Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season started with back-to-back races on the Losail Worldwide Circuit, the place Ducati had gained on MotoGP’s earlier Qatar visits in 2019 and 2018.
Having topped pre-season testing outright with new manufacturing facility signing Jack Miller, whereas it stormed to pole in each the Qatar and Doha GPs with manufacturing facility rider Francesco Bagnaia and Pramac’s Jorge Martin, Ducati’s victory run at Losail was anticipated to proceed.
However solely Bagnaia from the manufacturing facility squad achieved a podium in Qatar, whereas prime Ducati honours went to Johann Zarco on the Pramac GP21 with a pair of seconds – which have put him 4 factors clear within the standings.
Talking in an interview with Motorsport.com, Ciabatti disregarded ideas Ducati can be fearful about coming away from Qatar with out a win, noting the distinction in tyre traits in 2018/2019 in comparison with this 12 months.
“One may assume that Ducati did not win on a beneficial monitor,” Ciabatti stated.
“However we took each pole positions, with a brand new circuit document, we took 4 of the six podium locations and we lead the championship with Zarco.
“Clearly I’d have appreciated to have gained at the least one race, but when we’re not comfortable, how can the opposite manufacturers be?
“Those that depend on the truth that Ducati gained in Qatar in 2018 and 2019, with Dovizioso, do not bear in mind that the tyres used then had nothing to do with the present ones, which should be managed.
“Already within the 2020 pre-season assessments, [Andrea] Dovizioso was not as aggressive as he had been earlier than. So, we’re very happy with the advance we now have made.”
Bagnaia set a brand new all-time Losail lap document of 1m52.772s to say his maiden MotoGP pole within the opening spherical, whereas Ducati set a brand new prime velocity document after Zarco was clocked at 225.2mph throughout apply for the Qatar GP.
Miller emerged from the Qatar double-header with a pair of ninth-place finishes having had a tyre difficulty within the first spherical, whereas an arm pump downside hindered him within the Doha GP.
The Australian has since undergone surgical procedure to right this and is predicted to be again in motion subsequent weekend in Portugal.