2019 Qatar GP: 4 Predictions for the race
#3 Maverick Vinales establishes himself as a top rider
Maverick Vinales endured a splendid qualifying session on Saturday, ultimately finishing on pole, ahead of Dovizioso and Marc Marquez, garnering all the attention before the main race on Sunday.
In the past, Vinales was always overshadowed by the seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi. With the qualifying session not going as planned for the Italian, forcing him to start the race from a lowly fourteenth place, Vinales, who is on pole, has a brilliant opportunity to establish himself as the future for the Yamaha Factory Racing in the seasons to come.
A podium would do him a world of good or even a top-4 finish would put the spotlight on him for the rest of the season as the rider who can get results for the Yamaha Factory Racing team, which has struggled since the previous season.