The Qatar MotoGP Shakedown test - open to test riders, rookies and riders from Concession manufacturer Aprilia - is underway at Losail.

The outing marks the first MotoGP laps for rookies Enea Bastianini, Luca Marini and Jorge Martin, plus the debut of Cal Crutchlow as a Yamaha test rider, the Englishman sharing M1s with the Factory's Japanese test riders Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Kohta Nozane.

Earlier today, Crutchlow warned that very strong winds could limit the track action and only three bikes have set a lap time in the opening hour.

The first Official 2021 MotoGP test, open to all race riders, begins at the circuit on Saturday.

Testing takes place from 2pm to 9pm each day...

Qatar MotoGP Shakedown test times - Friday (3pm)
1 Takuya TsudaJPNSuzuki Test Rider (GSX-RR)2m 4.440s
2 Yamaha Test Bike 2N/AYamaha Test Rider (YZR-M1)+1.021s
3 Michele PirroITADucati Test Rider (GP21)+1.396s

Official Qatar MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 53.380s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo SPA Yamaha 1m 54.927s (2016)

By Peter McLaren