of the race. Then five laps from the end the bike stopped. It’s a shame but it’s only the first race and I’m looking forward to being in Argentina”.
Danny Kent 13th
"To be honest, this result is not up to expectations if you start from the sixth place. Before the race we made a change to the bike. Obviously, we have chosen the wrong way. During the first rounds, with full tank, the situation was still fine. The additional weight has a positive effect on the behaviour of the front under hard braking. But with the long-term distance, when the bike became easier and lighter, I got increasingly problems. It has shifted less weight forward, which is why almost the front wheel was folded several times. "Of course, it was not a big help that during the weekend, several sessions were cancelled, which was also the case with the official test a week ago, and today we have the first race with a completely new bike. I am satisfied, but overall a little disappointed. The fact is that we have to improve significantly in some areas until the next race in Argentina."
Enea Bastianini 16th
"I am pleased with the feeling I had with the bike in the race, especially towards the end with the worn tire. As happened last year, we have to work on the feeling with the tires, because I need to have more grip to go any faster cornering. Precisely because of the lack of feeling, the beginning of the race was difficult because I could not attack to be with the group of the best, and in the end I had to fight in the second set. "